At Donald Russell, we are overjoyed to announce our remarkable success at this year's Great Taste Awards. With a total of 16 stars, including two-star ratings for 5 products and one-star ratings for 11 products, we've set a new standard for ourselves. This incredible achievement is a testament to our dedicated production team, expert Butchers, and our talented in-house Chef Eddie.
The Great Taste Awards, renowned as the world's largest and most trusted food and drink accreditation scheme, is judged by over 500 of the industry's most discerning palates. Established in 1994, it is recognised as a stamp of excellence, and has judged over 150,000 products through a robust blind-tasting process by an esteemed panel including Chefs, buyers, restaurateurs, and Food Critics.
"This a well-presented, generous cut of beef. The marbling and fat content is even and adds a depth of flavour. Tasting from different parts (fillet and sirloin) of the steak indicates a consistently good texture and rich, well-balanced flavours. The texture is soft, and melts in the mouth."
"The Judges felt that this was an exceptional fillet steak that showed the best qualities of this cut. It was juicy and with a rewarding depth of flavour. The Judges struggled to think of any way in which it could be improved. An attractively thick and generously cut fillet steak free of sinew and fat."
“This duck confit impressed the Judges with a very rich and long-lasting savoury taste and a pleasingly tender texture; an impressive feat when cooked from a frozen product. This is a beautiful duck leg with richness that melts in the mouth. It's dark, rich, moist and full of gamey flavours which burst in the mouth. ”
"This is a visually striking fillet of beef, cut well so that the meat fibres are perfect for slicing and serving. The aroma of the cooked meat is fresh and delicate. The sliced meat is juicy and tender, no evidence of oily fattiness. The fibres melt in the mouth. There is a lovely balanced delicate flavour, umami meatiness - it needs nothing to enhance it further."
"The lobster tails looked really appealing served in the shell, and the luxury feel was there from the start. The lobster aromas were fresh and appetising and the flavour sweet, as you would hope from lobster tails…These lobster tails are striking in appearance and would be amazing presented at a home dinner party! Extremely tender in texture."
"Visually striking steak, yielding to slice with a delicate sweet aroma. It is beautifully tender and melts in the mouth with a juicy texture. The flavour is fresh and succulent…An eye-catching cut, with an appetising crust.”
"This looks like a great banger. Natural skin adds to the great mouthfeel and colouration. It is exceptionally meaty and amazingly moist for that level of meat, really hard to accomplish. A lovely old-fashioned taste."
"The judges were particularly impressed with the texture of the fat on this steak, which melted beautifully. The meat itself had a delightful bite and was tremendously satisfying…A nicely butchered rib eye steak which has caramelised beautifully."
"This beef was juicy, rich and astonishingly tender – a testament to the quality of the meat. This deep, rich taste carries through to a long finish on the palate. Delicious!...This is a beautiful-looking piece of beef. Perfectly tender, almost melt-in-the-mouth."
"These are enticing, moreish rustic sticks with a pleasing crunch and chew and good balance of salt. A nice twist on traditional fries. These are evenly sized and shaped, enticingly golden in colour. The aroma is clean and enticing….the coating has remained crisp."
"This steak is well presented, with a generous edging of fat. It cuts evenly, generously and softly, helped by well-rendered fat. The marbling is also generous and supports a strong depth and complexity flavour of the meat. The meat is moist. This steak looks very appealing, with a nice distribution of fat and flesh…The fat is succulent, melting and richly flavoured."
"The judges enjoyed the presentation of this well-prepared piece of lamb…This is a neat, precise and good-looking joint of a useful size in the home kitchen. The texture of the meat was moist and juicy with a pleasing pink hue. It was very tender, meltingly soft in the mouth…The flavour was great - delicate but not bland, and sweetly young and meaty."
"This is an attractive pie with a good colour and strong scent of ale, buttery, thin, crispy pastry that complements the sauce and flavoursome gravy with a good pepper kick and generous filling…This is a nicely bronzed, generously filled pie with artisan appeal…This is an unusual, rich, buttery, shortcrust pastry pie with a puff pastry top."
"This is an attractive fillet full of intense beefy flavour, with a good texture but still with some chew, and plenty of appealing juices that run and keep it flavoursome…The judges were particularly impressed with the texture of this cut, melting in the mouth as promised."
"The bacon rashers have held their shape well on cooking, Good level of sweet and salt with a chewy tenderness…Juicy, well seasoned bacon with creamy fat that melts in the mouth and has rendered beautifully to give a crisp, non-greasy finish. The cure is salty and flavoursome."
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