The judging panel consisted of professional foodies (manufacturers, chefs and cookery writers), medics (dieticians and nutritionists) coeliac and allergy sufferers and parents of allergic children, a dozen or so keen freefrom bloggers and a good sprinkling of 'outsiders' to benchmark the products against 'normal', non-freefrom equivalents. This meant that judging was vigorous and tough, but with all of my four entries being short-listed, I was confident that they were all highly competitive entries.
It was an anxious wait of over two months until finally the day of announcing the winners had arrived.
An excited crowd of nearly 300 ‘freefrom’ enthusiasts gathered at the Royal College of Physicians in Regents Park last night to watch Antony Worrall Thompson present the awards to the winning entries.
‘Yet again – an amazing range of innovative and really excellent products’, said Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, director of the awards. ‘It is very hard these days to tell a ‘freefrom’ food from a non-freefrom food '
said Antony Worrall Thompson, long term patron of the awards: 'Every year I am amazed how the freefrom sector has grown – and how innovative the products continue to be'.
It was an amazing celebration of great choices for people on a restricted diet , who can now enjoy brand new Free From offerings, some of which are from Smart Eats & Treats!
Here are the results of my entries with judges comments:
Bread – Sponsored by Genius Gluten Free
Winner: Rosemary & Olive Oil Focacette
'Wholesome and multiple allergen free:
great for restaurants, excellent taste & texture.' 'Very similar to focaccia, lovely crusty outside, smells fabulous!' 'Great texture, quite olive 'oily' but lovely appealing bread'.
Commended: Za’tar Manakish (Yeast Free Flat Bread)
'Visually appealing, lovely herby flavours.' 'Great free from credentials'.
Veggie Ready Meals – Sponsored by Goodness Direct
Highly commended: Vegan Red Onion & Courgette Quiche
‘There is so much thought gone into this – I can’t fault it.' 'Egg free quiche GOOD!' 'Completely chuffed to find a quiche that ticks all the allergy boxes.'
With these fantastic results, I am already thinking about next year's awards entries and I would welcome any comments and suggestions.
For more information go to www.freefromfoodawards.co.uk