After months of rigorously tasting the very best in food and drink produced across Ireland and the UK, over 12,366 products to be exact, last night the judges of the world’s most coveted food awards Great Taste revealed the Supreme Champion 2017 to be Hugh Maguire Butchers from Meath for its Smoked Black Pudding.
Listed in this year’s Top 50 Foods, at the Golden Fork Award Dinner as well as receiving the top honour the prized product was also named the Golden Fork for the best food or drink from Ireland, sponsored by Bord Bia.
Smoked over beechwood chippings for 45-minutes, the judges praised the traditional black pudding for its “gentle pepper warmth, saliva-inducing aroma and careful use of smoke, which whooshes across the tongue and works in perfect harmony.”
First generation butcher, Hugh Maguire, who started the business in 1991, took inspiration from his travels around Europe and installed a smokehouse at the craft butcher shop upon his return. Great Taste judges were in awe of this “tender” smoked black pudding and asked, “why has no one ever smoked black pudding before? Genius.”
John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, explains: “This Smoked Black Pudding really does encapsulate what Great Taste is all about; a simple, rather humble product made using good honest ingredients, with a dash of innovation and well measured twist thrown in to excite the palate.”
Last year’s Supreme Champion Peter Hannan of Hannan Meats received the Golden Fork from Northern Ireland for the Sweet Cured Bacon Rack.
The grand finale of the awards was held on Monday 4th September at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel, where over 350 guests from the world of fine food gathered to hear the results.
For more information visit greattasteawards.co.uk.