The Bulletin BFFF GALA DINNER & ANNUAL AWARDS 2017
Jonathan Baker, Yearsley Group, Tom Holmes, The Authentic Food Company, Andrew Green, The Craft Guild of Chefs and John Hyman, BFFF (l-r)
Foodservice Product of the Year
JD Wetherspoon’s Vegetable Samosas made by The Authentic Food Company have been crowned Best New Frozen Foodservice Product of the Year. The Authentic Food Company’s samosa came out on top amongst six other gold award winners to claim the overall top spot. Gold winners included Bidfood, which claimed two gold awards in the Best New Accompaniment and Best Bakery categories, Crown Foods, KK Fine Foods, Laila’s Fine Foods and Mademoiselle Desserts.
Tom Holmes, retail marketing manager at The Authentic Food Company comments: “We are delighted to win the top honour in foodservice twice in four years. Yet again we have challenged ourselves to upgrade the humble samosa to a new level in terms of taste and texture and the product is bang on trend with the rise of authentic international hand held street food.”
The Frozen Food Awards are well respected throughout the catering industry as all the entries are judged by representatives of the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs, who, as executive chefs, catering managers and recipe developers, are expert in their field and uncompromising in their assessments of the entries. Commenting on the awards John Hyman, BFFF chief executive, said: “Our judges simply loved this crispy Indian shortcrust pastry, filled with potatoes, a garam masala blend of spices and peas, tempered with fennel seed and cumin seed.” John Hyman added: “We’ve seen an impressive range of foodservice entries this year, with plenty of ingenuity, innovation and appetite for global cuisines. They demonstrate that frozen foods continue to make significant progress in the foodservice sector as end users demand enhanced quality, recipe authenticity and significant labour-savings in the kitchen.”