Success for Brechin chocolatier’s bonbons in Great Taste 2013 awards

Brechin chocolatier Charlotte Benvie, of Carlotta’s Chocolates, has said her success in the Great Taste 2013 awards felt like winning “an Oscar.”

Charlotte wowed the judged with her dark chocolate bonbon, winning a star in the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.

Great Taste is simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging.

In total, more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product.

“It feels like I’ve won an Oscar,” says Charlotte from her chocolate-making kitchen in rural Angus.

“It’s wonderful to receive recognition at this early stage in our business - and with a brand new product.

“I enjoy experimenting with different processes and combinations and our bonbon was a result of this.

“We’ve introduced it to customers at various markets and shows and always get a great reaction.

“This Great Taste Award is the best validation possible and we look forward to many more people enjoying our bonbon.”

Charlotte is no stranger to the fine food scene having won through to the final 74 of TV series Masterchef in 2011 from a field of 24,000 entrants.

Out of almost 10,000 products entered from home and abroad into Great Taste 2013 only about one third received awards.

Judges were drawn from the ranks of restaurant critics, buyers from top department stores, delicatessens and supermarkets as well as leading chefs.

On Monday, September 9, at a nail-biting Awards’ Dinner at the Royal Gardens Hotel, London, the great and the good from the world of fine food will gather to hear who has won the Golden Fork Awards and the final applause will be reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2013.