The cream of Devon and Cornwall's food and drink industry have been rewarded for their passion and commitment to the very best produce the region can offer.
At the annual Taste of the West awards yesterday, Westcountry producers walked away with an armful of awards in a ceremony featuring Mitch Tonks, celebrity chef and owner of Dartmouth's The Seahorse restaurant.
There were 166 Gold award-winning products competing in the 22 'Best Of' categories, with an astonishing six won by producers from Devon and two by Cornish producers.
Mr Tonks paid tribute to the winners. "It was a real joy to share a great lunch with some of the best food producers on the planet," he said.
"The South West is such an amazing food producing region and what we do here we do very, very well.
"I really admire the work of Taste of the West in getting these awards together and highlighting the region's brilliance with food."
Taste of the West chief executive John Sheaves said there was some amazing food and drink on offer. "Cornwall and Devon produces food and drink of an exceptionally high quality and continues to thrive in the Taste of the West Awards," he said.
The Carol Trewin South West Producer of the Year award went to The Watercress Company Ltd. The award is named in tribute to former Western Morning News journalist Carol, who was a passionate advocate of Westcountry food and drink, and who served as both farming editor and food editor at the WMN before her death in October 2009, after a three-year fight with leukaemia.
Firms to have triumphed with a 'Best of' award in Cornwall include the Cornish Charcuterie in the Ready Meals, Soup & Light Eats' category. The company was awarded the 'Best Of' accolade for their Pork Rillette.
Meanwhile The Cornish Duck Company Ltd's Duck Burger received the 'Best Of' award in the Burgers, Faggots & Meatballs category.
Hospitality and Retail Awards were awarded to The Cornish Pizza Company, who won Best South West Local Food Takeaway, and Wing of St Mawes, awarded Best South West Online Retailer.
In Devon, winners included Highfield Preserves Ltd, in the Savoury Preserves category; Hillside Speciality Foods, who won the Best Of Packaging category; Four Elms Fruit Farm winner of the Non-Alcoholic Drinks category; Mike's Smokehouse, winner of the Fish Produce category; Pork Heaven from Devon, winner of the Sausages category; Sharpham Partnership Ltd, winner of the Cheese category and The Wonky Kitchen, winner of the Confectionery category.
This is the second year in a row that both Pork Heaven from Devon and Sharpham Partnership Ltd have won. The Best South West Restaurant was awarded to Devon's Moorland Garden Hotel.