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Sussex Winners of Great Taste Awards 2023

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All photos credited to Guild of Fine Food – Sam Pelly

Let’s celebrate the Sussex winners of the Great Taste 2023 awards. Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, the Great Taste awards are a recognised stamp of excellence and are actively sought out by food lovers and retailers alike. All products in the line-up for judging are blind-tasted: every product is removed from its packaging so it cannot be identified, before entering a robust, layered judging process.

Sussex winners Great taste awards

Across 89 judging days in Dorset and London, a group of more than 500 judges conducted comprehensive blind taste tests on 14,195 entries. Each producer receives invaluable feedback on their submissions from an array of food experts. And the results? Products from the South East have won not one, but an impressive 745 awards and Sussex won some 90! Only 15 producers in the South East won three 3-stars two of which come from Sussex.

Great Taste Awards Sussex winners

The Great Taste 2023 judging panel

The distinguished judging panel consisting of over 500 food & drink experts, included chefs, critics, recipe developers, buyers, journalists, retailers, broadcasters, and reputable industry professionals.

These include senior buyers and coordinators from Selfridges, Whole Foods Market, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Waitrose and Westmorland Family. The line up also includes MasterChef 2022 winner Eddie Scott, olive oil sommelier and author Irini Tzortzoglou, food writer and owner of Violet Cakes Claire Ptak, chef and co-founder of Island Social Club Marie Mitchell, chef turned farmer Julius Roberts, pastry chef and author Ravneet Gill, restaurateur and producer Amy Poon from Poon’s, baker and author Kitty Tait – the youngest and newest judge to join this year. Finally, broadcasters and journalists Andy Clarke and Juliet Sear (ITV), Felicity Cloake (The Guardian), Xanthe Clay (Telegraph) and Joanna Blythman were involved this year, among many others.

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Look out for the badge of honour

The Great Taste award-winners can now proudly display the iconic black and gold Great Taste logo as a badge of honour on their award-winning products. The logo states whether the product was awarded 1-, 2- or 3- stars and that it was awarded in 2023, so make sure to look out for them in your local stockist!

Sussex winners of Great Taste awards 2023

Great Taste Golden Fork ceremony

The excitement of Great Taste 2023 doesn’t stop here, for the highest-scoring winners it’s just the beginning. All 3-star winning products were tasted and judged again by the knowledgeable judging panel to crown the Golden Fork trophy winners and the 2023 Supreme Champion – the highest accolade of all. The Golden Fork ceremony celebrates the best of the best from producers around the world, awarding them with a Golden Fork trophy. Further Golden Fork trophies are given for various categories, including the Guild of Fine Food Lifetime Achievement award, the Great Taste Startisan of the Year award and Nigel Barden’s Heritage Award. All will be announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Ceremony on Monday 11 September 2023 at the Battersea Arts Centre (trade event only).

Sussex winner of Great Taste Awards 2023

Sussex winners of the Great Taste awards 2023 

Higgidy Sussex winner of Great Taste Awards

3 star winners

Higgidy Shoreham won three stars for their Porcini & Chestnut Mushroom Pie and The Weald Smokery from Flimwell won three stars for their smoked haddock.

Sussex winner of Great Taste Awards

2 star winners

Two-star winners include:

Martin-Wells Distillery Ltd T/A Slake Spirits Sussex Dry Gin
OMGTEA Ltd OMGTea Green Gold Organic Matcha
Edgcumbes Tea & Coffee Co Ltd EDGE ‘Dark Side of the Edge’ House Blend
Small Batch Coffee Roasters Goldstone Espresso Blend
Small Batch Coffee Roasters Throwback Espresso Blend
Bean Smitten Equinox Blend
Dualit Ltd Dualit Decaf Aluminium Coffee Capsules  – 10 Pack or 50 Pack
Dualit Ltd Organic Columbian Aluminium Coffee Capsules  – 10 Pack or 50 Pack
Small Batch Coffee Roasters Goldstone Blend
Small Batch Coffee Roasters Zambian Natural
The Hungry Guest Potato and Rosemary Bread
Spiced Sussex Spiced Sussex- Woodfired Hot Sauce
Besaucy Ltd Vegan Garlic Mayonnaise
The Weald Smokery Smoked Chicken Breast
The Weald Smokery Hot Roast Smoked Salmon
The Weald Smokery Smoked eel fillet
Alsop & Walker Lord London
Alsop & Walker Idle Hour
Alsop & Walker Ewe EatMe
Caroline’s Dairy LLP Raspberry Sorbet

