NINE local food companies have been honoured in this year’s Great Taste Awards, receiving gold stars to recognise the excellence of their products.

The annual awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Food, with 144 judges – leading critics, chefs, buyers and restaurateurs – pouring through thousands of entrants to select the year’s top produce.

Products receive a one, two or three-star rating if they are ranked among the best by judges, with the majority receiving no rating at all, which goes to show how exclusive and illustrious the Great Taste Awards are.

A total of 218 three-star, 1,137 two-stars, and 4,025 one-star awards were given out.

Of the three-star recipients the top 16 products receive a Golden Fork award – with this year’s winners set to be revealed on October 17, and one Supreme Champion crowned from those 16.

In Bradford, 19 Great Taste Awards were handed to products from nine different companies: one three-star award, four two-star awards, and 14 one-star prizes.

Otley-based Yorkshire Pecorino claimed the area’s only three-star prize, one of only three handed out in West Yorkshire, for its Leeds Blue; a 30-day aged ewe’s milk cheese produced at a farm in Harrogate.

Yorkshire Pecorino also claimed two two-star prizes for its Fresco and Fiore products, and a one-star award for its Ewe-Mi cheese.

Just Desserts Yorkshire, of Station Road, Shipley, picked up a two-star award for its Spicy Ginger Tray Bake Cake.

Two Keighley companies picked up three awards a piece from Great Taste. Vanilla etc., based at Oakwood Business Park, received a two-star award for its Madagascan Gourmet Vanilla Beans, while its Vanilla Double Chocolate Fudgy Brownies and Madagascan Vanilla Bean Paste with Seeds were both awarded one-star.

Chef Akila, based in North Street, won one-star awards for her Fisherman’s Curry Sauce, Vegetable Dum Biryani, and Mum’s Masala Potatoes.

Shipley-based Aagrah was handed two one-star awards for its Punjabi Marinade Spice Blend and Hara Tikka Marinade Spice Blend.

Butcher Lishman’s of Ilkley, in Leeds Road in the town, also won two awards, with its Smoked Dry Cured Back Bacon and Pork & Fennel Salami both receiving one-star prizes.

Grandma Wild’s, based in Steeton, also won two awards for its Rhubarb Crumble Biscuits and Ginger Biscuits, which both received one-star.

Hilton Ice Cream, based in Garnett Street just outside the city centre, received a one-star award for its Millions Aubrey Strawberry & Hugh Blue Ice Cream.

Brighouse-based Eurostar Commodities also picked up a one-star award for its Gluten Free Chapati Flour White.

West Yorkshire’s only other three-star award winner was Slaithwaite-based Dark Woods Coffee, which won two three-star awards for its Colombia Mikava 100 per cent Geisha, Carbonic Natural, and Panama La Huella “Café de Panama" Natural products.

The coffee company picked up 13 Great Taste Awards in total, with nine two-star awards and two one-star awards to complete its successful haul.

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