The corned beef from McCartneys of Moira was also given three gold stars in the annual awards, plus the title of Best Speciality from Northern Ireland.
Made by McCartneys of Moira since 2007 from a recipe belonging to owner George McCartney’s grandfather, the corned beef has reportedly achieved a following in the local area.
McCartney said: “I’m stunned. I have such a fantastic team with my longest members having been with me for 27 years. I want to pay tribute to the Guild of Fine Food for the amount of effort they put into each producer. As we all know, there is a recession still on and this will really give Northern Ireland the boost it needs and deserves.”
Over 350 chefs, restaurateurs and specialist retail buyers whittled down 7,500 entries to around 2,400 Great Taste Award winners with one, two and three gold stars. Just 114 products were given the coveted three gold stars.
Trophies were awarded to those products deemed impeccable within a number of categories.
The 2011 Great Taste Award winners are:
Supreme Champion and Northern Ireland
Corned Beef, McCartney's of Moira
Dark Side of the Moose Beer, Purple Moose Brewery
Royal Merina Chocolate, Demarquette Fine Chocolates
Dry-cured Organic Un-smoked Bacon, Duchy
Midlands & East Anglia
Smoked Gammon, Hill Top Smokehouse
Traditionally Cured and Oak-smoked Herring, J Lawrie & Sons
Yeats Country Organic Full Fat Soft Cheese, Green Pastures (Donegal)
Sicilian Pistacchio Ice Cream, Spurreli
Oolong Tea, Wan Ling Tea House
Sweet Raspberry Vinegar, Stratta
Best First Time Entrant
Beef Fat for Roasting Potatoes, Hand Cut Chips, Potato Skins and Rose Veal Fillet Steak from Alternative Meats Ltd
Farmhouse Cheddar, Quckies
Tim Rowcliffe, speciality cheese wholesaler
Deli of the Year
Arch House Deli, Bristol
Great Taste Champion
Sheila Dillon, BBC Radio Four