The Great Taste Awards, described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’, was held in the United Kingdom, where a variety off foods and drinks are competing and judged with a blind test by an international jury. This year’s competition attracted 12,772 products from over 100 countries and the Hungarian Rubin Paprika has won five prizes in its category.
Products that won the prizes can use the Great Taste logo on their packaging, which is the guarantee a product has been through a rigourous and independent judging process with blind tasting.
Rubin Paprika came home with 5 prizes from the 2019 edition of the competition. The Pepper Seed Oil of the company, a 100% edible cooking oil pressed from the pepper seed, which gets its bright red color from the tiny pieces of peppercorn pressed between the seeds during the process, got two stars.
The review also highlighted the beautiful color of the product along with its taste and aroma. Their Szeged Paprika also got two stars: the color, texture, fruity taste, as well as the fragrance of the product were the most appealing to the jury, besides the pleasant and long-lasting spiciness. The sweet version of it, the Rubin Smoked Paprika, which won last year, was given one star, and the sweet editions of the Pepper Seed Oil and Szeged Paprika were also awarded with stars.
Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for fine food and drink. It supports, promotes and mentors artisan food producers large and small, who want to supply the UK independent retail sector and overseas stores selling fine food. Great Taste offers a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that encourages confidence and commercial success for small business, generating greater awareness for products locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Since 1994, more than 120,000 products have been put through this robust judging process. Each one is fastidiously blind-tasted by selected chefs, buyers, fine food retailers, restaurateurs, food critics and writers over 60 judging days.
Rubin nominated its products for the first time to the competition last year, where they were awarded with a total of three stars. This year, a jury of food critics, chefs and restaurant owners voted stars for each of their nominated products. 1.6% of the entrants received three stars, 10% two and 26% one star.