From the best of this year’s mince pie offerings to the enormous amount of sugar in some milkshakes these are the food news stories that have caught our eye this week.

The guardian

Asda has come out on top in the annual festive mince pie taste test carried out by Which?, but the consumer group said overall standards are down this year as retailers opted for cheaper ingredients to keep prices down. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/nov/15/asda-beats-waitrose-harrods-which-mince-pie-taste-test

Cypriot farmers struggle to meet demand for halloumi. Shortage of sheep and goats in Cyprus coupled with growing taste for grilled cheese in China ‘threatens global supplies’ https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/nov/11/cypriot-farmers-halloumi-shortage-milk-global-demand-china

metro

Waitrose is bringing back ‘forgotten’ Victorian vegetable salsify. Salsify is a favourite among high-end chefs – but you’ve probably never heard of it. The root vegetable was a staple food in the Victorian era but fell out of favour. But now, Waitrose is bringing it back. https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/11/waitrose-is-bringing-back-forgotten-victorian-vegetable-salsify-8127104/

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Flynn McGarry: I’m 19 years old, but I don’t have a girlfriend, I have a restaurant. As a child he was given induction burners and an immersion circulator for his birthdays. Now the boy-chef Flynn McGarry is a New York phenomenon. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/flynn-mcgarry-im-19-years-old-but-i-dont-have-a-girlfriend-i-have-a-restaurant-n2sjf2bj5

Aldi’s low-cost caviar causes row over roe. If something seems a bit fishy about cut-price caviar at Aldi this Christmas, you could be right. A row has erupted over the authenticity of its product, which is being promoted to attract middle-class shoppers. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/aldi-s-low-cost-caviar-causes-row-over-roe-bcw25crzn

The fabulous Bake Off boy’s back! When cheeky charmer Liam Charles was evicted from the tent last year, he vowed he’d return, and now he has – with his own show. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-6359377/The-fabulous-Bake-boys-Liam-Charles-returns-show.html

ITV news

Milkshakes containing a “remarkable” 39 teaspoons of sugar should be banned, a campaign group has said. The Toby Carvery’s Unicorn Freakshake topped a list published by Action on Sugar of sugary milkshakes served at restaurants and fast food outlets in the UK, with one serving coming in at 1,280 calories. https://www.itv.com/news/2018-11-13/high-calorie-milkshakes-should-be-banned-say-sugar-campaigners/