Madhuban wins Gold Star ratings

from UK’s most renowned food awards -12/08/10

Two of Madhuban’s products, the Balti and Hot Madras cook-in sauces, have won a One Gold Star rating from the Great Taste Awards.

Organized by the Guild of Fine Food, the Great Taste Awards is the national, benchmark food awards employing the country’s most rigorous judging system, ensuring the fairest, most accurate, and trusted results.

Madhuban cooks all of its curry and Thai sauces from traditional recipes at its factory in Liss near Petersfield. Fresh vegetables and packaging for the sauces are provided by Hampshire-based suppliers. Master chef and proprietor, Mr. Lodue Miah said: “We are delighted to know our sauces are amongst the most highly rated food produce in the country.’

Madhuban originally began to make the sauces due to restaurant customers asking if they could take the great taste with them when they were moving to another area of the country. Today, these authentic sauces are sold across Hampshire and the UK in butchers, delicatessens and farm shops.

The 2010 GTAs have attracted a record number of entries. In total, 6,021 food and drink products were blind-tasted, tested, and discussed during two months of intense judging by 350 judges, comprising food writers, chefs, deli and farm shop owners, food producers and buyers.

Food producers across the UK and Southern Ireland are celebrating their star ratings. One, two and three Gold Stars have been handed out to 1,576 deserving products, from the 1,350 small producers who entered this year. The 95 three Gold Star award winners are in the running for the major, regional and national awards. The 2010 Supreme Champion Trophy winner will be announced at the final at Fortnum & Mason in London on September 6th, where the ultimate three-star products will be scrutinized by some of the country’s most revered and feared chefs, food critics and as always, a smattering of celebrity!

The Guild of Fine Food’s Bob Farrand commented of this year’s entries: “It’s so exciting to see the standards of food and drink in the British Isles go from strength to strength, year after year, providing that for those who enjoy great food – it’s there to be discovered.” Farrand continued: “We have worked hard to ensure our judging process is as robust as possible. Judging teams are balanced in terms of experience, background, and even gender and every Gold Award-winning entry has been independently proven to be of the highest standard.”