I’m very excited to announce that I have been lucky enough to win a BBC Bursary Award. The award means I will be given a stand at the BBC Good Food Winter show (28th November and the 2nd December) for free. This is a huge recognition for the quality of my chocolates. I’m really excited about the opportunity and it’s given me a huge boost in confidence.
I will also be giving talks each day at the BBC Good Food Show, which I’m looking forward to. I enjoy giving talks and sampling chocolates with people and seeing what they think about my chocolates.
Here’s some information from the official press release
BBC Good Food Shows announce Bursary Award Winners
Having scoured the country for the last 6 months and after a lengthy and competitive application process culminating in a tasting sessions at the Good Food Test Kitchens, the winners of the BBC Good Food Show Bursary Awards have now been announced.
The Bursary Awards enable BBC Haymarket Exhibitions to reward passionate, dedicated and outstanding artisan producers. Winners are provided with a free of charge stand at one of the three Shows this autumn and given the opportunity to put their products in front of tens of thousands of food fans.
Gillian Carter, Editor Good Food Magazine, said…“I am so happy with this year’s pick of Bursary Award Winners. We tasted over 60 products altogether and these really stood out for their overall quality – and we think our visitors will love them! It’s great to be able to support outstanding fledgling producers and we can’t wait for the visitors to see the produce”
If you would like to buy tickets please click here, and please check out Katy Truss’s blog from BBC Haymarket who wrote about the Bursary Awards and Judging.
This Saturday I found out that I had won 2 Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards run by the Guild of Fine Foods for my Shropshire Lavender Truffle in Dark Chocolate. Some of you may remember that last year I won 1 Gold Star for my Shropshire Lavender Truffle in White Chocolate. I also won 2 Gold Stars for my Dark Chocolate Butterscotch in 2010.
I’m really glad to see that a little bit of tweaking to my Lavender Truffle has meant I have won 2 Stars. To make the Lavender Truffles I use Lavender grown by Shropshire Lavender and locally sourced cream. The truffle has a very creamy consistency and is encased in delicious chocolate (It’s available in White, Milk and Dark).
Once I have the feedback from the judges I will post some of the details 🙂
If you don’t know much about the Great Taste Awards I’ve listed some interesting facts from their website below
- 7482 products were entered this year by over 1500 companies.
- All the tasting is blind and 350+ judges are used; they range from fine food retailers, chefs, restaurant critics, food writers and other industry experts.
- Of the 7482 products entered 1686 of them were awarded 1 Star Gold, 608 products were awarded 2 Gold Stars and 114 food products received the special 3 Gold Star.
I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank all my lovely regulars and hopefully after reading this post some of you might take the opportunity to pop into my shop in the Shrewsbury Market Hall.
I can still send chocolates out my mail order as well, so please email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) me if you’re interested
Toot Sweets Confectionery is very excited and happy to announce that we have won 2 awards at this year’s Great Taste Awards organised by the Guild of Fine Food. We’re so excited we’re currently debating whether we should go lie down in a dark room for the rest or the afternoon hahahaha
Our first award went to our White Chocolate Shropshire Lavender Truffle which won 1 Gold Star, the judges said “The overall chocolate is well made with a good balance of texture between the outer case and filling”.
Our next award went to our Dark Chocolate Butterscotch chocolate which won 2 Gold Stars, the judges said “Great taste, great texture, tasty, stunning taste, butterscotch is ‘proper’ and offsets the dark chocolate taste, good ‘snap’ in chocolate exterior”.
If you don’t know about the Guild of Fine Foods or the Great Taste Awards then here’s a little bit of info for you.
“For 2010, over 6000 products were judged over an intense two-month period. The Awards’ organiser, the Guild of Fine Food constantly refines the judging mechanics and this year was no exception. Before gold is awarded, a minimum of eight experts, often 16 taste, discuss and agree. For two- or three-stars, up to 20 judges must unanimously agree an entry has achieved absolute perfection. Over 350 experts including key buyers, retailers, chefs and food writers blind tasted entries to ensure they are fairly and independently assessed” Taken from http://www.finefoodworld.co.uk