We want to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who has entered the World Charcuterie Awards for your support and patience. The delay in The World Charcuterie Awards has no doubt been as frustrating for you as it has been for our team that includes the experts, judges and sponsors working with us on these new and exciting Awards.
Thank you to everyone for bearing with us but thanks to DEFRA’s cooperation including various consultations, we are delighted to report we have pulled through overcoming most of the challenges due to the regulatory environment for importing Charcuterie products into the UK and are setting up a very easy process for importing Charcuterie judging samples into the UK from within the EU & ETA with an additional form from the remaining countries.
First, we want to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who has entered the World Charcuterie Awards for your support and patience. The delay in The World Charcuterie Awards has no doubt been as frustrating for you as it has been for our team that includes the experts, judges and sponsors working with us on these new and exciting Awards.
Thank you to everyone for bearing with us.
To update you, thanks to DEFRA’s co-operation including various consultations, we are delighted to report we are almost there and have overcome the challenges due to the regulatory environment for importing Charcuterie products into the UK. We are working closely with them to ensure an easy process for importing Charcuterie judging samples into the UK.
Entry will re-open in early May when we will also confirm ALL the revised dates for the Awards. We are currently planning for judging to take place in late August with results to be announced in September.
Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Henrietta.
23rd April 2023
* Please note that all producers will be responsible for the delivery/shipping charges of their samples. Producers outside the UK may be liable for duty and/or VAT on their samples. This will be confirmed.
All entered businesses are eligible for a discounted entry into the World Charcuterie Directory (see below).
The World Charcuterie Awards are open to all Professional Charcuterie Makers throughout the World.
Non-UK based makers are can enter directly online or through their UK-based importer and/or distributor and/or agent.
Importers and/or distributors and/or agents can enter directly online on behalf of their non-UK-based clients.
To enter the World Charcuterie Awards, you must complete the following steps:
Your Awards Entry Profile will be made available on your My Awards page at the time of entry to be updated at your convenience.
All entry information must be completed by Sunday 16 July 2023 otherwise, the organisers cannot guarantee entry.
Remember in order to be eligible for the World Charcuterie Champion Award, you must enter at least one product into a minimum of three classes. Star Awards will be judged from amongst the appropriate top-scoring products.
Please note – Entry into the World Charcuterie Awards is only available through an online account.
Every business that has entered the Awards will be required to send judging samples to a nominated address by the required date.
Samples must not weigh more than 2 kilos per product in order to comply with the import derogation. 400 grams/two packs/10-12 slices is probably sufficient, bearing in mind that each product will be judged by a minimum of three up to eight judges for medal contender products.
All entrants into the Awards will receive details for the labels for each submitted product – essential for judging identification purposes. As all products are judged blind, the product labels must be attached to the judging samples.
The World Charcuterie Awards are delighted to be working with their sponsor Woolcool, who pioneered sustainable insulated packaging.
Woolcool is offering FREE temperature-controlled packaging for the first 50 UK- based producers entering the 2023 awards who require their judging samples to be kept at fridge temperatures (0-8C) during transit.
For producers sending in their judging samples from outside the UK, all the necessary forms must be filled correctly. Details will be posted no late than the first week of June. Please note that all producers are responsible for their shipping/delivery costs and whilst the World Charcuterie Awards Ltd will work with the authorities, they cannot accept responsibility for any delays or wrong deliveries We will update you as soon as we have approval of the forms and costs.
Our panel of judges is led by Head Judge Keith Fisher, Chief Executive of the Institute of Meat, backed by an Advisory Committee from here and abroad.
Our judges are Charcuterie Experts from the meat, hospitality and retail industries – makers, buyers, consultants, teachers, restaurateurs, bar & pub owners, retailers, chefs – plus top food writers.
To further guarantee fair, scrupulous and independent judging, no member of the World Charcuterie Awards team is allowed to take part in the actual judging and scoring of the entered products.
Meet the Judges already signed up…
Judges will work in teams of a minimum of three.
Each product is assessed for a number of factors including Taste, Mouth Feel, Texture Appearance & Presentation. Our Head Judge has devised a unique judging form that will ensure consistency of points awarded and unquestionable transparency.
All Medal Contenders will be marked by a minimum of two judging teams.
Products will be marked out of 100 points according to the unique scoring system developed originally by the British Charcuterie Live Awards and updated by the World Charcuterie Awards Advisory Board.
Medals will be awarded
Gold for products scoring 90-100 pointsSilver for products scoring 80-89 pointsBronze for products scoring 70-79 points
Every producer scoring 70 points+ wins a medal and will receive a certificate featuring the appropriate medal once the Award results are announced.
Medals can be used on the producer and/or importer’s websites and in social media, press releases, and point-of-sale display.
Medal stickers will be available to buy for adding to the product and a license can be bought for printing the medal on-pack.
Every Medal Winner will receive a Press & Social Media Support Pack.
Feedback to include judges’ comments will be emailed to award-winning producers on the day of the Awards announcements.
Use of the judges’ comments on the producer and/or importer’s websites, social media, press releases and point-of-sale display is allowed provided it is fully credited to the World Charcuterie Awards 2023.
Feedback to include judges’ comments will be emailed to non-award-winning producers within 20 days of the Awards announcement.
Please note the judges’ decisions are final and correspondence with the judges and/or the organisers cannot be entered into.
As a thank you for entering the Inaugural World Charcuterie Awards, we are delighted to offer you a discounted entry in our new World Charcuterie Directory.
Targeting Charcuterie Enthusiasts both in the UK and World-Wide, it will be heavily promoted to our extensive database of Charcuterie Lovers, on our website and through our newsletters and social media channels.
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