A SOUTHAMPTON gelato company has been awarded a prestigious Great Taste award.

Sprinkles Gelato, which has outlets in Above Bar Street and Portswood Road, was awarded a two star Great Taste award, for its brownie gelato as part of the 2018 awards, which was judged by more than 500 food critics, chefs and other food industry professionals.

Sharif Ahmed, managing director of Sprinkles Gelato, said: “We’re really proud that we have won another Great Taste award this year – our brownie gelato is extremely popular with our customers and we’re glad that this product has been recognised by the experts.

“It’s actually my personal favourite as well! We’ll be celebrating the win with a free brownie gelato for our staff and encouraging our customers to taste the product for free!”

Of 12,634 entries into Great Taste this year, 192 were awarded three stars, 1,207 received a two stars, and 3,254 were awarded one star. The panel of judges included; MasterChef 2018 champion, Kenny Tutt, chef and food writer, Elly Curshen, and eco chef and food writer, Tom Hunt,.