The management and staff of Chapman's Farm Fresh, Armagh Road who received 18 Gold Stars at the 2013 Great Taste Awards in London.
When Chapman's Farm Fresh won five gold stars at last year's Great Taste Awards, they were overjoyed.
So you can imagine the ecstatic reaction of the Portadown staff when they discovered that they had taken 18 gold stars at the 2013 competition, commonly regarded as the Oscars of the food industry.
Firm spokesman Brian Chapman said, "We were completely bowled over. We entered for the first time last year and won five gold stars so to get 18 is just unbelievable.
"The Great Taste Awards are the acknowledged benchmark of speciality food throughout the whole of the United Kingdom and to win not one, but 18 gold stars for our products is just superb."
The judges lavished praise on the chicken, ham and mushroom pie, saying, "A nice looking pie with a really good amount of filling. The pastry is a nice thickness, crispness and flavour. The filling didn't disappoint.
"A nice flavour balance in the sauce and good quantity of sauce."
It's a high five for County Armagh based Chapmans Farm Fresh with the quality food business picking up a total of Five Gold Stars at the 2012 Great Taste Awards.
Chapmans magnificent five in this major event organised by the Guild of Fine Food which is widely recognised as the 'Oscars' of the food world and the 'epicurean equivalent of the Booker Prize', were, Banana Cake, Rocky Roads, Meringue Fingers, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Chicken and Leek Pie. Quite simply the GTA logo is the sign you can trust when buying food and drink in your local quality retailer.
Chapmans Farm Fresh is run by three brothers, Brian, Graham and Gregg who have been trading successfully for over 30 years having set up business in 1981.
Commenting on the awards success Brian said: "We are absolutely delighted to have won five gold stars at this most prestigious event. This is recognition of all the hard work put in by the entire team."
"The Great Taste Awards are the acknowledged benchmark of speciality food throughout the whole of the United Kingdom and to win not one, but five gold stars for our products is just superb."
In the Great Taste Awards all products are judged by at least three different judging panels at three venues. This year over 8800 products were entered from more than 2500 different companies. All the tasting is blind and the 350 plus judges are made up of Fine Food Retailers, Chefs, Restaurant Critics, Food Writers and other industry experts.
Commenting on Chapmans award-winning products individually the judges described the Banana Cake as "a lovely moist light sponge which cuts well" - in fact a "delightful cake".
As for the Sticky Toffee Pudding, the judges said it was "a nice moist sponge, a correct sticky toffee pudding with marked notes of vanilla and butter scotch".
Commenting on the Meringue Fingers the judges said quite simply they were "perfect, excellent flavour, not too sweet and very moreish". They also said that the Rocky Roads and the Chicken & Leek Pie are as good as it gets.
Brian said: "The Chapman Family are absolutely delighted with this level of success in such a prestigious competition and take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their support over the many years."
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