Kilnsey Park wins Great Taste Awards for its Smoked Duck and Trout
The world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, Great Taste, has just released the Great Taste stars of 2015 and Kilnsey Park Estate is celebrating winning two awards. We won the coveted gold three stars for our Smoked Duck Breast and also gained a gold award for ourr Cold Smoked Trout. These smoked products will now be able to proudly carry the gold and black Great Taste logo.
The Yorkshire Dales family run business was against some tough competition – there were over 10,000 entries to the awards, which were judged by over 400 of the most demanding 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.
Jamie Roberts, Managing Partner at Kilnsey Park Estate is delighted: “We are ecstatic at winning this award, just as we’re about to announce our plans to expand our range of smoked products. Many visitors come to Kilnsey Park to enjoy nature and fishing in our lakes, followed by a meal or snack in the restaurant – including fresh produce from our smokehouse. We’re now planning to increase our range of smoked products and make them available to a wider audience. They’re all smoked here at Kilnsey, using traditional techniques and recipes that date back hundreds of years”.
The judges commented: “The Kilnsey Park Estate smoked duck breast is moist and gives a very delicate smoke in the mouth. We found this to be a soft and gentle delight worthy of an award. Flavours come through in waves almost dancing with each other! The cold smoked trout has an attractive glazed appearance, a delicate flavour and is lightly smoked”.
Out of 10,000 Great Taste entries this year, only 130 (1%) have been awarded the three star award – including Kilnsey Park Estate’s smoked duck breast. The panel of judges included Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion, TV presenter and cook Aggie Mackenzie, Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, Masterchef the Professionals finalist Adam Handling, food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer, and chefs.
The Holy Smokery will be launching in October 2015. A new range of premium smoked foods from the Yorkshire Dales will be available from www.holysmokery.net .