East Yorkshire’s food and drink firms proving they are a cut above

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 30 Jun 2017

EAST Yorkshire’s prowess in the food and drink stakes has been ramped up a gear with four East Yorkshire businesses being shortlisted for Great British Food Awards.

Free range chicken from poultry specialists T Soanes and Son, in Middleton, is in the running for best fresh meat product, while Wold Top Brewery’s Scarborough Fair IPA has made it on to the best craft beer shortlist.

Beverley-based Three Little Pigs has been shortlisted in the charcuterie/cured meat category for its chorizo “with a tickle of habanero chilli”, while the Yorkshire Wagyu Company, from Tibthorpe, is in the running for awards in two categories.

Yorkshire Wagyu’s sirloin steak has been shortlisted in the best fresh meat product and its paleo sliced original biltong is up for best savoury snack.

The double nomination comes as a welcome surprise for Yorkshire Wagyu, which only launched its new biltong earlier this year.

 Co-founder Jonathan Shepherd said: “We’ve worked hard to grow the Yorkshire Wagyu brand and knowing that our meat has been recognised in its raw steak form and as a cured product is a real honour.”

The Great British Food Awards were launched in 2014  to celebrate the country’s finest homegrown ingredients, producers and those who cook with them.

There are now 20 categories, ranging from meat and dairy to confectionery and even gin. The shortlisted products are now being further taste tested by some of the top names in the food and drink industry – a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Winners to be announced in the October edition of the Great British Food magazine.

Nigel Upson, (pictured left) general manager at T Soanes and Son’s, said he was delighted the company, near Driffield, had been recognised.

He said: “We are extremely proud to have reached this stage of a renowned national food competition with our free range chicken that is reared just a few miles away from the factory.”

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