After a day of judging with hundreds of oysters shucked over the two varieties of oyster tasted and 10 producers represented in front of 19 academic judges, the results are finally in from the second Boisdale & Wright Brothers Oyster Tasting Championship 2012.
Whistable, in the Native category and Cumbrae in the Rock took the gold medals at the event held at Boisdale of Canary Wharf in association with Pol Roger Champagne and Château de Sours wines on Tuesday October 16, 2012 but the day was a triumph for the British Isles’ oyster industry as a whole.
The Judging Panel:
Tom Parker Bowles, Xante Clay, Joe Warwick, Kate Spicer, Lucas Hollweg, Rowley Leigh, Charles Campion pictured with Sam Hart, Richard Vines, Dai Francis, Brian Turner, Rick Stein, Robin Hancock, Ranald Macdonald, Bill Knott, Nick James, Richard Corrigan, Harry Phibbs.
Quotes from the judges…
Lucas Hollweg – food editor and journalist, self-taught cook
What a fantastic a tasting! If you see not just the range of oysters being produced round the cost of the British Isles but also the fact that they are all of such amazing quality. French oysters eat your heart out!
Charles Campion – food critic
It’s nice to see a noble oyster given the attention it deserves.
Sam Hart – restaurateur, owner of Quo Vadis
It’s such a pleasure to taste oysters laterally, and very constructive tasting 10 different oysters one after another. It opens one’s eyes to a vast difference between British Oysters.
Bill Knott – TV chef, food critic
An event brilliantly conceived and even better this year!
Tom Parker Bowles – food critic
The Natives are so beautiful, unpacifiable above Rocks. However Rocks will be the future of oysters for everyone.
Oyster lovers can taste the winning oysters at all Boisdale and Wright Brothers restaurants.