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Awards 2023

Results

It’s been a bit of whirlwind….but the team and I are delighted that World Charcuterie Awards 2023 have been launched, judged and now – it’s time for the RESULTS

Over 400 products from 17 countries entered this year’s inaugural Awards with over 40 Judges – Charcuterie Experts – gathered together during judging week to taste, consider and mark the products.

To ensure complete fairness and integrity, all judging samples are judged blind and awarded marks for taste, length of flavour, mouth feel, appearance, tradition or innovation.

Champion Product

The product scoring the highest number of points overall…

Champion Product - WCA

Jamon De Bellota 100% Iberico

JOVIRA, S.A.

Spain

“Great example – near perfection its lingering subtle flavours. An absolute treat.”

Class Medals

The total number of medals awarded for The World Charcuterie Awards 2023 over the eight classes is 17 Gold, 52 Silver, 54 Bronze.

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Best in Class

For each of the eight classes a Best in Class is awarded to the top-scoring product in each class…

Gold World Charcuterie Awards 2023

Class 1 – Cured, Air-Dried & Ready-to-Eat Whole Muscle Products

Jamon De Bellota 100% Iberico

JOVIRA, S.A.

Spain

“Great example – near perfection its lingering subtle flavours. An absolute treat.”

Silver World Charcuterie Awards 2023

Class 2 – Cured & Cooked Whole Muscle Products

Artio Pancetta – Dry Cured and Air Dried Pork Belly

Direct Meats

England

“A really good pancetta, excellent texture, with a rich sweet flavour and the right quantity of seasoning.”

Gold World Charcuterie Awards 2023

Class 3 – Cured, Fermented & Air Dried Ready-to-Eat Sausage Products

Salame Toscano

Fra'Mani

U.S.A.

“A particularly elegant salami – fresh and young with great peppery back flavours that linger on and on.”

Silver World Charcuterie Awards 2023

Class 4 – Cured & Cooked Sausage Products

Cotechino

north by sud-ouest charcuterie ltd

England

“Delivering a lovely, spicy aroma, the flavours of black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves are well-balanced and deliver a complex sweet salty and spicy finish.”

Silver World Charcuterie Awards 2023

Class 5 – Soft & Spreadable Products

Sobrasada Munar De Porc Negre, Hot

Embotits Munar (Imported by Brindisa)

Spain

“Good pleasing appearance with a pleasant smooth texture that offered a little chew. The flavour starts sweet and mild and develops a pleasant pungency onto the clean finish. Very satisfying.”

Gold World Charcuterie Awards 2023

Class 6 – Cured Bacon

Short Cut Bacon Rashers

Meat Cellar

Australia

“Visually stunning with a satisfying meat to fat ratio. The flavour is robust enhanced by the smoke and lingers on in the mouth.”

Gold World Charcuterie Awards 2023

Class 7 – Worldwide Regional Products (sponsored by Speciality Fine Food Fair)

Haggis

Uptons Of Bassett

England

“An excellent example of a traditional haggis that delivers on taste, texture and true tradition.”

Gold World Charcuterie Awards 2023

Class 8 – Snacking Charcuterie

Chorizo Pigsticks

SaltPig Curing Company

England

“An excellent product with exceptionally good seasoning and a wonderful length of flavour – all too rarely found in a snacking product.”

Star Awards

In addition to the Best of Class Awards, there are Star Awards for British Charcuterie, judged by the same criteria…

Best Cured, Fermented & Air Dried Ready-to-Eat Sausage Products made in the UK - WCA

Best Cured, Fermented & Air Dried Ready-to-Eat Sausage Products made in the UK (sponsored by Angel Refrigeration)

Black Olive Salami

Marsh Pig

England

“A delightful combination that is well presented, innovative and well balanced.”

Best Game Product - WCA

Best Game Product (sponsored by Eat Game)

Peat Smoked West Highland Venison Salami with Juniper

Highland Charcuterie and Smokehouse

Scotland

“A good-looking farmhouse Salami – moist with a mild flavour of venison and a good textured all the way through.”

Best Product from Northern Ireland - WCA

Best Product from Northern Ireland (sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland)

"Trouble At The BBQ" Biltong

Ke Nako Biltong

Northern Ireland

“A good-looking farmhouse Salami – moist with a mild flavour of venison and a good textured all the way through.”

Best Product from Scotland - WCA

Best Product from Scotland (sponsored by Scottish Craft Butchers )

Peat Smoked West Highland Venison Salami with Juniper

Highland Charcuterie and Smokehouse

Scotland

“A good-looking farmhouse Salami – moist with a mild flavour of venison and a good textured all the way through.”

Best Traditional or Heritage Breed Product - WCA

Best Traditional or Heritage Breed Product (sponsored by Slow Food in the UK)

Jambon De By Ours - Culatello Style Air Dried Ham

North by Sud Ouest Charcuterie

England

“Beautifully marbled appearance that leads to a soft melting texture. A sweet fragrant aroma and it delivers a rich fruity taste with a savoury finish. Excellent.”

British Rising Star - WCA

British Rising Star (sponsored by Humidity Solutions)

Northampton Charcuterie Company

England

“For their drive, ambition, continual development and their range of products.”

Henrietta Green
Founder, World Charcuterie Awards Ltd
Results published: 11 September 2023

 

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