BBC Food & Farming Awards 2011 Finalists announced
We are delighted to announce that we have made the Final 3 in the Best Drinks Producer category of Radio 4's prestigious Food & Farming Awards. Final judging happens very soon and we can't wait to see how we have got on against Bruichladdich Distillery & Chapel Down Vineyard. Managing Director Simon Bartlett said "Wow, we are blown away to have made the finals at this years Food & Farming Awards. It is fantastic that people have nominated us for such an award, and great justification in what we are trying to achieve at the Beer Factory."
These are just a few of the talented finalists in this year's BBC Food & Farming Awards. A cook who travels to remote villages with a wood burning pizza oven in a truck, a man who has helped changed the way Britain thinks about bread, a cook who serves food to young offenders in a Scottish institution and a supermarket that grows some of its fruit and veg on its high street roof.
The twenty seven finalists also include a gin distiller on the Hebridean island of Islay, a Kentish sparkling wine producer, one of Britain’s oldest food markets and a marketing executive who switched careers six years ago to become a low carbon farmer. Each year The BBC Food & Farming Awards celebrate the people and organisations behind the best of British food.
The awards – nominated by BBC audiences – set out to find the best if British including Best Food Market, Best Drinks Producer, Best Food Producer, Best Local Food Retailer, Best Retail Initiative, Best Public Caterer, Best Takeaway and the BBC Farmer of The Year. Winners will be announced at the Food and Farming Awards’ ceremony held on November 23rd at the NEC, Birmingham. They will include the 2011 BBC Food Champion, awarded in previous years to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver and baker Richard Bertinet.
Chef and restaurateur Richard Corrigan chairs this year’s panel of judges which includes farmer and Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, school dinners champion Jeanette Orrey, chef Jeremy Lee and food writer Charles Campion. Chair of judges Richard Corrigan said: "The finalists on this list are cooks, farmers and food producers who all, in their own way, reflect where Britain is today, and what it can be in the future. “We have young entrepreneurs using food to create exciting new businesses, farmers with radical ideas of how our food can be produced in a more sustainable way, we have school cooks who believe the meals they serve each day are helping to change the lives of young people and drinks producers working hard to save some of our greatest craft skills and artisinal traditions.
"I grew up in a farming family and always understood the power of being connected with the land, with livestock and with people who were proud to play a role in feeding their community. Few of us are lucky to have that connection today and for that reason these awards are invaluable for one simple reason; they help reconnect people with the story of the best of British food, where it comes from, how‘s it‘s made and who makes it.
We boast some of the world’s best farmers, food producers and food entrepreneurs and so I hope when people hear more about the stories on this shortlist they’ll und erstand why it gives me some optimism for our future”.
The awards will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 23rd November at the BBC Good Food Show, NEC, Birmingham, and will be hosted by Sheila Dillon, presenter of The Food Programme. She will be joined by some of the biggest names in the food world including Rick Stein, James Martin and Angela Hartnett.
The finalists for this year's awards are as follows:
BEST FOOD MARKET
- Bolton Market, Ashburner Street, Bolton
- East Oxford Farmers’ & Community Market, Cowley, Oxford
- Maltby Street, near Tower Bridge, London
BEST DRINKS PRODUCER
- The Bristol Beer Factory, Bristol
- Bruichladdich Distillery, Isle of Islay, Scotland
- The Chapel Down Winery, Tenterden, Kent
BEST FOOD PRODUCER
- Golspie Mill, Sutherland, Scotland.
- Loch Arthur Creamery, Camphill Community, Dumfries, Scotland
- Alder Tree Fruit Ices, Alder Carr farm, Needham, Suffolk.
- Jack and Linda Mills, The Brighton Smokehouse, under-the-arches, Brighton
- The Sea Tree, “alternative fish bar”, Cambridge
- Rico’s Pizza Shack, mobile wood burning oven, Oxfordshire
BEST LOCAL FOOD RETAILER
- The Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop, Chepstow
- Hawkshead Relish Company, Hawkshead, Cumbria
- Pink Pig Farmshop, Holme, Scunthorpe, Lancashire
BEST PUBLIC CATERER
- Carol McMath, Kibble Education Centre, Paisley
- Libby Lewis, Farley Hill School, Eat Smart Café, Berkshire
- Wayne Wright, Harper Adams College, Shropshire.
BEST RETAIL INITIATIVE
- The True Food Community Co-operative Limited, Berkshire
- The Ice Organisation, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
- Thorntons Budgens Stores, Crouch End, north London
BBC FARMER OF THE YEAR
- Andrew Hughes - Trinley Estate, Andover, Hampshire
- Paul Sousek - Cottage Farm, Jacobstow, Cornwall
- Adrian Dolby - Barrington Estate, Burford, Oxfordshire
DEREK COOPER AWARD
- Andrew Whitley, baker and “real bread” campaigner
- FareShare, food charity, fighting hunger & tackling food waste
- The Food for Life Partnership, Bristol
BBC FOOD CHAMPION 2011 (to announced at the awards’ ceremony).