Guild of Fine Food

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The Guild of Fine Food Limited
TypePrivate Company
Founded1992
FounderBob Farrand
Headquarters
Gillingham, Dorset
,
UK
Number of locations
2
Websitewww.gff.co.uk

The Guild of Fine Food (GFF) is a British family-owned industry journal publisher that covers gourmet food news. It was founded by Bob Farrand in 1992.[1][2]

All five directors are members of the Farrand family. Bob Farrand is the chairman, his son John Farrand is the managing director, daughter-in-law Tortie Farrand marketing director, his wife Linda Farrand a director and niece Sally Coley [3][4]

GFF promotes the Great Taste Awards and also the World Cheese Awards, which were initiated in 1988.[5]

From its base in Gillingham, near Shaftesbury in Dorset, it promotes producers and sellers of "artisan food and drink" across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.[6]

Great Taste Awards[edit]

The Great Taste Awards are open to members and non-members, but only products that pay an entry fee of between £38 and £240 per product are judged.[7] Winning products receive one, two or three stars.[8] In 2018, 12,634 food and drink products were judged.[8]

World Cheese Awards[edit]

The World Cheese Award "World Champion" has been awarded to:[9][10]

  • 1988 Blue Cheshire by Hutchinson-Smith & Sons, England.[11]
  • 1989 Blue Stilton by Dairy Crest Foods, Hartington, England.
  • 1990 Mature Traditional Cheddar by Dairy Crest, Sturminster Newton, England
  • 1991 Fourme d'Ambert by Hennart Frères, France
  • 1992 Le Gruyère Premier Cru by von Mühlenen of Switzerland.
  • 1993 Double Gloucester by Dairy Crest, Longridge, England
  • 1994 Brie de Meaux AOC by Hennart Frères, France
  • 1995 Shropshire Blue by Cropwell Bishop Creamery, England
  • 1996 Lord of the Hundreds by Traditional Cheese Dairy, England
  • 1997 Parmigiano Reggiano by Caseficio Vittorio Quistello, Italy
  • 1998 Mature Traditional Cheddar by Dairy Crest, Sturminster Newton, England
  • 1999 Kollumer 18 months (Old Dutch master) by Frico Cheese, Holland
  • 2000 Mature West Country Farmhouse Cheddar by Brue Valley Farms, England
  • 2001 Camembert Super Medaillon by Isigny Sainte-Mère, France and Mature Cheddar by Carbery, Ireland (two winners)
  • 2002 Le Gruyère AOC Reserve by von Mühlenen of Switzerland
  • 2003 Chevre d'Or Camembert by Eurial-Poitouaine/Eurilai, France
  • 2004 Camembert de Normandie by Isigny Sainte-Mère, France
  • 2005 Le Gruyère Premier Cru by von Mühlenen of Switzerland.
  • 2006 Ossau-Iraty by Fromagerie Agour of France
  • 2007 Brie de Meaux, Rénard Gillard, France
  • 2008 Queso Arico curado pimentón by Sociedad Canaria de Formento of Tenerife, Spain.[12]
  • 2009 Le Cendrillon by La Maison Alexis de Portneuf of Québec, Canada.[13]
  • 2010 Cornish Blue by Cornish Cheese Co. of England.[14]
  • 2011 Ossau-Iraty by Fromagerie Agour of France.[15]
  • 2012 Manchego DO Gran Reserva by Dehesa de Los Llanos of Spain.[16]
  • 2013 Montagnolo Affiné by Käserei Champignon of Germany (2,777 cheeses, 436 producers, 30 countries).[17]
  • 2014 Bath Blue by Bath Soft Cheese of England (2,600 cheeses, 33 countries).[18]
  • 2015 Le Gruyère AOP by von Mühlenen of Switzerland (held at NEC, Birmingham; 2,727 cheeses).[19]
  • 2016 Kraftkar by Tingvollost of Norway (held in San Sebastián, Spain; 3,060 cheeses).[20]
  • 2017 Cornish Kern, by Lynher Dairies Cheese Company, England (held at Tobacco Dock, London; 3,001 cheeses).[21]
  • 2018 Fanaost, a gouda by Ostegården of Fana, Norway (held in Grieghallen, Bergen; 3,472 cheeses, 30 countries)[22]
  • 2019 Rogue River Blue by Rogue Creamery of Central Point, OR, USA (held in Bergamo, Italy; 3,804 cheeses, 42 countries).[23][24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guild of Fine Food moves to new HQ in Gillingham Dorset". The Visitor Magazine. The Visitor Ltd. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  2. ^ "THE GUILD OF FINE FOOD LIMITED - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". Companies House. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Meet the team". The Guild of Fine Food. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  4. ^ "THE GUILD OF FINE FOOD LIMITED - Officers (free information from Companies House)". Companies House. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  5. ^ "In-the-best-possible-taste-the-Guild-of-Fine-Food/". Dorset Life. Dorset Life Magazine. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Guild website: Join the Guild". Fine Food Guild. Retrieved 20 Sep 2014.
  7. ^ "Brochure : "Entry information"" (PDF). gff.co.uk. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Great Taste - A History" (PDF). gff.co.uk. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  9. ^ Los 28 mejores quesos del mundo de la historia reciente in ABC Viajar, Nov 15, 2016
  10. ^ Fiona Briggs, Fine food boss picks eight champion cheeses for Christmas in Retail Times on December 13, 2010.
  11. ^ "Group Captain David Hutchinson Smith". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  12. ^ White, Emma (October 17, 2008). "World Cheese Awards unveiled". Thecaterer.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  13. ^ "World Cheese Awards 2009". Thegoodwebguide.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  14. ^ "2010 World Cheese Awards: Major Winners". Cheesemonger's Weblog. 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  15. ^ "French sheep's milk cheese is champion at 2011 World Cheese Awards". Retail Times. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  16. ^ "Manchego wins nail-biting World Cheese Awards 2012". Cheesechap.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  17. ^ "World Cheese Awards Winners Announced | News | Speciality Food Magazine". Specialityfoodmagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  18. ^ "Bath Blue takes the highest honour in world cheese - The Guild of Fine Food". The Guild of Fine Food. 2014-11-14. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  19. ^ Spector, Felicity (November 30, 2015). "Is this the best cheese in the world?". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  20. ^ "Kraftkar, un queso azul noruego, mejor del mundo en los World Cheese Awards 2016". ELMUNDO. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  21. ^ British cheese named best in the world at World Cheese Awards 2017 - News - FG Insight Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  22. ^ Norwegian gouda is 2018 World Cheese Awards champion, press release from gff.co.uk on November 2, 2018.
  23. ^ https://www.dairyreporter.com/Article/2019/10/21/US-cheese-takes-top-spot-at-World-Cheese-Awards-2019, dairyreporter.com retrieved 2019-11-19
  24. ^ "The World's Best Cheese? It's Blue and Comes From Oregon". New York Times. Retrieved 2019-11-01.