Chefs’ Choice Awards 2017 winners revealed

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Champions: the winners of the inaugural Chefs' Choice Awards
Champions: the winners of the inaugural Chefs' Choice Awards

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Hundreds of foodservice suppliers battled it out to have their products named the best at the inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards in London earlier this week.

Products were entered into 18 categories, covering bread and morning goods through to desserts.

The most decorated product of the event, held at the Haymarket Hotel on 7 March, was Booker Group’s Chef’s Larder chocolate fudge brownie, which stole the top spot in the Free-From category and took home the Chefs’ Choice Product of the Year Award.

‘Unidentifiable as gluten-free’

Judges praised the brownie for being “tasty, moist and unidentifiable as gluten-free”.

The awards were spearheaded by The Morning Advertiser’s ​publisher William Reed Business Media (WRBM) to showcase the work of foodservice suppliers, from manufacturing to wholesale.

Event director, and publisher of the manufacturing titles at WRBM, Sonia Young said: “You have asked us to produce and run these awards to enhance the sector.

‘Compete head-to-head’

“These awards will allow businesses in the foodservice supply chain to compete head-to-head in core product categories and secure a competitive advantage via independent assessment of eating quality, value and taste.

“They also highlight the great development work that’s delivering value to thousands of customers in pubs and bars, restaurants, hotels, cafes and other hospitality outlets.”

The full list of 2017’s winners can be seen below.

Bread and Morning Goods
New York Bakery Company Croll

Cheese and Dairy Products
Brakes Ready to Serve Continental Cheese Selection

Condiments
Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium Real Mayonnaise

Finished Desserts
Belfield Chocolate Coated Salted Caramel Profiteroles

Cheesecakes
Brakes Muscavado and Speculoos Cheesecake

Fish and Shellfish
Brakes Cold Smoked Salmon Portions

Beverages
Booker Group Lichfield Fairtrade Gourmet Espresso Beans

Ice Cream and Sorbet
Mövenpick Ice Cream Swiss Chocolate Ice Cream

Beef
Brakes Tomahawk Steak

Lamb and Pork
Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium Wild Boar Hot Dogs

Party and Buffet Foods
Booker Group Chef’s Larder Coronation Chicken Filler

Meal Accompaniment
Farm Frites UK & Ireland Farm Frites Ultimate Chips

Poultry Products
Booker Group Chef’s Larder Spicy Chicken Pops

Products Sold as Free-From
Booker Group Chef’s Larder Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Ready Meals
Brakes Venison Lasagne

Cakes, Biscuits and Scones
Bidvest Foodservice Premium Spiced Parsnip, Maple and Pecan Cake

Vegetables 
Bestway Wholesale Essentially Catering Reduced Salt & Sugar Baked Beans

Vegetarian Ready-meals and Portions
Bidvest Foodservice Premium Selection Butternut Squash Aubergine Feta & Pomegranate Moussaka

Product of the Year
Booker Group Chef’s Larder Chocolate Fudge Brownie

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