Entries are being welcomed to The British Charcuterie Awards 2018.

Co-founders of the industry's first ever national awards, Henrietta Green and Charlotte Sharpe-Neal, are encouraging farmers, butchers, meat processors and chefs to compete in the nine different classes.

These range from air-dried & ready-to-eat whole muscle to native and heritage products with a Champion of Champions Product and Champion of Champions Producer selected from the nine classes.

The live, blind judging will take place in the dedicated British Charcuterie Tent, on August 2, the first day of BBC Countryfile Live 2018, held at Blenheim Palace between August 2-5.

The judging team includes head judge British Bake Off co-judge Prue Leith, John Gower who set up the New York’s Charcuterie Masters, chefs Angela Hartnett, James Lowe, Ben Tish, Adam Handling and Neil Borthwick, master butcher David Lidgate, charcutier extraordinaire Stephane Reynaud, Monika Linton who founded Brindisa, Rich Summers of The School of Artisan Food, food writers Xanthe Clay and Felicity Cloake, Graham Stoodley who is charcuterie manager for Harvey & Brockless, Shane Holland of Slow Food UK and Tom Beeston of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

Entries are invited from all British Charcuterie producers with submission through britishcharcuterie.live.