Great Taste Award for Xanthe Clay

From left to right: John Farrand, Guild of Fine Food, Xanthe Clay and Nigel Barden

Former Guild President and esteemed columnist Xanthe Clay was presented with a Contribution to Fine Food award at the Great Taste Golden Fork Dinner, held on Sunday 1 September at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London. This special trophy, which recognises a knowledgeable individual who promotes small food producers with integrity, was announced in front of 350 guests from the world of fine food, who gathered to celebrate the grand finale of Great Taste 2019.

Having studied at Leiths School of Food and Wine, before becoming a regular columnist at The Daily Telegraph, Xanthe has continued to use her knowledge and influence to inspire and encourage others in the food industry for over two decades. With a deep rooted love for home cooking and five accessible cookery books to her name, Xanthe, who is also Academy Chair for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, knows all too well the hard work and dedication that goes into making top quality food, so has been a valuable palate on both the Great Taste and World Cheese Awards judging teams.

Great Taste, founded in 1994 and organised by the Guild of Fine Food, has judged over 146,000 products in the last 25 years; each one has been blind-tasted by a team of judges who are dedicated to finding the most exquisite tasting food and drink regardless of branding or packaging. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion, author, Olia Hercules, chef and food writer, Gill Meller, Kavi Thakar from Dishoom, food writer and stylist, Georgina Hayden and author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Sourced Market and Partridges. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2019 Supreme Champion.