London, United Kingdom - 12 August 2014 -
The world's largest blind-tasted food awards, Great Taste has just released the stars of 2014. Fifth Dimension Chocolates (5DChocolates.com) is amongst the producers celebrating as its unique Wholegrain Mustard filled chocolate can now proudly carry the little gold and black Great Taste logo.
Judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, members of the Women's Institute, farmers and a host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. When a product wears a Great Taste label it carries a badge of honour, but more importantly, the Great Taste logo signals a wonderful tasting product.. Hundreds of judges have worked hard to discover the very best through hours and hours of blind-tasting a total of 10,000 different foods and drink.
Russell Pullan, Co-founder and Head Chocolatier of Fifth Dimension Chocolates, says “We only launched Fifth Dimension Chocolates in October 2013, and we are thrilled to have already been awarded a star for our Wholegrain Mustard Chocolate when we are not even a year old! We will continue with our ethos of producing handmade chocolates using single-origin cocoa combined with classic and unusual flavours.”
The judges were impressed with the look, taste and mouth-feel of our unusual and unique filled chocolate, and noted, “Excellent quality, attractively presented dark chocolate with a beautiful shine. A rich smooth ganache with a hint of savoury mustard complementing the dark smooth tones of the bitter chocolate.”
Great Taste is simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging. Judges are presented with a spoonful of jam, a pie, a slice of salami, or a cup of espresso, with no wrappings, jars or marks – and they taste, confer and re-taste before making the decision on whether a product should be a 1-, 2- or 3-star winner. In total more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product.
This year a massive 10,000 products entered into Great Taste and of those products, 153 have been awarded 3-star. A panel of supremely talented judges including; Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Champion, BBC Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon, Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, MasterChef 2013 Natalie Coleman, food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets, and chefs including Michelin Star chef Russell Brown have together re-judged and tasted yet again the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2014 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners as well as the new 2014 Supreme Champion.