The Great Taste Awards are the most trusted and recognized in the food and drink industry. Organized by the Guild of Fine Food, the GTA is the acknowledged benchmark for specialty food and drink. It has been described as the “Oscars” of the food world and the “epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize.”
Eleven Greek products – 10 from the Odysea company – won this year’s GTA, including honey, cheese, olives and extra-virgin olive oil. Judges took into consideration the taste and distribution network abroad. Winning differentiates products and guides consumers to foods that have a reliable seal of approval based upon great taste and not only marketing.
Over 350 professional foodies come together each year to take part in 45 days of judging, deciding which foods deserve one, two, or the ultimate three-star award. The decisions were based on blind-tasting by a panel that included Master Chef winner and restaurateur Mat Follas, restaurant critic and Master Chef judge Charles Campion, food writers Lucas Hollweg and Xanthe Clay and more than 300 food buyers from leading food halls, such as Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason, as well as delicatessens and farm shops across the country. Moreover, 8,807 products were entered, with 2,670 awarded one- and two-star golds and just 123 receiving the coveted three-star gold.
More information about the Greek products awarded at the 2012 GTA can be found on the following link: http://www.odysea.com/press/great-taste-award-winners-2012.php