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WING WINS 5 GOLD STAR GREAT TASTE AWARDS

The Cornish Fishmonger wins Gold Star ratings for five luxury smoked seafood.

Rob Wing, owner of Wing of St Mawes and the online fresh fish shop, thecornishfishmonger.co.uk, is celebrating after five of his luxury smoked fresh seafood won Gold Star ratings in the UK's most renowned Food Awards, the Great Taste Awards 2010.

Organised by The Guild of Fine Food, the Great Taste Awards (GTA) is the national, benchmark food awards, employing the country's most rigorous judging system, ensuring the fairest, most accurate and trusted results.

The 2010 GTAs has attracted a record number of entries. In total, 6,021 food and drink products were blind-tasted, tested and discussed during two months of intense judging by 350 judges, comprising food writers, chefs, deli and farm shop owners, food producers and buyers.

Just 1,576 products received the much coveted Gold Star Rating, five of which were entries from The Cornish Fishmonger. Due to the high number of products entered and the number of producers taking part, it is unusual for one producer to receive multiple awards.

Three of the five Gold Star rated products were awarded two Gold Stars, these were; Organic Oak Smoked Salmon, Hot Oak Smoked Salmon and Slow Smoked Wild Sea Caught Crevettes. One Gold Star was awarded to both the Hot Smoked Cornish Mackerel and the Slow Hot Oak Smoked River Fowey Mussels.

The award winning seafoods are all smoked in with their own home cure recipe. Judges provided feedback on all of the products samples. They were very complimentary about The Cornish Fishmonger's smoked fish, saying: "Very good smoke, moist, clean flavour", "Nice sweetness, not too fishy either." "Not over smoked, nicely juicy, flavoursome."

Rob Wing and his team are delighted to be among the country's most highly rated food producers. Commenting on the success Rob Wing said: "We have been selling fresh fish for more than 25 years. I've been a fisherman, worked in fish processing and now I sell some of the best Cornish fish all over the UK.

"thecornishfishmonger.co.uk is a relatively new part of the business so I am absolutely thrilled that we can now boast five award winning smoked seafoods which can be ordered online and delivered to customers' doors the very next day.

He continued: "Winning our Gold Star ratings is really important to us, as it shows our seafood is of the very best they can be and have been recognised as such by the very discerning judges. I hope this will encourage even more people to try our fresh Cornish fish and taste the quality for themselves."

The Guild of Fine Food's Bob Farrand commented of this year's entries "It's so exciting to see the standards of food and drink in the British Isles go from strength to strength, year after year, proving for those who enjoy great food - it's there to be discovered.

"We have worked hard to ensure our judging process is as robust as possible. Judging teams are balanced in terms of experience, background and even gender and every Gold Award winning entry has been independently proven to be of the highest standard".

All of the Gold Star rated products and many more are available from www.thecornishfishmonger.co.uk and, providing orders are placed before 10:00am, they will delivered the next day.

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