A £100 British butter has been voted one of the finest foods in the world
Some of the best culinary delights can be found in the UK – but only if you’re willing to part with £95.
A British butter – flavoured with UK lobster, Devon crab, caviar, lemon and fennel – has been voted one of the finest foods in the world.
The delicious spread – which goes by the name of Ridiculous No55 Lobster and Crab Butter – won three stars at this year’s Great Taste Awards.
It’s produced by Sublime Butter, a family-run business based in Richmond, west London.
The epitome of luxury, it doesn’t come in a regular tub – rather a limited-edition butter dish that’s specially designed for the product and handmade in Italy.
Company founder, Chris Mair, said: ‘The Great Taste Awards are like the Oscars of food.
‘Because we won three stars we will be on for the Gold Fork Awards that’s going to take place in a couple of weeks, so fingers crossed.
‘It’s ridiculous by name and by nature, because we didn’t spare any expense on the ingredients.
‘It’s like our very own Willy Wonka range.’
Ridiculous No55 joins a select group of mouth-watering spreads, including a Chian tangerine spread made in Tavros Attica, Greece, and a raw sting-less bee honey harvested in Singapore.
The Guild of Fine Foods (GFF), which hosts the awards, received 14,113 entries from 108 countries this year – so it’s a special win for the family-run brand.
The foodie winners are decided by a mix of 350 experts, including chefs, retailers and culinary critics, who blind taste products.
One judge said: ‘You can tell a butter is good when you want to sit there and just eat spoonfuls of it without any bread or biscuits to go alongside.
‘This is such an exciting, innovative product.
‘The butter has been whipped perfectly to give a wonderful mouth feel.
‘The fennel comes through with sophistication as does the citrus and generous pieces of shellfish just add to the overall luxury.’
Another judge added: ‘The taste is delicious, the butter melts and fills the mouth with the flavour of lobster and crab.
‘The sweetness is offset by a touch of lemon.
‘This butter is a harmony of flavours of the seafood with good quality butter, and the seasoning is balanced.
‘The fennel could very easily overbalance with its distinctive flavour, but is carefully monitored, Overall the butter is just irresistible.’
The prestigious accolade is expected to boost sales for the small company, which supplies high-end butters to farm shops and more than 50 butchers around the country.
Founder Chris added: ‘I created Sublime in 2019 but it has been a few years in the making.
‘I had run a steak club for the last 12 years and I picked up that despite all the great steak restaurants and the great meat, there hasn’t been much condiment development.
‘The popular sauces like peppercorn drown out the flavour, so I wanted to create something a bit different.
‘I hired a chef and we created some flavours and then we made flavoured butter and had a eureka moment.
‘We couldn’t believe no one had really done it before.’
If you’re keen to try something from the brand, not all products come with such a heavy price tag. Their truffle and parmesan butter, for example, can be picked up for £4.25.
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