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Rum punch is a knockout at Great Taste 2014

WINNER: Jamaican-born caterer, Avis Sue Lawrence, also know as The Kingstonian

A TOP Jamaican-born caterer bagged a clutch of stars at this year’s Great Taste Awards - the world’s largest blind-tasted food awards and held in the UK.

Avis Sue Lawrence, affectionately known as ‘The Kingstonian’, became the first Caribbean artisan producer to achieve five awards in any one time from the prestigious Great Taste Awards.

Run by the Dorset-based Guild of Fine Food, the awards - dubbed ‘the Food Oscars’ - have become the largest and most highly trusted accreditation scheme for speciality food and drink producers.

On her first attempt to prove the superiority of her products, The Kingstonian scooped the top 3-star accolade for her ‘OPD’ (Ol' Pirate's Daughter) rum punch.

Her Caribbean Christmas pudding, jerk pork and curry mutton and ginger beer were also successfully awarded a variety of stars, meaning Lawrence picked up a whopping five gongs out of seven products submitted.

“I'm thrilled to have received these Great Taste awards. It’s an honour to be recognised by such a prestigious organisation as The Guild of Fine Food, which carry’s great respect by people from around the world,” said Lawrence.

“These accolades have taken The Kingstonian from being a micro company to being part of the most exclusive club in fine foods and that only means growth for the business.”

Fingers are now crossed for Lawrence on Monday, September 8, where she will be competing at an Awards’ Dinner at the Royal Garden Hotel, London, when the great and the good from the world of fine food will gather to hear who has won the Golden Fork Awards and the final applause will be reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2014.

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