New Mills business Get Funghi is a top pick in speciality food awards

Deb Hampson and Bengt Saxmark, of Get Funghi, pictured during a tasting session at Doc Greens in New Mills. Photo contributed.
Deb Hampson and Bengt Saxmark, of Get Funghi, pictured during a tasting session at Doc Greens in New Mills. Photo contributed.

A business with one foot in the High Peak and the other in West Sweden is celebrating after being lauded by the ‘Oscars’ of the speciality food world.

Out of 10,000 entries into this year’s Great Taste awards, dried wild Porcini produced by New Mills-based Get Funghi has risen to the top to be named one of Britain’s Top 50 Foods and also awarded a coveted three-star rating.

Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, Great Taste is the acknowledged benchmark for fine speciality food and drink.

Deb Hampson, who runs Get Funghi with Bengt Saxmark, said: “We’re so proud and happy to have received this incredible accolade.

“Our little business has grown at an organic pace over the last few years, in keeping with the seasonal product the two of us pick and dry with love and care.

“We’re passionate about wild mushrooms and it’s wonderful to be able to raise the profile of a foodstuff that can be of very variable quality on the market.”

Get Funghi’s wild mushrooms are hand-picked deep in the untouched forests of West Sweden where Bengt hails from.

“They are dried on the same day to ensure maximum flavour conservation,” Bengt explained.

“We don’t have to do anything else to them, they’re perfect as they are!”

Get Funghi’s dried wild Porcini is distributed to delis and restaurants across Derbyshire and the UK.

The award sees the product join the ranks of some of the most outstanding foods available.

It also means that, as a three-star winner, Get Funghi Porcini is in with a chance of winning a Great Taste Golden Fork, the winners of which will be announced during a glitzy awards dinner in London next month.

Judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, producers and a host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with branding and packaging ignored.

Judges savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a one, two or three-star award.