East Yorkshire-based Staal Smokehouse Ltd is celebrating after winning two honours at the annual deliciouslyorkshire Awards.
The smokehouse, at Riston Grange, Long Riston, won the Best Fish and Seafish category for its Hot Smoked Salmon, and took the Best Newcomer title.
The Awards judges said of Staal’s Hot Smoked Salmon: “The flavour is subtle, the texture perfect – a very versatile product which could go far.”
Picking up the awards at last night’s glittering Awards ceremony at the National Railway Museum, York, Justin Staal, who runs the smokehouse with his wife Georgina, said: “It’s our first year of production and to get this recognition from our peers is tremendous.
“The two awards show we are getting it right and developing and growing an artisan food business in the region.”
The deliciouslyorkshire Awards – now in their eighth year – are widely considered Yorkshire’s food and drink ‘Oscars’ and this year attracted headline sponsorship from Leeds-based supermarket chain ASDA.
deliciouslyorkshire chairman Cath Clelland said: “Every year our Awards just get better and better! From the standard and quality of the entries to the celebration evening itself, the deliciouslyorkshire Awards are a major showcase of the calibre, innovation and enterprise that exists throughout Yorkshire’s food and drink producers, retailers and distributors as well as our fantastic hospitality sector.”
The Awards night menu featured products and ingredients from a number of deliciouslyorkshire members who were either shortlisted or winners in 18 categories which included for the first time ‘deliciouslyorkshire Brand Champions’ representing the various sectors that make up the food and drink industry.
The coveted deliciouslyorkshire Supreme Product was won by St Helen’s Farm, Seaton Ross, York, for its Goat’s Butter, and the Best Newcomer category was won by Staal Smokehouse of Long Riston, East Yorkshire, which also triumphed in the Best Fish and Seafish category with its Hot Smoked Salmon.
Winners in full are:
Best Confectionery – sponsored by Ward Hadaway
Sciolti Chocolates – for its Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla – Brigg, North East Lincolnshire
Best Fish and Seafish
Staal Smokehouse Ltd – Hot Smoked Salmon – Long Riston, East Yorkshire
Best Ready To Eat
Cedarbarn Farm Shop – Aberdreen Angus Stew with Wold Top Beer and Dumplings – Pickering, North Yorkshire
Ampleforth Abbey – Ampleforth Abbey Beer – Ampleforth, North Yorkshire
Best Fresh Produce – Sponsored by Delifresh Ltd
Swillington Organic Farm – Vegetable Box – Leeds, West Yorkshire
Best Dairy – Sponsored by Askham Bryan College
St Helen’s Farm – Goat’s Butter – Seaton Ross, York, North Yorkshire
Best Sweet Preserve
Black Sheep Brewery – Mashtun Marmalade – Ripon, North Yorkshire
Best Savoury Condiment – Sponsored by Transfresh
Curry Cuisine Ltd – Luxury Mango Chutney – Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Best Meat – Sponsored by EEF
British Premium Sausage Co Ltd – Premium Breakfast Sausage – Bradford, West Yorkshire
Best Bakery – Sponsored by Encase Ltd
Side Oven Bakery – Granola – Driffield, East Yorkshire
Just Desserts – Landlord Cake – Shipley, West Yorkshire
Best Wholesaler / Distributer – Back-up Training & Recruitment Ltd
Cryer & Stott Cheesemongers – Castleford, West Yorkshire
Best Retailer of Local Products – Innovate Better
Keelham Farm Shop – Thornton, West Yorkshire
Best Use of Local Produce on a Menu – B&B / Café – Sponsored by Local Enterprise Partnership
No 54 – Helmsley, North Yorkshire
Best Use Of Local Produce on a Menu – Hotel / Restaurant – Sponsored by Yorkshire Agricultural Society
Yorebridge House – Wensleydale, North Yorkshire
Best Innovation – Sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University
Gordon Rhodes Ltd – The GR Range – Bradford, West Yorkshire
Best Newcomer – Sponsored by Hider Foods
Staal Smokehouse – Long Riston, East Yorkshire
deliciouslyorkshire Supreme Product – Sponsored by Proudfoot Group
St Helen`s Farm – Goat’s Butter – Seaton Ross, York, North Yorkshire
deliciouslyorkshire Brand Champions – Sponsored by Yorkshire Bank
Amanda Peberdy – The Locally Sourced Food Co – Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Ashley McCarthy – Ye Old Sun Inn – Tadcaster, North Yorkshire
Robert Ramsden – Delifresh – Bradford, West Yorkshire