One of the best parts of my busy job is the variety in what I do, not only on a daily basis but throughout the year I manage to cover an array of jobs, including being a Great Taste Awards judge! Over the last couple of years I have been asked to be part of the judging of the Great Taste Awards and this is one of my favourite days.
The very smart, new Taste HQ is located next to Borough Market which meant the attacks disrupted the first week but didn’t hinder the enthusiasm when it was swiftly put back on track. I headed down on Friday morning last week to join a number of brilliant judges from all sorts of food professions. It’s great to meet the other judges and hear their food journeys and about what they are up to in the world of food.
The judging tables are all set for pre allocated groups, I was on a table with the wonderful Felicity (Spector) from Channel 4 and gentleman named Mark who ran a distribution company for olives and anti-pasti products based in Oxford. Between the three of us we embarked on tasting an array of products and over the course of the morning tasted over 20 products.
It is great fun tasting such an array of food, you can jump from a dine in curry to Matcha sorbet, it really is very varied and interesting. Your role as a judge is to make sure that you are fair, honest and open minded. During the introduction they encourage you to pretend the producer is sat at the table with you, this I thought was a lovely thought and remembered this when giving feedback.
We tasted, munched, crunched and deliberated over each mouthful, it is simply fantastic that so many people enter the awards. I am always impressed with the turnout and quality of the food which just goes to show how many brilliantly passionate producers there are out there. Looking back now there was a pasta which really stayed with me and a chocolate brownie which despite being gluten free was heaven on a plate!
I am already looking forward to next year!