Winners of the 2008 awards - presented by Antony Worrall Thompson on Wednesday 21st May 2008 at the Notting Grill in London.

Winner of the FAIR Trophy for the best free-from food 2008

Roley's teff flour mix

A bread mix based on maize and teff flour. (Teff is a highly nutritious seed grown in the mountains of Ethiopia.) Unlike so many gluten-free breads the Roley's mix makes up (very easily) into a good looking, tasty and beautifully textured loaf, which remains fresh for several days after baking. 'If I didn't know, I would think it was normal bread,' said one judge.

'Good rise, balanced flavour and good nutritional profile', 'great loaf for gluten avoiders', 'excellent texture and flavour – not crumbly like so many gluten-free breads', 'really good flavour with no aftertaste' and 'it would work equally well with sweet and savoury toppings' were among the other comments from the judges.

Although it did not tick all of our allergy boxes (it does include milk and yeast although not egg or nut)', said Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, editor of Foods Matter, 'the Roley’s mix is an extremely successful example of a product (gluten-free bread) which is notoriously difficult to manufacture. Roley’s mix was easy to make, no more expensive than many ‘craft-baked’ loaves, had a good nutritional profile and, almost unheard of for gluten-free bread, still tasted quite fresh and very edible two days later.'

Innovation award

Winner:

Oatly Oat Cream

Pouring cream made from oats - so dairy, egg, wheat, soya, corn and nut free.

‘Brilliant, a beautifully constructed product’ said one judge. ‘Great mouthfeel - the consistency of pouring cream’, ‘pleasant, creamy, silky’, ‘slightly bland but an excellent accompaniment to any desert or pudding’ were among the other comments.

‘We finally chose the Oatly,’ said Michelle, ‘because it was such a useful, flexible, reasonably priced product which tasted good and ticked all of our allergy boxes (oats now being acceptable for all but the most sensitive of coeliacs).’

Highly commended:
GFree Savoury flans

Commended:
Tofutti Mozzarella style grated soya cheese

Individual Categories:

1. Dairy (cow) free - ‘milk’, cheese, butter, spreads

Winner:
Delamere mature goat’s cheddar

Highly commended:
St Helen’s goat butter

Commended:
Pure Organic Spread
Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese Garlic & Herb

2. Dairy (cow) free - ice cream, chocolate, desserts & yogurts

Winner:
Swedish Glacé rich chocolate

Highly commended:
Swedish Glacé choc ices

Commended:
Woodlands Organic Sheep’s Milk Live yoghurt
Sainsbury’s Free-from Vanilla custard
B’Nice Non-dairy Rice Cream – Chocolate
Booja-Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate

3. Gluten free breads (breads & bread mixes)

Winner:
Roley’s teff flour mix

Highly commended:
Il Pane di Anna Buckwheat Bread mix

Commended:
Tesco Free From Ciabatta
Glutafin Select Fresh White Bread

4. Gluten free pastas, pizzas, pies & sauces

Winner:
Mixwell gluten-free pizza mix

Highly commended:
JUVELA Gluten-Free Pizza Bases

Commended:
Morrison’s gluten-free penne
Nomato Pasta Sauce
Marks & Spencer gluten-free mince pies

5. Gluten free cakes, muffins & puddings

Winner:
Gluten-free Kitchen Coffee & Walnut Sponge

Highly commended:
Livwell Gluten-free Christmas pudding

Commended:
Raspberry Creek Carrot Cake
OK Allergy-Friendly Foods Almond & Apricot Cake
Morrison’s Free-from Rich Fruit Cake Slices

6. Gluten free - cereal bars & biscuits (sweet and savoury)

Winner:
Mrs Crimbles coconut macaroons

Highly commended:
Doves Farm Hazelnut Cookies

Commended:
Glutafin Crackers
Tesco Free From Cheese Crackers
Lyme Regis Organic Seven Seed and Nut Bar

7. Wheat free

Winner:
Biona Wholemeal Rye Bread

Highly commended:
Nairn’s Stem Ginger Wheat Free Biscuits

Commended:
Biona Wholemeal Amaranth/Quinoa Rye Bread
Village Bakery Four Organic Fruit Bars

8. Egg free

Winner:
Mrs Crimble’s Dutch Apple cake

Highly commended:
Nairn’s Stem Ginger Biscuits

Commended:
Biona Organic Honey Cake Wheat- free
Doves Farm Organic Lemon Cookies
Sainsbury’s Freefrom Chocolate Chip Cookies

9. Nut free

Commended:
D & D Carob bars and Easter eggs
It’s Nut Free Cherry Flapjack
Kinnerton chocolate bars and eggs