Awards – The ‘Oscars’ of the Food Industry

Great Taste Awards 2013 Top 50 Foods Burren Hot Smoked Irish Organic SalmonGreat Taste Awards 2013 – TOP 50 Foods!

Of the almost 10,000 products submitted, only 125 achieved the 3-stars status. So you can imagine that we were very happy about that. We thought it could not get any better than this, but we were wrong!As we learnt at the gala dinner on 9 September 2014, our Burren cold Smoked Irish Organic Salmon with Seaweed took the biscuit, excuse the pun. It made it into the TOP 50 FOODS selected by the judges of the Great Taste Awards 2013. It was this same salmon that was served to the guests of the gala dinner.

Burren Smokehouse Organic Salmon with SeaweedBruce Langlands, Director of Food at Harrods in London, gave this new salmon creation of ours this raving video review. He said, “This is the most fantastic smoked salmon that I have ever tasted. It comes from the Burren Smokehouse and is produced by probably one of the biggest fishy foodies I know in Ireland called Birgitta, and her team.” He goes on to say that it is beautifully smoked with delicate smoke flavours. And he also mentions that we served it to the Queen.

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Great Taste Awards 2013 Top 50 Burren Organic Salmon with Seaweed

Great Taste Awards 2013 – Three 3-star Gold Medals!

Not only did we serve our Burren Smoked Irish Salmon to the Queen of England, but we also created four winners at the Great Taste Awards 2013!

Out of almost 10,000 products entered into Great Taste Awards 2013 just 125 have been awarded 3-star Gold Medals. AND THREE OF THEM COME FROM THE BURREN SMOKEHOUSE!

Our 3-star winners are:

Burren Smokehouse Honey-Infused Organic smoked salmon- Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon marinated with Seaweed (cold smoked)

- Burren Hot Smoked Irish Organic Salmon with Honey, Lemon, Dill ( hot smoked)

Honey Infused Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon (cold smoked)

The different stages of the tastings took a long time, several months even. This does not come as a surprise considering that there were almost 10,000 food products that needed to be tasted and re-tasted. It is the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.

- Click on the picture below to read the confidential comments made by the judges -

Great Taste Awards 2013 comments Burren SmokehouseThe clue is in the name – “Great Taste Awards” are simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging.  Judges are presented with, for example, a piece of cheese, a pie or a little dish of chutney, with no wrappings, jars or marks. And they taste, confer and re-taste before making the decision on whether a product should be a 1-, 2- or 3-star winner.  In total, more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product.

Birgitta Hedin Curtin, owner-manager of the Burren Smokehouse, is delighted: “Apart from been given the honour to supply our Burren Smoked Irish Wild Salmon for the Irish State Dinner for Queen Elizabeth II at her historical visit to Ireland in May 2011, this is the sweetest success of our company’s 24 year history”.

Out of almost 10,000 products entered into Great Taste 2013, just 125 have been awarded 3-stars.  All 3-star products have been re-judged by a panel including “Masterchef” judge and restaurant critic Charles Champion, food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets as well as Michelin Star chef Russell Brown.

Great Taste Awards 2013 Burren Hot Smoked Irish Organic Salmon

Great Taste Awards 2013

Our Burren Hot Smoked Organic Salmon (unspiced) has won a 2-star Gold Medal at the Great Taste Awards 2013!

There were almost 10,000 food products submitted for the GTA 2013, so we are really excited about this medal!

Click on the picture below to read the text of the confidential comment from the judges.

Great Taste Awards 2013 comment on Burren Hot Smoked Salmon

Bord Bia Best Organic prepared Food Product WINNER 2012 Bord Bía Organic Food Awards 2012
On the 13 September 2012, the winner in the different organic categories was announced, and we are very happy to let you know that the Burren Smokehouse was the winner of the “Best Organic Prepared Food” category with the Burren Smoked Irish Organic (cold) Smoked Salmon.
Birgitta and Peter Curtin’s daughter Róisín attended the ceremony and is pictured here with Minister Shane McEntee and Tara McCarthy from Bord Bía.
Great Taste Award 2012 Burren smoked organic salmon

Great Taste Awards 2012 – 1* Gold Medal

The Burren Smokehouse was awarded another gold medal at the Great Taste Awards for our Organic Smoked Salmon with a marinade of Limoncello (lemon liqueur).

This marinade came about in a strange way. It all started in February 2012, when Karin met a lady from an organic liqueur producing company at Biofach in Germany and…  Read more

Burren smokehouse burren ecotourism network

EcoTourism Gold
The Burren Smokehouse was certified with the Gold Award by EcoTourism Ireland. We are member of the Burren EcoTourism Network and offer an adequate experience for visitors of this unique area. Learn more here.

