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
Gold – Carlingford Oysters, Ireland
Silver – Galway Oysters, Ireland
Bronze – Porthilly Oysters, Cornwall, UK
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:
• Camel Porthilly
• Kelly’s of Galway
• Morecambe Bay
• Wild Colchester
• Loch Ryan
• Duchy of Cornwall
• Colchester Rock
• West Mersea