The Pastry King scoops win at fine food awards
The company won a FOOD NW HEART AWARD for its Chocolate Box Selection.
Organised by Food NW* the awards recognise the best fine foods produced across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.
Celebrity chef, Nigel Haworth, chef patron of Northcote in Lancashire and chair of the awards’ judges, announced the winners at his ‘Fantastic Food Show’ at Ewood Park in Blackburn on June 12, 2011.
The Chocolate Truffle selection consists of truffles made from quality Valrhona chocolate, which is hand blended and emulsified by the Head Pastry Chef, Chocolatier Brett Pistorius. The assortment is an arrangement of classic flavour combinations developed and refined over his extensive career in many high class eateries and establishments, both here in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Six lovely and bespoke chocolate truffles, with flavored ganache ranging from sea salt and bitter dark chocolate through to a white chocolate, almond, vanilla and Amaretto are brilliantly enrobed in hand tempered chocolate and garnished with love. So much love and attention to detail is put into The Pastry King Chocolate Truffle selection that even a touch of 23 carat gold leaf makes an appearance on the Baileys Milk chocolate truffle.
The Food NW Gold Heart Awards, which recognise ‘exceptional’ products, were awarded to 12 fine foods. Over 100 products, which were deemed as ‘excellent’ by the judges, secured a Food NW Heart Award.
Brett Pistorius has said ‘’I am extremely proud that one of my products have won an award, they really are a labour of love with exceptional ingredients being used to make them. I am thrilled!’’
An independent benchmark for the region’s best foods, in 2011 the awards were judged by a select panel of food experts including top chefs, food buyers and food writers, through a series of heats held across the region.
Pat Foreman, chief executive of Food NW, said: “The Fine Food Awards honour the very best of the fine foods to be found in our region. Brett Pistorius should be proud of their achievement, which is testament to the hard work, creativity and innovation that has gone into making their award-winning product. We are delighted to be able to help promote and support the finest foods our region to offer.”
This year’s awards saw nearly 400 products entered by 132 companies from across the Northwest.