The Burren Smokehouse “has been highly commended in the Best Organic Retail Product award category in the National Organic Awards 2010 with their entry Burren Smoked Organic Salmon 100g“. This is like a Silver Medal, and we are very proud of it!

Great Taste Awards 2010:
WE STRUCK GOLD – THREE TIMES!

Three of our four entries were awarded 2* Gold Medals! Not just any gold medals, but those with two stars! We are absolutely thrilled to see the reward for our never-ending efforts to maintain and if possible improve the high standard of the quality of our products, and to create new mouth-watering varieties.

These are the products that won the Great Taste 2010 2* Gold Medals:

- Irish Hot Smoked Organic Salmon with Honey, Lemon & Dill
- Irish Cold Smoked Organic Salmon with Honey, Whiskey & Fennel
- Cold Smoked Halibut

Considering that there were over 6,000 entries, and that only 457 products were awarded a 2* Gold Medal, this is definitely no mean feat!

Seafood Exporter Award for Burren Smokehouse!
After receiving awards after awards for the quality of our products, the Burren Smokehouse has been awarded for the service offered to our customers. The Seafood Exporter Award 2009, sponsored by Bord Biá, recognises companies in the seafood sector that have made significant progress in securing and building export markets for Irish seafood. The winner was Burren Smokehouse for its success in exporting 60% of its smoked organic and premium salmon, trout and mackerel to the USA, Europe and Japan. Birgitta received the award from Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Ireland’s prime minister (photo).

This award is a great milestone for us as it means that our efforts to reach customers in other countries - through innovation, customer-orientation and not the least a fully translated trilingual website and newsletter - are acknowledged.

Gold Medal – Blas na hEireann After the “Producer of the Year” Award received in September 2009, we received another award in October 2009: a gold medal in the fish category of the Blas na hEireann, the Irish food equivalent of the “Olympics” so to speak. The Blas na hÉireann Awards are the only Irish food awards that focus solely on taste, arguably the most important criteria for a food product, and the judging process, developed and overseen by the UCC Food Science Department is the most rigorous in the country.

“Producer of the Year” Award In September 2009, the Burren Smokehouse was voted “Producer of the Year” at the prestigious K Club in Straffan (home to the 2006 Ryder Cup). This fantastic event was held by Good Food Ireland in conjunction with Bord Bía.

We have done it again – and not only one award this time, no three! At the SHOP 2008 show in Dublin, our latest innovation, the Burren Cold Smoked Organic Salmon with Honey-Glazing, Whiskey and Fennel (oh yes, it is tasty!) won awards for
- the Best Chilled/Frozen Product
- the Best Irish Product, and
- the Best Overall Product of the Show!

Great Taste Awards – 2 Gold Medals for the Burren Smokehouse!
We are very proud to announce that the Burren Smokehouse won – again – two gold medals in the British Great Taste Awards: one for the Premium Farmed “Salmon of Knowledge” (cold smoked)

… and one for the Hot smoked Organic Salmon with Honey and Dill. Just to give you a perspective: Over 160 experts in five locations were involved in more than 24 days of assessing and tasting. Almost 4,800 products from 2,021 small food producers were judged in this year’s awards – so our achievement is no mean feat!

In 2007, we did it again! We won the BEST IRISH PRODUCT OF THE SHOW award of SHOP 2007, Ireland’s Retail Food & Drink Event in September in Dublin. This great success was achieved by an innovative product that has a lot of health benefits: our new Honey, Lemon & Pepper Hot Smoked Organic Irish Salmon.

SHOP is Ireland’s Food and Drink Event.

Again, like in the previous years without exception, the Burren Smokehouse received the Bridgestone Award 2007.

The Burren Smokehouse has been given a very prestigious
award: the Irish SHOP Award 2006 for the Best Irish Food/
Beverage Product.

Our newly launched combination pack of cold smoked and hot smoked spiced organic salmon impressed the jury so much that they nominated it best retail product of the year 2006.

The Burren Smokehouse are delighted to announce that we have won the Gold Award from the prestigious “Great Taste Awards” in London in 2003 and in 2005 sponsored by Fortnum and Mason.

Our Smoked Irish Atlantic Salmon won the Gold Award in 2005 after winning the Silver Award already in 2003. Our Hot Smoked Organic Salmon won the Bronze Award in 2005. Our Hot Smoked Salmon won the Gold Award in 2003, with our Smoked Mackerel earning a Silver Award in 2003 also. Our Smoked Organic Salmon won the Bronze Award in 2002.

Great Taste Gold Award 2005 for our Smoked Irish Salmon

Great Taste Gold Award 2003 for our Hot Smoked Irish Salmon

The Silver Medal 2003 of the ‘Great Taste Awards’ for our Smoked Irish Salmon

The Silver Medal 2003 of the ‘Great Taste Awards’ for our Smoked Mackerel

Great Taste Bronze Award 2002 for our Smoked Irish Organic Salmon