McCartney’s of Moira triumphed in 2011 with traditional corned beef, and Hannan Meats, also based in Moira, secured the trophy last year with an Italian inspired bacon called Moyallan Guanciale.
In 2006, a smoked wild salmon from West Cork’s Woodcock Smokery was supreme champion.
After the series of Irish triumphs, the British-based awards organisers (supported by Pallas Foods) staged part of 2013’s judging in Dublin last April, ensuring that foods are judged in peak condition, whereas they previously had to be sent to England.
The Supreme Championship 2013, sponsored by Harrods, will be announced on Sept 9, and the following Irish companies and their products are among those in contention.
*Abbey Farm Foods (Gs Gourmet Jams), Abbeyleix, Co Laois — Abbey Farm Gooseberry Preserve
*Ardrahan Farmhouse Cheese, Kanturk, Co Cork/Traditional Cheese Company — Simply Better Ardrahan Cheese
*Burren Smokehouse, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare — Burren smoked Irish organic salmon marinated with seaweed; Burren hot smoked Irish organic salmon with honey, lemon, dill; and honey infused Burren smoked Irish organic salmon
*Duncannon Smokehouse, Co Wexford, Ireland — Oak smoked Haddock
*Corleggy Cheese, Belturbet, Co Cavan — Corleggy Goats Cheese; and Corleggy Port Jelly
*En Place Foods UK Ltd, Cookstown, Co Tyrone — sea salted caramel with fennel pollen; and seabuckthorn berry and lime jam
*Ewing Seafoods, Belfast — Ewing’s Traditionally Pale Smoked Cod
*Hannan Meats, Moira, Co Down — salt aged Euro Angus cote de boeuf; salt aged Euro Angus Fiorentina t–bone; salt aged Glenarm Shorthorn Fiorentina t–bone; salt aged Euro Angus sirloin; seasoned Fiorentina t–bone; salt aged sirloin; and salt aged rack of Glenarm Shorthorn beef.
*Healy’s Honey, Ballincollig, Co Cork/Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd — Kilcree Gold Organic Honey.
*J&L Grubb, Fethard, Co Tipperary — Cashel Blue cheese
*Kettyle Irish Foods, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh — dry aged boneless lamb rack with marrow melt.
*McCartneys of Moira, Co Down — Mushroom leek & smoked garlic tart (vegetarian)
*Newgrange Gold, Boyne Valley, Co Meath — Camelina Oil.
*Nohoval Brewing Company Ltd, Kinsale, Co Cork — Stonewell Dry Cider.
*Silver Hill Foods, Emyvale, Co Monaghan/Lidl Northern Ireland — Duck Breast with Garlic & Pepper.
*Wilkie’s Chocolate, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin — Organic Chocolate 75% Cocoa.
*William Carr & Sons Ltd, Killala, Co Mayo — Smoked Mackerel.
*Yellow Door Deli, Portadown, Co Armagh — Braised Irish Beef Cheek and Smoked Potato Pie.