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The British Oyster Championships 2013

Posted on Oct 25, 2013
The British Oyster Championships 2013

On Tues­day 22nd Octo­ber, The British Oys­ter Cham­pi­onships 2013 were held by Bois­dale and Wright Broth­ers with fine wine spon­sor Jus­teri­ni & Brooks in the lav­ish sur­round­ings of Bois­dale Canary Wharf. Now in its third year, the Cham­pi­onships seek to find the best British rock and native oys­ters through a blind tast­ing by a pan­el of elite indus­try experts.

The win­ners of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion have spe­cial con­nec­tions with famed British seafood lovers. The win­ner of the best Rock pro­duc­er was the Porthilly Camel oys­ter, grown in beds a short dis­tance across the Camel Estu­ary from renowned seafood chef Rick Stein’s home in Pad­stow, Cornwall.The late Kei­th Floy­d’s favourite oys­ter, the Helford Native from the Dutchy of Corn­wall oys­ter farm was judged by the experts to be best in cat­e­go­ry and most supe­ri­or over­all, beat­ing off six­teen oth­er varieties.

Chefs and restau­ran­teurs Row­ley Leigh (Café Anglais), Jacob Kenedy (Boc­ca di Lupo), Bri­an Turn­er, Mar­got Hen­der­son (Rochelle Can­teen) and Francesco Mazzei (L’An­i­ma) were joined by writ­ers and crit­ics includ­ing Tom Park­er Bowles and Charles Cam­pi­on for the judging.

Over 1,500 British oys­ters were sourced by Wright Broth­ers, select­ing the very best com­mer­cial­ly avail­able oys­ters from across the UK, and tast­ed along­side a 2012 Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Mont­louis Sec Les Dix Arpents” select­ed by Jus­teri­ni & Brooks as the per­fect accom­pa­ni­ment. In light of cur­rent indus­try chal­lenges, with dis­ease and oys­ter bed destruc­tion in France, one of the key debates of the day was the rel­a­tive strengths of British and French oys­ter pro­duc­ers and the age old rival­ry between the two. Plans have been made for a future France vs UK grand tast­ing to find an ulti­mate winner.

The win­ning oys­ters and Jus­teri­ni & Brooks wine will soon be avail­able on the menu at Bois­dale and Wright Broth­er restaurants.