The 2018 finalists

It was tough. Really tough, but at last we've agreed on the finalists for 2018

All in the Taste Award – food

A food product that uses unusual ingredients and combinations to achieve a wonderful taste profile.

The following are gold award winners:

  • Baked by Neelu – Signature chocolate brownies (gluten, dairy and soya free and vegan)
  • Kinomi Nuts – Bari bari barus (wild nut grown in pods in Brazil’s Cerrado savanna)
  • Fifth Dimension Chocolates – Soy caramel sauce (soya sauce-based caramel)
  • Rubies in the Rubble – Banana ketchup (made with food waste bananas)
  • Morocco Gold – Single estate extra virgin olive oil (Morocco’s first extra virgin olive oil)

The People’s Choice award will be chosen by our guests at the awards dinner.

All in the Taste Award – drink

A drink product that uses unusual ingredients and combinations to achieve a wonderful taste profile.

The following are gold award winners:

  • YumCha – Moroccan mint ice tea (using gunpowder tea leaves that make berber whisky)
  • World of Zing – Bordeaux barrel aged negroni (aromatic and complex bitter cocktail)
  • Dalston’s – Cola (cola nuts, citrus, spices and lavender)
  • Longflint Drinks Co – Hibiscus, gin tonic (cold brewed hibiscus flowers in gin and tonic)
  • Double Dutch – Pomegranate and basil tonic water (herbaceous aroma with sweet finish)

The People’s Choice award will be chosen by our guests on the night of the awards dinner.

Clean Eating Award

A traditional factory-produced food or drink product that has been stripped of preservatives, additives or other ingredients and now offers a healthier, cleaner choice. 

The following are finalists:

  • Moose Maple – Moose maple butter (just British butter, maple syrup and a touch of salt)
  • Hunter & Gather – Avocado oil mayonnaise (just avocado oil, egg yolk, cider vinegar, salt)
  • On The Menu – Real good ketchup (78% less salt and xylitol from sustainable birch forests)
  • Green Cola – Green Cola (using stevia and natural caffeine from green coffee beans)
  • Urban Cordial – Apple, lemon and fennel cordial (just apple, lemon, fennel, sugar)
  • Eat First – Teriyaki tofu (vegan, dairy and gluten free using GM-free soy beans)

Two silver awards and the gold winner will be chosen by our judging panel for announcement at the awards dinner.

Free-From Award 

A food or drink product where traditional allergens or ingredients have been removed, but you’d never know it… We’re talking great taste without the nasties.

The following are finalists:

Two silver awards and the gold winner will be chosen by our judging panel for announcement at the awards dinner.

Smart Packaging Award 

Not pretty packaging, but product innovation to protect and transport our food and drink, whether for retail, takeaway or delivery.

The following are finalists:

Two silver awards and the gold winner will be chosen by our judging panel for announcement at the awards dinner.

Smart Tech/Kitchen Award

Smart gadgets, apps and technology to make cooking, preparing or analysing our food easy-peasy.

The following are finalists:

Two silver awards and the gold winner will be chosen by our judging panel for announcement at the awards dinner.

Presenters’ Award

The weirdest food, drink, gadget or technology that we’ve had on The FoodTalk Show in the last year. The winner will be the product that we think is a bit different but incredibly clever at the same time. 

The following are finalists:

The gold winner will be chosen by our presenters for announcement at the awards dinner.

The Impossible to Categorise Award

The most interesting food-related person or company that either submitted an entry or we’ve had on The FoodTalk Show in the last year. The winner will be someone we believe is making a real contribution to the food sector.  

The following are finalists:

The gold winner will be chosen by our presenters for announcement at the awards dinner.

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