We’re proud to be sponsoring and supporting: British Charcuterie Live 2021

Britain’s only National, Independent, Annual Awards for Professional Charcuterie Producers

Charcuterie from chair (flesh) and cuit (cooked) covers the wide range of Cured Meat, Poultry & Game products. These may be Continental in style – Salami, Chorizo, Pancetta etc – or British – Chaps, Chine, Bacon, Black Pudding, Haslet etc.

The British Charcuterie Live Awards has divided Charcuterie into 9 classes, where we have grouped together comparable products.

The Classes

Each product will be scored by a panel of judges. High scoring products will be awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.  A Best of Class will be awarded to the highest-scoring product within its class.

Class 1 Cured, Air-Dried & Ready-to-Eat Whole Muscle Products

Based on the whole muscle these are cured and air-dried products that may or may not be cold-smoked. This class includes traditional products such as Prosciutto-style hams, Lomo, cold-smoked duck breasts or Coppa etc.

Class 2 Cured & Cooked Whole Muscle Products

Based on the whole muscle these need cooking – roasted, boiled, baked or hot-smoked – before eating. This class includes cooked hams, salt beef etc.

Class 3 Cured, Fermented & Air Dried Ready-to-Eat Sausage Products sponsored by Angel Refrigeration

These are traditional Salami and other ground meat products that may or may not be cold-smoked.

Class 4 Cured & Cooked Sausage Products

Based on cured sausage products these need cooking – typically poached or hot-smoked- before eating. This class includes Bologna, Mortadella, Luncheon Meats and hot-smoked Kielbasa etc.

Class 5 Soft & Spreadable Products

These are made from cured and/or preserved meats. This class includes Pates, Parfaits, Potted Meats and Rillettes as well as products such as ‘Nduja, Lard, Sobresada etc.

Class 6 Cured Bacon

These may be green, cold- or hot-smoked but will need cooking before eating. This class includes streaky, shoulder or back bacon as well as rashers from other meats, poultry and game such as beef, duck etc.

Class 7 British Regional Products sponsored by Weschenfelder

This class includes any traditional British regional recipes such as Hogs Pudding, Black Pudding, White Pudding, Haslett, Faggots, Bath Chaps, Lincolnshire Chine etc.

Class 8 “House Made” Products sponsored by The Staff Canteen

This class includes any charcuterie products made in a restaurant, hotel or pub kitchen by the kitchen staff for serving within their own restaurants and bars

Class 9 British Snacking Charcuterie sponsored by Chr. Hansen

This class recognises the huge growth in the market for British Charcuterie snacking products and includes salami sticks, snacking salami, mini salamis, biltong, jerky, scatchings, thins, fritons etc

Star Awards

Star Awards are open to and judged from products entered into classes 1-9 of The British Charcuterie Live Awards. Top scoring products from the judging of the classes are automatically put forward for the relevant Star Awards and maybe recalled for a separate judging.

Industry Champion sponsored by Red TractorNEW THIS YEAR

To be awarded to one innovative trail blazing producer who demonstrates a real passion for their craft.

Champion of Champions Product sponsored by Worshipful Company of Butchers

All products achieving Gold (scoring 90+ points out of a possible 100) will automatically be put forward for The Champion of Champions Product.

Champion of Champions Producer sponsored by Worshipful Company of Butchers

To be awarded to the producer who performs best consistently over a number of classes – no less than 3 products spread over a minimum of 3 classes.

Best Black Pudding sponsored by BlackPudding.ClubNEW THIS YEAR

To be awarded to the best black pudding judged from Class 7 – British Regional Products & Class 8 – “House Made” Products

Best Game Product sponsored by Taste of Game

To be awarded to the best product made with a proportion of game

Best Home Grown Product

To be awarded to the best product made with the producers own livestock

Best New Product sponsored by Humidity Solutions

To be awarded to the best product new to market since September 1st 2019.

Best Smoked Product sponsored by Bradley SmokerNEW THIS YEAR

To be awarded to the best cured and hot or cold smoked product

Best Traditional or Heritage Breed Product sponsored by Slow Food UK