FOUR county companies have happy the urge for food of judges and scooped much-coveted stars in a UK-wide food and drinks awards.
The Nice Style Awards, organised by the Guild of High quality Meals, noticed a crew of 144 judges pattern meals and drinks and charge them for style, texture and look.
And 4 East Lothian companies had been among the many 12,777 entrants to achieve stars, which may now be printed on their packaging as a stamp of gastronomic excellence.
The judges awarded three stars to “terribly tasty meals”; two stars to food and drinks that was “above and past scrumptious”; and one star to meals that “delivered implausible flavour”.
The 4 East Lothian companies to tickle the judges’ tastebuds had been Yester Farm Dairies; The Spice Witch; By Julia; and Brodies.
Yester Farm Dairies, primarily based close to Gifford, gained two stars for its signature cottage cheese, which the judges stated had “lifted cottage cheese to a brand new dimension”.
Jackie McCreery, co-owner of Yester Farm Dairies, stated: “We now have a number of the greatest farming situations within the UK right here in East Lothian and we will make the highest quality produce.
“I imagine that this, mixed with the extraordinary help we now have acquired from the local people, has helped us to have the ability to produce merchandise worthy of such prestigious awards as Nice Style.”
The Spice Witch in Prestonpans additionally gained two stars for its flagship product, Mango and Chilli Chutney, which is made totally by hand in small batches. Judges declared it to have an “wonderful aroma”.
Janice Strachan, the corporate’s proprietor, stated: “There’s an exquisite historical past and love of excellent produce in East Lothian and we’re extremely grateful to work alongside such a wealth of native expertise and producers.”
Gullane-based By Julia gained one star for her drinks mixer Gullane Glögg, a mixture of orange and spices which will be added to pink or glowing wine.
Proprietor Julia Sutherland stated: “Nice Style awards are so essential to the enterprise, as they’re an endorsement of the standard of the product that carries the emblem.”
Tea and low firm Brodies, primarily based in Musselburgh, gained two units of one-star awards for its Kilimanjaro espresso and its Skeachan cake.
Ann Hameda, Brodies nationwide retail gross sales supervisor, stated: “Artisan producers are extra related to their merchandise, and that reveals within the high quality and style of the meals they make.”
Rebecca Muir, enterprise supervisor for East Lothian, Scotland’s Meals and Drink County – an organisation uniting and supporting the native meals trade – stated: “These 4 companies show the breadth of expertise and great style coming from East Lothian’s food and drinks sector.
“The neighborhood has been so supportive of our native producers, notably over latest months, and I’m certain that has contributed to what they’ve been capable of obtain.
“I do know that our winners are all grateful for all of the help they obtain from East Lothian residents.”