Best In Britain Title For Helmsley Ice Cream Maker

A North Yorkshire ice cream maker has been voted the best in Britain.

David Otterburn who runs *Ryeburn of Helmsley* has been awarded the prestigious Champion of Champions accolade by the Ice Cream Alliance – the trade body for the UK’s £1billion ice cream industry.

David’s Nutella flavoured ice cream was declared the best of the best at the National Ice Cream Competition final in London.

Zelica Carr, Chief Executive Officer of The Ice Cream Alliance, said David’s ice cream was outstanding and he thoroughly deserved his Champion of Champions award.

David, whose family switched from dairy farming to ice cream making 25 years ago said: _”This is a wonderful result for us. We have been trying to get to this stage for 25 years and now it has actually happened I really can’t believe it._

_”It is the ultimate accolade and I’m sure it will help to raise the profile of not just our business but of the area too. We already have people travelling far and wide just to sample our award winning ice creams.”_

David, added: _”As former dairy farmers, we really know our ingredients and will always make that extra effort to get the best flavour.”_

His ice creams, which are made in a small unit just behind his ice cream parlour at Church Farm, Cleveland Way, Helmsley, have also won awards for the best in show and best Yorkshire dairy product at the Yorkshire Show as well as the first Prince of Wales Award for outstanding contribution to dairy products.

Zelica Carr added: _”Every year David works harder than ever to perfect his entries and this success shows that his ice creams are exceptional._

_”He was up against extremely strong competition but the judges decided that his ice cream was truly outstanding.”_