Posted June 23, 2005 by Nick Lindauer in Hot Sauce News

Daniel’s Fire Roast Number One Award Winner at 2005 America’s Zesty Best!

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Zesty Best Food ShowThe America’s Zesty Best Food Competition was held at the Orange County Fair Grounds in southern California on Friday, June 17th, 2005. This contest was the largest spicy food competition in the USA drawing more than 750 entries from across the country, all competing to be called America’s Zesty Best.

With television cameras rolling and Food Network representatives on hand, Daniel Matson made an amazing 10 trips to the winners’ podium to accept awards for Daniel’s Fire Roast! No other company in the country won as many awards as Daniel’s Fire Roast! This brings our 2005 national award count to 15, including five 2005 Scovie Awards, which was also more awards for salsa than any other company in that contest.

Daniel’s Fire Roast dominated the hotly contested competition with four 1st, four 2nd, and two 3rd place finishes.

Dan Matson, founder and owner of Daniel’s Fire Roast, began his professional career after winning the Amateur Zesty Best Award in January 2004. “I am very pleased to have had such a strong showing in my first professional America’s Zesty Best Awards. To compete against the best in the business and come away with ten awards is fantastic.” Matson continues, “We are striving to make the finest quality gourmet salsas that are unlike anything else currently on the shelves.”

Stop by booth 248 at the Fancy Food Show in New York City, July 10-12 to meet Daniel.

Daniel's Fire Roast AwardsZesty Best Awards Won:
First Place Salsa General
First Place Salsa Chipotle
First Place Salsa Medium
First Place Salsa Hot
Second Place Salsa Mild
Second Place Salsa Verde
Second Place Salsa Habanero
Second Place Tomato Condiment
Third Place Salsa Fruit
Third Place Grilling Finishing Sauce

More information can be obtained by contacting:
Criterion Foods LLC
855 Village Center Drive #303
North Oaks, MN 55127
Phone 651-303-8753
Fax 866-298-5272

Nick Lindauer

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