Star Awards - Open to and judged from classes 1-8 of The British Charcuterie Awards. The Awards include Champion of Champions Product, Champion of Champions Producer, Best Traditional / Heritage Breed Product and new this year Best Game Product and Best New Product (see below for further details)
Class 1 Cured, Air-Dried & Ready-to-Eat Whole Muscle Products sponsored by Harvey & Brockless. Based on the whole muscle these are cured and air-dried products that may or may not be cold-smoked. This class includes traditional products such as Prosciutto-style hams, Lomo, cold-smoked duck breasts or Coppa etc.
Class 2 Cured & Cooked Whole Muscle Products Media Partner Fine Food Digest - based on the whole muscle these need cooking - roasted, boiled, baked or hot-smoked - before eating. This class includes cooked hams, salt beef etc.
Class 3 Cured, Fermented & Air Dried Ready-to-Eat Sausage Products sponsored by Angel Refrigeration. These are traditional Salami and other ground meat products that may or may not be cold-smoked.
Class 4 Cured & Cooked Sausage Products sponsored by Viscofan based on cured sausage products these need cooking - typically poached or hot-smoked- before eating. This class includes Bologna, Mortadella, Luncheon Meats and hot-smoked Kielbasa etc.
Class 5 Soft & Spreadable Products - these are made from cured and/or preserved meats. This class includes Pates, Parfaits, Potted Meats and Rillettes as well as products such as 'Nduja, Lard, Sobresada etc.
Class 6 Cured Bacon - these may be green, cold- or hot-smoked but will need cooking before eating. This class includes streaky, shoulder or back bacon as well as rashers from other meats, poultry and game such as beef, duck etc.
Class 7 British Regional Products sponsored by Weschenfelder Direct - this class includes any traditional British regional recipes such as Hogs Pudding, Black Pudding, White Pudding, Haslett, Faggots, Bath Chaps, Lincolnshire Chine etc.
Class 8 "House Made" Products Media Partner Chef Magazine - this class includes any cured products made in a restaurant, hotel or pub kitchen by the kitchen staff for serving within their own restaurants and bars
Star Awards - Open to and judged from classes 1-8 of The British Charcuterie Awards.
Champion of Champions Product - all products achieving Gold (scoring 90+ points out of a possible 100) will automatically be put forward for The Champion of Champions Product. Final judging for this award will take place at BBC Countryfile Live 2019 on Thursday 1st August 2019
Champion of Champions Producer sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Butchers - to be awarded to the producer who performs best consistently over a number of classes - no less than 3 products spread over a minimum of 3 classes. Final judging for this award will take place at BBC Countryfile Live 2019 on Thursday 1st August 2019
NEW THIS YEAR - Best Game Product sponsored by Taste of Game. Products must be made with a proportion of game Final judging for this award will take place in The Kitchen Theatre at The Game Fair 2019 on Saturday 27th July 2019
NEW THIS YEAR - Best New Product sponsored by Humidity Solutions. Products must be new to market since September 1st 2018. Final judging for this award will take place at BBC Countryfile Live 2019 on Thursday 1st August 2019
Best Traditional or Heritage Breed Product sponsored by The Fine Cheese Co supported by Slow Food UK. Products must be made with meat from a British Traditional or Heritage breed* using a traditional recipe**. Vetting to be carried out by Slow Food UK. Final judging for this award will take place at BBC Countryfile Live 2019 on Thursday 1st August 2019
*Native and/or Traditional breed is one that is native to the UK's shores and has existed for more than one hundred years **Traditional recipe is interpreted to mean one that contains ingredients that would be expected to be found typically in the product and without any artificially produced ingredients, or ingredients which substantially change the core product.