1-star winners  

Gun Brewery Scaramanga
Gun Brewery Project Babylon
Mousehall Estate Ltd Mousehall Sussex Dry Gin
Martin-Wells Distillery Ltd T/A Slake Spirits Alexander Gin
South Downs Spirits Goldstone White Rum
Georgie and Henners Ltd (T/A G&H Spirits) Choc Chilli
Martin-Wells Distillery Ltd T/A Slake Spirits Wild Elixir – Bacchus Gin-based Aperitif
Old Tree Brewery Lemon Lavender Kombucha
Old Tree Brewery Hop and Hemp Kombucha
HOLOS London HOLOS Sparkling Oolong (with Elderflower)
HOLOS London Kombucha – Dark Fruit
Edgcumbes Tea & Coffee Co Ltd EDGE ‘Camomile, Fennel & Rose Petal’ Herbal Tea blend
OMGTEA Ltd OMGTea AAA Organic Matcha
Small Batch Coffee Roasters Cameroon Single Origin
Edgcumbes Tea & Coffee Co Ltd EDGE ‘Sussex Barn’ Signature Blend
Edgcumbes Tea & Coffee Co Ltd EDGE ‘Decaf Side of the Edge’ House Blend
Bean Smitten Classic Blend
Wild Eve Ltd Temple Seasonal Blend Coffee
Scacco Matto Robusto coffee
Dualit Ltd Dualit Americano Aluminium Coffee Capsules  – 10 Pack or 50 Pack
Dualit Ltd Dualit Indian Monsoon Aluminium Coffee Capsules  – 10 Pack or 50 Pack
Dualit Ltd Rocketcharged™  – 10 Pack or 50 Pack
Dualit Ltd Intense Compostable Coffee Bags – 50 Pack
Small Batch Coffee Roasters Ethiopian Ejere
Booyah Vitality Dandelion Coffee
Picnic and hamper Sussex cheese skinny finnie chilli
Belle & Wilde Belle & Wilde – Cheese, Walnut & Smoked Paprika Mini Savoury Biscuits
Belle & Wilde Belle & Wilde – Parmesan & Nigella Seed Mini Savoury Biscuits
Beth’s Kitchen and Cakery Lemon and Blueberry Polenta Cake
Noble and Stace Chocolatiers Vegan Dark Chocolate Mineral Water Truffle
ArtChocolat Hazelnut Cookie Chocolates
ArtChocolat Yuzu Dark Chocolate Chocolates
ArtChocolat Blackcurrant caramel chocolates
ArtChocolat Tropical Caramel chocolates
ArtChocolat Hazelnut & almond praline chocolates
Letimi Ltd t/a Gatos Chocolate. Gatos Espresso + White 36% Chocolate
Mrs McGoo Tablet Mrs McGoo Tablet
BMAC International Trade Ltd BEE HURO HONEY
Kukuya Kitchen Smooth Peanut Butter
Kukuya Kitchen Crunchy Pecan Butter
Kukuya Kitchen Smooth Almond Butter
Game On Cider Jelly with Sage
Boom Sauce Boom Sauce – Fix Up D’heat
Boom Sauce Boom Sauce – Smokey Fix
Beth’s Kitchen and Cakery Chilli Jam
Kikkoman Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce with Roasted Garlic
Kikkoman Kikkoman Mirun-fu Sweet Cooking Seasoning
Fins & Forks Ltd Cold Smoked Sea Salt Flakes
Besaucy Ltd Vegan Smoked Chipotle Mayonnaise
REBEL Pirata Loin
The Weald Smokery Home Cooked Ham
REBEL Brighton Salami
REBEL House Sobrasada
The Weald Smokery Sliced smoked duck breast
Higgidy Cauliflower Cheese & Broccoli Pie
Higgidy Roasted Tomato & Spinach Vegan Quiche
The Hungry Guest Mixed Bean Chilli Pasty
Higgidy Spinach, Feta & Red Pepper Little Lattices
Alsop & Walker Sussex Camembert
The Hungry Guest Pecan Pie
Smugglers Food Smugglers Chocolate Ice Cream With Hidden Beetroot
Gianni’s banoffee pie
Gianni’s mango sorbet
FrieslandCampina UK Ltd Valess vegetarian Chicken-Style Tenders
FrieslandCampina UK Ltd Chocomel Plant Based

For the full list of this year’s winners and where to buy them, head to

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