Shetlandeli wins at the Great Taste Awards August 06 2015

We are delighted to say that we are celebrating a high-profile accolade in the world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, the Great Taste Awards - described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world.

We won the award for our Valhalla Ale Chutney, which the judges described as "well made, with love."  Made with Sjolmet Stout from Shetland’s Valhalla Brewery, Valhalla chutney is rich with spices, apples, root vegetables, dates and dark sugar. Jill Franklin, founder of Shetlandeli, says: “This is our first Great Taste Award and we’re thrilled to have this recognition in our first year of operation. Our customers’ taste buds have already voted Valhalla our most popular chutney, so it’s wonderful to get such a high-profile endorsement. It places Valhalla amongst some of the best products in the UK. We’re very proud.”

Shetlandeli won one star for Valhalla and now we can proudly carry the little gold and black Great Taste logo in recognition of this success.

Judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, producers 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 is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product – hundreds of judges have worked tirelessly to discover the very best, through hours and hours of blind-tasting a total of 10,000 different foods and drinks.

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with branding and packaging ignored. All products are removed from their wrappers and containers before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of an award.

There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year and of those products, 130 have been awarded a 3-star, 597 received a 2-star and 2,382 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges included: Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion; TV presenter and cook, Aggie Mackenzie; chefs including James Golding, Chef Director of The Pig hotel group; Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn; Masterchef the Professionals finalist, Adam Handling; and food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer.