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Boisdale & Wright Brothers Present The Cloudy Bay British Oyster Championship & Lunch 2015

Posted on Nov 19, 2015
Boisdale & Wright Brothers Present The Cloudy Bay British Oyster Championship & Lunch 2015

in part­ner­ship with Velocity

On Wednes­day Novem­ber 18th, Bois­dale of Canary Wharf and Wright Broth­ers, played host to the Cloudy Bay British Oys­ter Cham­pi­onship & Lunch 2015, in part­ner­ship with Veloc­i­ty, the world’s lead­ing inter­na­tion­al dig­i­tal hos­pi­tal­i­ty ser­vice. The event gath­ered the very best in the restau­rant indus­try for the world’s great­est ever, blind tast­ing of British Oys­ters to date.

Host­ed by renowned bon viveur, writer and chef Bill Knott, the event accom­mo­dat­ed the industry’s most tal­ent­ed chefs (with over 10 Miche­lin stars between them), top som­me­liers, influ­en­tial food writ­ers, and amus­ing oys­ter enthu­si­asts all under one roof. Guests includ­ed, Richard Cor­ri­g­an, Pierre Koff­man, Peter Prescott, Rachel Khoo, and Daniel Kent of Wiltons, one of London’s old­est and most estab­lished oys­ter serv­ing destinations.

Robin Han­cock of Wright Broth­ers, which sup­plies 5 tonnes of oys­ters per week to 170 restau­rants in Lon­don, kicked off the awards cer­e­mo­ny with an expert assess­ment on the health of the UK oys­ter indus­try not­ing the dra­mat­ic recent growth in the pro­duc­tion of Pacif­ic (also known as Rock) in UK. Maria Ines Pina, Senior Brand Man­ag­er of Cloudy Bay in the UK pre­sent­ed the awards to the win­ning oys­ter pro­duc­ers as vot­ed by judges, with the gold win­ners receiv­ing a mag­num of Cloudy Bay Sauvi­gnon Blanc 2014.

Cloudy Bay British Oys­ter Cham­pi­onship Winners

Rock Cat­e­go­ry

Gold – Car­ling­ford Oys­ters, Ireland

Sil­ver – Gal­way Oys­ters, Ireland

Bronze – Porthilly Oys­ters, Corn­wall, UK

Native Cat­e­go­ry

Gold – Loch Ryan Native Oys­ters, Ireland

Two fur­ther awards were giv­en to those who have made a par­tic­u­lar mark in the oys­ter com­mu­ni­ty through their high­ly vis­i­ble and unbri­dled pas­sion for the bivalve mol­lusc. Veloc­i­ty Direc­tor of Sales in the UK and Europe Harmeet Rehal pre­sent­ed the Cloudy Bay Oys­ter Cham­pi­on 2015 to worl­drenowned chef, Richard Cor­ri­g­an for rais­ing the pro­file of oys­ters through his work on tele­vi­sion and through his restau­rant Bentley’s.

Sev­enth gen­er­a­tion oys­ter­man Richard Haward of West Mersea Oys­ters was pre­sent­ed the high­ly cov­et­ed Life­time Oys­ter Achieve­ment Award 2015, for the ded­i­ca­tion his fam­i­ly has shown since 1798. Both win­ners received Mag­num of 2014 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2012. The nom­i­nees and win­ners for each cat­e­go­ry were as follows:

Cloudy Bay Oys­ter Cham­pi­on 2015 Nominees

Richard Cor­ri­g­an – WINNER

His Roy­al High­ness, The Prince of Wales, Mark Hix, Sir Ter­ence Con­ran & Peter Prescott

Life­time Oys­ter Achieve­ment Award Nominees

Richard Haward — WINNER

David Jar­rad, David Hugh-Jones, Clive Askew, Sam­my Tamsanguan

Shuck­ing off at 11.30am, the tast­ing was divid­ed into two cat­e­gories: Rock and Natives. The day

con­sist­ed of a blind tast­ing of a com­pre­hen­sive selec­tion of the best British oys­ters in pro­duc­tion by anex­pert pan­el of judges. Guests, judges and award nom­i­nees alike enjoyed a spec­tac­u­lar four-course lunch pre­pared by Bois­dale Exec­u­tive Head Chef Andy Rose, and paired with deli­cious wines from the Cloudy Bay vineyards.

Full list of par­tic­i­pat­ing oysters:

Pacif­ic Oysters

• Camel Porthilly

• Car­ling­ford

• Cum­brae

• French­mans

• Kelly’s of Galway

• Har­ty

• Jer­sey

• Lind­is­farne

• More­cambe Bay

• Port­land

• Wild Colchester

Native

• Loch Ryan

• Duchy of Cornwall

• Colch­ester Rock

• West Mersea

Click here to view pho­tos from this event.