Scovie Win By Puttanesca Pasta Sauce In Blind Tasting

Gorji Gourmet Pasta Sauce

Gorji Gourmet Puttanesca Sauce with vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh basil & garlic, kalamata olives and cayenne pepper.

Puttanesca Earns Top Honors

Chef Gorji’s Puttanesca gourmet pasta sauce was awarded silver in the prepared food, pasta sauce category by the 2016 Scovie Award judging panel of top culinary experts.

Best Spicy & Savory Food Products Honored At 2016 Awards

The Scovie Awards is an annual competition that recognizes the top savory, spicy and fiery food products in the world. The awards were named after the Scoville Scale, a measurement of the spicy heat of a chile pepper. It is one of the most competitive blind tasted food competitions. Hundreds of products are entered and go through rigorous tastings to receive the top honors.

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Dave DeWitt, founder of the Scovie Awards said there were 126 total companies entering this year, with entries from 30 states and 8 countries. “Companies from all over the world continue to recognize the Scovie Awards as the most competitive and challenging blind taste-tested event in the world,” DeWitt, said.

Scovie Spotlight Features Puttanesca Recipe

See Chef Gorji’s recipe for Grilled Chilled Avocado with Puttanesca Sauce and Poached Shrimp in the Scovie Spotlight where it is featured. The recipe is from Chef’s award-winning Zing! By Gorji Cookbook.

Gorji Gourmet Puttanesca, gourmet pasta sauce

Grilled Chilled Avocado, Puttanesca & Poached Shrimp

In Italian lore, the intense fragrance of this sauce is a siren’s call to enjoy it whenever possible. Chef Gorji adds fresh basil, capers, chopped olives, and some cayenne pepper to his fresh-picked Pomodoro sauce to create a sauce that’s a zingy version of a classic. With vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic, capers, kalamata olives, and cayenne, it can be used with chicken, beef and seafood such as shrimp, mussels, clams, cioppino or any recipe requiring spicy tomato sauce. Even a plain meatloaf will be the star of the dinner table when accompanied by spoonfuls of this puttanesca sauce. Or serve as a dip with cold shrimp for a fresh and tangy take on the classic shrimp cocktail.”

Second Blind-Judging Award For Gorji Gourmet Puttanesca Sauce

At ZestFest, December 2014, Chef Gorji’s Arrabiata Diavolo, Puttanesca and Pomodoro sauces won gold, silver and bronze in the pasta sauce cook off category. The Arrabiata Diavolo also took second place in the 2015 best new product cook-off category, winning the coveted Golden Chile Award.

Gorji Gourmet Foods, located in Dallas, Texas can be purchased at area DFW Whole Foods, specialty gourmet stores and online at, and The line includes: Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Dipping Oil/ Marinade and Arrabiata Diavolo, Puttanesca and Pomodoro sauces.

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