Best crisp win­ners

Pota­toes NZ was proud to in­tro­duce the in­au­gu­ral 2017 Crisp Tast­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

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It was judged by a group of well­re­spected food pro­fes­sion­als in­clud­ing head judge Niki Bez­zant (Pres­i­dent of Food Writ­ers NZ), Kathy Pater­son and Cather­ine Smith. Be­tween them there was a great deal of ex­pe­ri­ence in judg­ing a range of food com­pe­ti­tions such as the Cheese Awards, the Sausage Com­pe­ti­tion, Steak of Ori­gin and the Out­stand­ing Food Pro­duc­ers Awards, to name a few.

The com­pe­ti­tion was un­der­taken by blind-tast­ing across three com­pe­ti­tion sec­tions: Ket­tle Fried Salted Crisp, Chicken-flavoured Crisp and Pro­ducer’s Choice. From this the high­est scor­ing crisp was awarded the over­all Supreme Win­ner Award.

Each cat­e­gory was tasted sep­a­rately and judged ac­cord­ing to the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria: Ap­pear­ance, Flavour, Tex­ture and Fresh­ness. The crisps were judged out of a pos­si­ble twenty points and the over­all win­ner was then de­cided based on score to­tals and at the judge’s dis­cre­tion.

The awards were pre­sented at the Pota­toes New Zealand Awards Din­ner. Ear­lier that af­ter­noon, con­fer­ence del­e­gates were in­vited to taste the en­trants in the Ket­tle Fried Salted Crisps cat­e­gory, then vote for their favourite.

The In­dus­try Choice win­ner (voted by the con­fer­ence del­e­gates) was… Blue­bird Cop­per Ket­tle Sea Salt.

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