In what has been a phenomenally successful run for the Nottinghamshire Dairy – Colston Bassett were last night announced as recipients of this year’s Great Taste Award’s much sought after gold stars. The Shropshire Blue collected the highest accolade of three gold stars and Stilton received one gold star.

Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, the Great Taste Awards are the acknowledged benchmark for the speciality food and drink sector. The Great Taste logo offers members of the public a trusted and instantly recognisable guarantee of quality.

In 2014 the Awards received over 10,000 individual product entries.  A panel of 405 judges including 38 coordinating food writers reviewed the food and drink entries over 50 judging days that took place between May and July.

Of those 10,000 entries, just over 1% are awarded three stars. These successful entries go on to be considered for the ‘Top 50 Products’ which will be announced at the Guild of Fine Food’s Golden Forks dinner at The Royal Garden Hotel, London during the Speciality & Fine Food Fair trade exhibition which takes place at Olympia, London in September.

Billy Kevan comments; “It has been quite an unbelievable few weeks.  Having won ‘Supreme Champion’ trophies at both the Great Yorkshire Show and the International Cheese Awards at Nantwich during July, we’ve now got August off to a brilliant start with a total of four Great Taste Award stars. This is the second year in a row that the Shropshire Blue has received three stars and last year went on to become one of the Top 50 products as well. As a cheesemaker, I truly value consistency and these awards demonstrate that we make top quality cheese day after day and year after year.”