The World Charcuterie Awards has divided Charcuterie into 8 classes, grouping together comparable products for accuracy, clarity and ease of judging.
A panel of expert judges will score each product. High-scoring products will be awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal. A Best of Class will be awarded to the highest-scoring product within its class.
Based on the whole muscle these are cured and air-dried products that may or may not be cold-smoked. This class includes traditional products such as raw cured hams (prosciutto-style, jamon Iberico, jamon Serrano etc), Lomo, cold-smoked duck breasts or Coppa etc.
Based on the whole muscle these need cooking – roasted, boiled, baked or hot-smoked – before eating. This class includes cooked Hams, salt beef, smoked Chicken or Game etc.
These are traditional Salami and other ground meat products that may or may not be cold-smoked.
Based on cured sausage products these need cooking – typically poached or hot-smoked- before eating. This class includes Bologna, Mortadella, Luncheon Meats and hot-smoked Kielbasa etc.
These are made from cured and/or preserved meats. This class includes Pates, Parfaits, Potted Meats and Rillettes as well as products such as ‘Nduja, Lard, Sobresada etc.
These may be green, cold- or hot-smoked but will need cooking before eating. This class includes streaky, shoulder or back bacon as well as rashers from other meats, poultry and game such as beef, duck etc.
This class includes regional products from any country such as Hogs Pudding, Bath Chaps & Lincolnshire Chine from the UK, Szalonna from Hungary, Figatellu from Corsica, Boudin noir from France etc.
This class recognises the huge growth in the market for snacking Charcuterie products and includes salami sticks, snacking salami, mini salamis, biltong, jerky, scratchings, thins, fritons etc.
All products achieving Gold (scoring 90+ points out of a possible 100) will automatically be put forward for The Champion Product Award.
To be awarded to the producer who performs best consistently over a number of classes - no less than 3 products spread over a minimum of 3 classes.
Star Awards are open to and judged from products entered into classes 1-8 of the World Charcuterie Awards. Top scoring products from the judging of the Classes are automatically put forward for the relevant Star Awards and maybe recalled for separate judging.
Please note – The Star Awards cannot be entered separately.
Awarded to the highest scoring product from Class 3 made in Great Britain.
Awarded to the highest scoring product made with a proportion of game.
Awarded to the highest scoring product made in Northern Ireland.
Awarded to the highest scoring product made in Scotland.
Awarded to the highest scoring product made with meat from Traditional or Heritage breed* using a traditional recipe. *Traditional or Heritage breed is one that has existed for more than one hundred years.
Awarded to a producer under 30 years old or who has been making for less than 2 years.
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Firstly, we want to extend a sincere thank you for your support. The World Charcuterie Awards team are so buoyed up and excited by the interest in and enthusiasm for the launch of the first ever World Charcuterie Awards and we have such an incredible team of judges and experts working with us on this project.
It is with deep frustration and regret, therefore, that due to unforeseen changes in the regulatory environment for importing Charcuterie products, we have hit upon major obstacles to holding our judging event in March 2023.
We are working hard towards overcoming these issues so we can host the Awards in the near future and we hope very much that you will continue to follow and support our progress in this. Sign up to receive our email newsletters.
We are so very grateful for your understanding, and we will update you as soon as we can. Do not hesitate, please, to get in touch with any queries.
3rd February 2023