Cheeky charcuterie winners

NEVER heard of guanciale? Well, you really need to try this glorious charcuterie, particularly the award-winning version made by West Dorset-based Capreolus, who have just won the prize for this year’s Great Taste Charcuterie Product of the Year.

The award was presented to Karen and David Richards, founders of Capreolus Fine Foods, at Rampisham, for the guanciale, described as a “perfect example” of cured and air-dried pork cheek, with “layers and layers of porky and herby flavour”.

With its “balanced sweet and salty flavours”, the guanciale impressed at every stage of the blind-tasted judging process. Rising to the top among charcuterie entries from the UK and beyond, the “melt in the mouth” guanciale was celebrated as the best in its class at the Great Taste Golden Fork Dinner held at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London.

Pictured: from left, John Farrand, of the Guild of Fine Food, and Michael Lane, of the Fine Food Digest, with Karen and David Richards.