From the best cooking oil to the finest cheese for your festive spread – all picked by our expert judges as part of the Great British Food Awards 2017
BEST COOKING OIL
Ocado Gold Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil, £3.49 for 500ml, ocado.com
Whether your cooking a fry up, dressing a salad or looking for the perfect fat to crisp up your roasties, this British-made rapeseed oil is a fantastic all-rounder.
Our judge, TV chef, cook and author Rachel Allen, said: “I found this to have the richest flavour of all the oils I tried. It’s flavoursome and nutty, yet gorgeously smooth.”
BEST SAVOURY PRESERVE
Hawkshead Relish Company Black Garlic Ketchup, £4.99, hawksheadrelish.com
Black garlic bulbs are crushed and combined with the perfect balance of fresh tomatoes, olive oil, spices, Anglesey sea salt and balsamic vinegar to create this truly extraordinary sauce. Great with burgers, as a dip for chips, in your leftover turkey sandwich or even alongside a cheese board – it’s that versatile.
Our judge, gardener, cook, writer and TV presenter Sarah Raven, said: “Original, smoky and rich with a great colour. Would be good with cheese, sausages or a shepherd’s pie.”
*Mrs Darlington’s Spicy Tomato & Sticky Onion Chutney, £2.39, mrsdarlingtons.com
This artisan delight really is the king of granolas!
Our judge, Le Gavroche’s Michel Roux Jr, said: “I love a bowl of cereal, so judging this category was my idea of heaven! The granola tastes homemade, with a lovely nutty flavour. It has a little hint of sweetness from the fruit and honey with a pleasant crunch. Every now and then there was an explosion of taste from the Himalayan salt. It is really delicious with goat’s milk yoghurt and a few blueberries.”
Lynher Dairies Cornish Kern, £4.20 thecheeselarder.co.uk
This super creamy cheese is a real crowd-pleaser and an essential component for any cheese board as far as we’re concerned! Matured for 16 months, it’s flavourful but not overpowering, with a lovely buttery texture.
Our judge, executive chef of London’s Duck & Waffle Dan Doherty, said: “A gorgeous cheese that really develops as you eat it. I loved the crystals and the mature flavour: a real pleasure to eat, especially with a white wine.”
Cotteswold Dairy Greek Style Yogurt made from Fresh Jersey Cream, cotteswolddairy. co.uk
One of the finest yogurts we’ve ever tried, it’s pure indulgence. Great with cereal and fruit for breakfast, even better as a lighter alternative to cream with your Christmas pud.
Our judge, chef patron of Cumbria’s L’Enclume Simon Rogan, said: “The yogurt had a lovely deep creamy flavour and a gorgeously thick, smooth texture. It was great to eat on its own but when combined with some mixed berries from our farm it was next level, a really amazing product which they should be very proud of. Fantastic!”