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Awards / JD Wetherspoons Vegetable Samosa


JD Wetherspoon’s Vegetable Samosas made by The Authentic Food Company have been crowned Best New Frozen Foodservice Product of the Year at the prestigious BFFF Annual Awards 2017.

Organised by British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), the awards were the highlight of the trade association’s annual gala dinner dance at the London Hilton on Park Lane hotel on the evening of 8 June. Now in their thirtieth year, the awards were sponsored by the Yearsley Group, and are recognised as the frozen industry’s top accolade.

The Authentic Food Company’s samosa came out on top amongst six other gold award winners to claim the overall top spot. Gold winners included Bidfood, which claimed two gold awards in the Best New Accompaniment and Best Bakery categories, Crown Foods, KK Fine Foods, Laila’s Fine Foods and Mademoiselle Desserts.

The Frozen Food Awards are well respected throughout the catering industry as all the entries are judged by representatives of the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs, who, as executive chefs, catering managers and recipe developers, are expert in their field and uncompromising in their assessments of the entries.

Commenting on the awards John Hyman, BFFF chief executive, said: “Our judges simply loved this crispy Indian shortcrust pastry, filled with potatoes, a garam masala blend of spices and peas, tempered with fennel seed and cumin seed.”

The judge’s comments included: ‘Very good product, looked authentic, great taste, not greasy’, another said, ‘Good colour, very nice flavour just enough ‘kick’. Pastry good’, with yet another saying, ‘Good shape and size, crispy pastry with good mixed filling. Flavour very good. A really well-deserved winner.’

John Hyman added: “We’ve seen an impressive range of foodservice entries this year, with plenty of ingenuity, innovation and appetite for global cuisines. They demonstrate that frozen foods continue to make significant progress in the foodservice sector as end users demand enhanced quality, recipe authenticity and significant labour-savings in the kitchen.

“The foodservice industry has enjoyed a strong year, with growth under-pinned by strong consumer confidence and dynamic choice of outlets.”

Tom Holmes, Retail Marketing Manager at The Authentic Food Company comments: “We are delighted to win the top honour in foodservice twice in four years. Yet again we have challenged ourselves to upgrade the humble samosa to a new level in terms of taste and texture and the product is bang on trend with the rise of authentic international hand held street food.”

Jonathan Baker of Yearsley Group (l), Tom Holmes of The Authentic Food Company Ltd. (cl), Andrew Green of The Craft Guild of Chefs (cr) and John Hyman of BFFF (r)

Photos by Sam Markwell Photography.  https://sammarkwell.instaproofs.com/gallery/#events/1502214/3534726


Best New Starter Product:

JD Wetherspoons Vegetable Samosa by The Authentic Food Company Ltd.


Best New Accompaniment Product:

Everyday Favourites Cooked Quinoa and Veg Mix by Bidfood


Best New Main Course/Meal Centre Product:

MSC Gluten Free Bubble Coated Salmon Fillet by Crown Foods Ltd.


Best New Meat Free/Vegetarian Product:

JD Wetherspoons Mediterranean Lasagne by KK Fine Foods Plc


Best New Multi-Portion Product:

Thai Red Chicken Curry by Laila’s Fine Foods Ltd.


Best New Bakery/Pastries Product:

‘Premium Selection’ Red Leicester, West Country Farmhouse Bloomer by Bidfood


Best New Ice Cream/Dessert/Confectionery Product:

Carrot Cake Roulade by Mademoiselle Desserts

  • Sector


  • Category

    Foodservice Product of the Year

  • Award

    Foodservice Product of the Year

  • Product

    JD Wetherspoons Vegetable Samosa

  • Company

    The Authentic Food Company Ltd


  • Contact

    Nik Basran
    Tel: 0161 495 4000