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Kettyle Irish Foods Triumphs at the Great Taste Awards 2013

24 September 2013

Specialist meat company, Kettyle Irish Foods is celebrating after picking up four awards at Great Taste 2013


Great Taste 2013 is the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting. Kettyle’s stand out winner was its Dry aged boneless Rack of Lamb with Marrow Melt which was awarded 3 Stars and uses Kettyle’s renowned Lough Erne Dry Aged Lamb. Pictured are Maurice Kettyle, Managing Director, Kettyle Foods, Gemma Jennings, New Product Development & Sales Co-ordinator, Kettyle Irish Foods and Ian McKernaghan, Factory Manager, Kettyle Irish Foods.

Specialist meat company, Kettyle Irish Foods is celebrating after picking up four awards at Great Taste 2013 – the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.

The Fermanagh based company, which is part of the Linden Food Group, wowed the judges with its Dry aged boneless Rack of Lamb with Marrow Melt which was awarded 3 stars. The product, which uses their renowned Lough Erne Dry Aged Lamb, drew judges’ comments that included: ‘Really beautiful, looked fantastic. Excellent length of flavour and melting texture!’

Kettyle Irish Foods achieved a further two stars for both their Dry Cured Bacon Collar Steaks, sourced from 100% British Outdoor Bred pigs and their 28 Day Dry Aged Tomahawk Steaks with Truffle Infused Marrow Melt which one judge commented: ‘The Tomahawk steak speaks pure ‘theatre’ when it comes to butchery! It’s as impressive in its appearance as it is in flavour. The authentic dry aging definitely made this steak an outstanding product, the sauce was gorgeous!’

The company’s one star winner was its Guinness Stincotta Osso Bucco - a ham hock with a smoky, dark Guinness glaze.

Great Taste is simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging. Judges are presented with, for example, a small sample of the dish, with no wrappings, jars or marks – and they taste, confer and re-taste before making the decision 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.


Out of almost 10,000 products entered into Great Taste 2013 just 125 have been awarded 3-star. All 3-star products have been re-judged by a panel including Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Champion, food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets and Michelin Star chef Russell Brown who have together decided on the 2013 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners as well as the new 2013 Supreme Champion.

Maurice Kettyle, Managing Director of Kettyle Irish Foods, said: "Once again we are thrilled to be recognised at Great Taste which are often referred to as the Oscars of the food industry. All of our products are crafted with great skill, innovation and dedication and we’re delighted our customers can enjoy the fantastic award winning results."

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