About the BBC Good Food Taste Awards 2016

  • By BBC Good Food team

Read about how an expert BBC Good Food panel tasted its way through over 160 supermarket products to provide you with the definitive festive shopping list.

About the BBC Good Food Taste Awards 2016

Who was invited to enter? 

We invited supermarkets with more than 300 branches that sell fresh, frozen and dry goods to enter these awards. 

Judging: 

We asked each supermarket to submit their star product for each category. There was no charge to enter. Each product was removed from its original packaging, portioned out and judged blind. Products were judged on taste and flavour first. The panel was made up of six members of the cookery hub, review and senior editorial team, and the judging was overseen by an independent adjudicator who compiled the results and feedback. 

Categories:

Team tasting

Vegetarian starter

Criteria: A meat-free, individual or sharing starter for Christmas Day or a special festive dinner that can be served either cold or hot and rivals a homemade starter dish in the flavour stakes. 
Judged entries from: Asda, M&S, Co-op, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi 


Meat starter

Criteria: An individual or sharing starter for Christmas Day or a special festive dinner made of red, white or game meat that can be served either cold or hot and rivals a homemade starter dish in the flavour stakes. 
Judged entries from: Aldi, Co-op, Waitrose, Asda, Tesco 


Fish starter

Criteria: An individual or sharing starter for Christmas Day or a special festive dinner made of fish or shellfish that can be served either cold or hot and rivals a homemade starter dish in the flavour stakes. 
Judged entries from: Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco, Co-op, Asda, Waitrose, Lidl
 

Turkey

Criteria: The headline act – a free-range, extra-special hero product that will take pride of place in a Christmas Day spread. Whole and portioned (for example crowns) can be entered. Turkeys can arrive with flavour accompaniments but not stuffing or gravy.
Judged entries from: Aldi, Morrisons, Tesco, M&S, Asda, Waitrose, Lidl

Turkey on a plate

Alternative main course

Criteria: For those who want a break from turkey. A carvable, meat sharing dish that stands proud instead of traditional turkey. The dish can be any red, white or game meat and should serve four or more (ham should not be included). 
Judged entries from: Asda, Morrisons, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Tesco, Waitrose, Iceland, Aldi


Vegetarian main course

Criteria: Christmas is all about inclusivity, so we want to serve a vegetarian main that’s tantamount to meaty alternatives. The vegetarian main course can be individually portioned or a sharing size and should serve two or more. 
Judged entries from: Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Asda, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Morrisons 


Ham 

Criteria: A raw joint of ham that comes ready to cook on the hob or in the oven. The ham can come with a glaze or other flavourings.
Judged entries from: Aldi, Morrisons, Tesco, Iceland, M&S, Asda, Lidl


Smoked salmon

Criteria: A hero smoked fish – your best, sustainable salmon, served sliced or as a whole piece. 
Judged entries from: Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi, Co-op, Lidl, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, Morrisons
 

Ready to serve cheeseboard

Criteria: A selection of cheese that can be unwrapped and placed straight on the table. Unless sold within the cheeseboard to consumers, crackers and pickles should not be included. Cheeseboards should include at least three cheeses and cheese from around the world can feature. 
Judged entries from: M&S, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Morrisons, Asda, Lidl 


Vegetarian, meat and fish canapés

Criteria: We take our parties seriously, and if we’re going to hand out nibbles we want something smart and innovative that’ll impress our guests. Meat (red, white and game, fish and shellfish and vegetarian canapés can be conveniently served hot or cold, and can come either ready-to-serve, assembly-only or cook from chilled. Canapés can be in pieces, on sticks or in serving vessels (e.g. shot glasses, small ramekins, pots) and can come with accompanying garnishes and sauces if this is what will be available to the consumer. 
Judged entries from: 
Vegetarian canapés: Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Morrisons, Tesco, M&S, Co-op, Asda, Waitrose, Lidl
Meat and fish canapés: Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi, Co-op, Lidl, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, M&S, Morrisons


MInce pies

Sweet bites

Criteria: A party-ready bite-sized pudding that can be presented on a platter conveniently. Sweet canapés can be iced, chilled or hot, served on sticks, in small pots or in pieces, as long as they can be eaten in one or two bites. 
Judged entries from: Co-op, Morrisons, Asda, M&S, Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s

Christmas pudding 

Criteria: A basin pudding that can be cooked in the pan, oven or microwave. This should be a fruit-based pudding (please specify on unbranded packaging whether it is vegetarian). The pudding should serve four or more and look great on the table. Please supply an additional gluten-free option if possible. 
Judged entries from: Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Morrisons, Tesco, Iceland, M&S, Asda, Waitrose, Lidl


Christmas cake

Criteria: The number one cake to slice and serve at Christmas. The cake should be iced or decorated and ready to present to guests. The cake should be an absolute dazzler, and while many of our users will opt for a fruitcake at Christmas, less traditional entries are welcome – this needs to be the best cake you have an offer this Christmas. Additional special diet and gluten-free entries welcome.
Judged entries from: Waitrose, Aldi, Co-op, Lidl, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, M&S, Morrisons
Gluten-free: Asda, Sainsbury’s, Co-op, M&S, Sainsbury’s 


Centrepiece dessert

Criteria: A traffic-stopping pudding to serve after the main event. This can be frozen or fresh, served iced, warm or cold. Focus is on visual appeal and fantastic, multi-dimensional flavours. 
Judged entries from: Asda, Morrisons, M&S, Co-op, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Tesco, Waitrose, Iceland, Aldi


Mince pies

Criteria: BBC Good Food fans take mince pies very seriously – they are our most popular festive recipe online in December, every year. We want mince pies made from traditional shortcrust or puff pastry, with a fruit filling (please specify whether vegetarian when packaging is unbranded), with a lid. Pies without a pastry lid can have an alternative (for example nuts, fruit or crumble) – as long as the pie filling is fully enclosed. Additional gluten-free options welcome. 
Judged entries from: Asda, Morrisons, M&S, Co-op, Lidl, Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi 
Gluten-free entries: Asda, M&S, Tesco, Sainsbury’s

Stollen

Criteria: A whole stollen log or individual pieces, served dusted or iced with traditional marzipan flavours.
Judged entries from: Co-op, Lidl, Morrisons, M&S, Tesco, Sainsbury’s


Panettone

Criteria: A traditional panettone loaf with fruit. Chocolate or alternative-shaped panettone will not be accepted. 
Judged entries from: Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Morrisons

The Results

Now take a look at which products won...

Good Food Christmas Taste Awards 2016

All prices correct at time of publishing. If you have any questions or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com. 

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