The 2014 Scovie Awards judging panel of top culinary experts honored dozens of companies as among the best when it comes to producing spicy and savory foods. Competition for this year’s Scovie Awards was tougher than ever, with a new record of 864 total entries, up from 2013′s 805. The total number of companies entering was also a record at 151, up from 133 the previous year. In all 105 companies walked away with at least one award.
Dave DeWitt, founder of the Scovie Awards and the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show said entries came from 39 U.S. states and seven countries, including Austria, Canada, Ecuador, Australia, St. Lucia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
“Companies from all over the world continue to recognize the Scovie Awards as the most competitive blind taste tested event in the world,” DeWitt said. “I’m thrilled that participation in the awards continues to increase year after year.”
This year, in the tasting division, the Scovie Awards judges handed out their Grand Prize to Lusty Monk Mustards for their Original Sin Fresh Ground Mustard. This was a particularly important feather-in-the-cap for Lusty Monk, as the company won the Grand Prize in last year’s Scovie Awards as well. In the 2013 competition, judges honored Lusty Monk for its Burn In Hell Mustard.
In the advertising and marketing division, the Grand Prize winner was Twang Partners. The company was honored for its Beer Salt 3-Pack.
Among the notable multiple award winners in this year’s competition, Sean’s boo-Yah won 32 awards, Garden Fresh Salsa won 22, Gilly Loco won five and Arizona Rubs won three.
Guests can sample and buy Scovie Award-winning products at the upcoming 2014 National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show, to be held February 28-March 2, 2014 at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Vendors from across the country will be in attendance. For more information, visit www.fieryfoodsshow.com.