Posted: 16.08.19 at 08:34 by Tim Lethaby
Organic Spelt Wholegrain Flour made by Sharpham Park, near Glastonbury, has won three stars in the 2019 Great Taste Awards.
Only 208 of the 12,772 products sent in from more than 100 different countries were awarded the three-star Great Taste award, which means the product was described by judges as “extraordinarily tasty”.
The judges also said: "A crisp-crusted, even and open textured loaf was produced using the flour with a delightful wheaty and nutty flavour.
"A great favourite with judges and a delight to use. A really great flour.”
In addition Sharpham Park Organic Spelt White Flour and Organic Spelt Bakers Blend were both awarded two stars which means the judges believe they are "above and beyond delicious".
Roger Saul, founder of Sharpham Park, said: “It is so rewarding to have this accolade from the Great Taste Awards for an ancient grain that we have taken from farm through stone ground milling to the humble loaf, all in the UK.
"At a time when we are all fast realising that a plant-based approach to our food supply is going to be a vital part of our future, we are also delighted that our pearled spelt and spelt grain have also been recognised for their versatility and potential."
Judged by more than 500 of the most demanding palates (belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists), Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.
As well as a badge of honour, the black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost for the customer to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.
There were 12,772 entries into Great Taste this year and, of those products, 208 have been awarded a three-star, 1,326 received a two-star and 3,409 were awarded a one-star accolade.
The panel of judges this year included: cook, writer and champion of sustainable food Melissa Hemsley; MasterChef 2018 champion Kenny Tutt; author, Olia Hercules; chef and food writer, Gill Meller; Kavi Thakar from Dishoom; food writer and stylist Georgina Hayden; and author and chef Zoe Adjonyoh; as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason, Sourced Market and Partridges.