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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Award Winning Wheat/Gluten and Lactose Free Ginger Mini Loaf


Over in the UK, the Caterer and Hotelkeeper Excellence in Food and Drink Awards, first given out in 2001, in association with 3663 First for Foodservice, held its annual award ceremony at London’s Dorchester hotel. Celebrity chef-restaurateur Aldo Zilli was host. The awards honor (or honour) the achievements of manufacturers and suppliers to the food service industry.

A full list of the winners is available at CatererSearch.com.

The reason I'm taking notice is the winner in the Healthy, Organic and Ethical Products category. That would be Delicious Alchemy's Wheat/Gluten- and Lactose-Free Ginger Mini Loaf. (Which beat out Delicious Alchemy's own Wheat/Gluten-Free Rolls among others shortlisted.)

As CatererSearch elaborated:

This moist, sticky cake - hailed by the judges as "a great dessert product" - was the first to be designed for the food service, conference and eating-out markets covering the UK's largest allergy group.

It is estimated that 10% of hotel and restaurant guests avoid wheat, gluten and/or lactose, and the retail market for these products is worth £81m out of the total £90m market for the entire free-from sector.

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This is all very worthy, but the proof is in the eating, and the judges backed up Delicious Alchemy's claims that the cake tasted just like a "normal" version, concluding that it "compares well with ones that are not gluten-free". They were lavish in their praise for both the look of the loaf ("looks nice" and "cute" with "a good top") and its taste and texture, which was described as "very pleasant", "summery", "very moist" and with a "strong ginger flavour".

Delicious Alchemy normally sells only to institutions like hotels, but it looks like you can order smaller quantities from it's web site. It looks like all of its products are both gluten and lactose-free.

Why do I keep saying "looks like"? Because its web site is so badly done that the pictures and text overlap each other to make the information unreadable, in two different browsers. Please, spend some money on a web designer, and fast.

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