The world’s largest blind-tasted food awards Great Taste, has just released the stars of 2014 and Latimers Seafood Deli and Cafe is amongst the producers celebrating as its Roasted Smoked Salmon is now able to proudly carry the little gold and black Great Taste logo.
“Oh my cod! we can’t believe it, we are so thrilled to have won an award” said Robert Latimer.
“We love eating our own in-house Roasted Smoked Salmon and know our customers do too, so to have it acknowledged amongst the greatest tasting products this country has to offer is really quite something for our small family business. Whelk done to the team, we entered just for the halibut and thought we had a cat(fish) in hell’s chance of winning and musselling out the competition…!
As the awards are judged blind we decided to enter our artisan salmon product – because it’s not all about the packaging & branding – it is all about the taste!
We smoke all of our own fish on the premises; soaking the salmon in our secret recipe brine then smoking for 36 hours using oak and beach sawdust…then it is roasted, resulting in a delicious ready to eat, melt-in the mouth product, with a distinct yet subtle flavour!”
Don’t just take our word for it – this is what the judges said:
“A very attractive piece of salmon with a good colour crust, the inside a pale pink and succulently moist. This has a lovely texture: excellent, big flakes of fish that are moist and rich. The smoke level is just right – more a whiff than a bonfire – a really lovely balance. Well made.
We agree that the smokiness and flavours are just right here, and deliciously moist. Terrific salmon.”
A previously experienced salmon farmer and lone – creel fisherman off the west coast of Scotland, Robert implicitly understands the importance of sourcing the finest sustainable fish.It’s 12 years since owner Robert Latimer opened Latimers Seafood at Whitburn. Since then the business has gone from strength to strength and is now synonymous with seafood lovers as the plaice to go for the freshest local catches of seafood, superb variety and friendly expertise.
sted Smoked Salmon is superior quality grade fish from RSPCA Freedom Food Accredited farms which are monitored by independent quality control inspectors. Each case carries the “Shetland Seafood Quality Control” mark. The team at Latimers smoke fish year round and also (when in season during the summer) Northumbrian ‘cobble caught’ wild salmon and sea trout.
Latimers Roasted Smoked Salmon is ready to eat and tremendously versatile; so it’s great with salad, stirred through warm pasta with crème fraiche, to eat straight from the fridge or as a delicious ingredient in many recipes. Latimers do scrumptiousous seafood platters, with their Roasted Smoked Salmon featuring alongside local dressed crab, lobster and langoustines, which customers can order to take home and enjoy. The award winning salmon can also be found on the Latimers café menu on their seafood platters and in a crispy baguette with cream cheese.
Great Taste is simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging. Judges are presented with a spoonful of jam, a pie, a slice of salami, or a cup of espresso, with no wrappings, jars or marks – and they taste, confer and re-taste before making the decis
This year a massive 10,000 products entered into Great Taste and of those products, 153 have been awarded 3-star. A panel of supremely talented judges including; Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Champion, BBC Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon, Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, MasterChef 2013 Natalie Coleman, food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets, and chefs including Michelin Star chef Russell Brown have together re-judged and tasted yet again the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2014 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners as well as the new 2014 Supreme Champion. ion on whether a product should be a 1-, 2- or 3-star winner. In total more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product.
Finally on Monday, 8 September, at a nail-biting Awards’ Dinner at the Royal Garden Hotel, London, the great and the good from the world of fine food will gather to hear who has won the Golden Fork Awards and the final applause will be reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2014.