Judges at the 2013 awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, whittled Staal’s smoked salmon down from more than 10,000 products to award it a gold star.
Up to 405 judges spent 50 judging days from May through to July to find the winners.
The judges said:
“The smoked salmon has a subtle smoke that enhances rather than overwhelms the flavour. It’s got a nice buttery, velvety texture without being too soft. Beautifully translucent and well sliced.”
Justin Staal, who set up the business with wife Georgina twenty months ago, said:
“It’s really wonderful to have picked up a gold star for our smoked salmon after securing two gold stars for our smoked duck last year.
“It’s a huge boost for a small business striving to produce quality products and makes all the long hours and hard work worthwhile.”