A YOGHURT made in Dorset has won a Great Taste 2020 3-star award.

Dorset Strained Yoghurt - Whole Milk from The Dorset Dairy Co in Sturminster Newton, was declared to be a 'yoghurt that delivers everything you want' by judges.

It is one of just 205 producers awarded a 3-star award.

The Great Taste awards were given out following 14 weeks of judging.

In these international awards, there was a record breaking 12,777 entries from 106 different countries.

Around 42 per cent were awarded a highly prized Great Taste accolade and 441 are based in the south west.

Producers will have to wait to see if they also scoop the top awards for their region. These final honours, including the Great Taste 2020 Supreme Champion, will be announced at the virtual Great Taste Golden Fork awards event, set to take place in October.

Great Taste is organised by the Guild of Fine Food and values taste above all else, with no regard for branding or packaging.

All products are removed from their packaging before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.

This year’s winners have been found through a combination of remote judging and socially distanced judging sessions, after the lockdown began just one week into the schedule.

The panel of judges included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food Melissa Hemsley, cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cooking Anna Jones, celebrated Spanish chef José Pizarro, Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom, food writer and cook Xanthe Clay, and baker and author Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason and Waitrose.

These palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2020 Supreme Champion.