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La Parisienne is among the Great Taste winners of 2019. Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019. Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, La Parisienne of Southwell, Nottinghamshire was awarded a great taste award, which means judges dubbed it a food that delivers fantastic flavour for its Vegan gluten free almond cookie.

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.

Some of the judges had this to say:

Table 5: A good rustic appearance and generous in size. Texture was pleasantly chewy, and combined well with the ground nuts.

Table R1: Attractive large cookie with white dusting and cracked surface. An appealing stickiness to the bite. Dry but not overly. Almond essence not over done. Judges suggest some orange zest could add another dimension.

Table 99G: Attractive looking little macaroon style cake. Chewy, good level of marzipan and the sweetness is pitched absolutely right. Well done. 

"I believe that if you work hard and most importantly believe and love what you do the rest will follow. Entering the great taste award and winning is the best thing that can happen to any chef artisan or food producer, all i can say is victory is the sweetest thing ever."

- The Countess

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar, granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award. There were 12,772 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 208 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,326 received a 2-star and 3,409 were awarded a 1-star accolade.


The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion, author, Olia Hercules, chef and food writer, Gill Meller, Kavi Thakar from Dishoom, food writer and stylist, Georgina Hayden and author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Sourced Market and Partridges. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2019 Supreme Champion.


Great Taste 2019 will reach its exciting finale on Sunday 1 September, when the world of fine food gathers at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London to find out the Great Taste Golden Fork trophy winners for each region, with the final applause reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2019.


Date: 01/08/2019


For more information contact Noelle @ La Parisienne

Tel. 01636816573