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Food Award winners announced at Plymouth’s Big Food Debate
The winners of the 2014 Plymouth Food Awards were announced yesterday (10 June) at the first ever Big Food Debate at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth , an event organised by Food is Fun and Food Plymouth, a city-wide partnership co-ordinated by the Soil Association.
The awards were created to celebrate some of the extraordinary efforts, skills and achievements of those who are bringing delicious healthy and sustainable food to people in Plymouth supporting the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter.
- Best Local Food Producer: Riverford Organic
Highly Commended: Well Hung Meat Company
Sponsor: Tamar View Fruiterers
Highly Commended: Honey, Tamar Valley Coop
Sponsor: Devon Contract Waste
- Community Food Award: Tamar Valley Food Hubs
Highly Commended: Fairport Coop
Sponsor: Plymouth Community Healthcare CIC
Highly Commended: Jolly Jacks
Sponsor: Chadds / Foodsmiths
Highly Commended: Yealmpstone Farm Primary
Sponsor: Food is Fun
Highly Commended: Dolphin House Brazzerie, Sutton Harbour
Nigel Chadd, owner of Foodsmiths, sponsors of Best Restaurant Award, said, ‘Plymouth has a diverse array of Restaurants and Café within the City of Plymouth and Foodsmiths are proud to supply local speciality ingredients to a large proportion. Pressure is being placed on the independents with national chains coming into the city but the Food Awards focus on the local achievements and skills which bring quality and healthy foods into the city. Congratulations to all the businesses and organisations that were nominated and who received awards for their great work.’
Event sponsor, Steve Whiteway of Devon Contract Waste said: “The Plymouth Food Awards are a great way to recognise and reward best practice for people who are working so hard to bring good food into Plymouth, which is why we are so pleased to support them.”
Plymouth Food Awards 2014 – Vote Closed
Who you think is doing the most to support the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter? The Charter supports a thriving local food economy to help create a healthy and sustainable city.
Winners were chosen from each of these categories;
Local Producer, Local Food Product, Sustainable Restaurant or Eatery, Sustainable Food School and Community Food Award.
The National Marine Aquarium Reconnect Award is for restaurants that deliver excellent information to customers on food provenance particularly with regard to the sourcing of seafood.
These Awards have been created to celebrate some of the extraordinary efforts, skills and achievements of those who are bringing delicious, healthy and sustainable food to people in Plymouth.
FOOD AWARDS NOMINEES 2014
LOCAL FOOD PRODUCT
- Column Bakehouse Bread
- Cornish Apple Juice – Kerens Aval
- Fred’s Kitchen Chutney
- Janner Jam
- Patrieda Produce Sausages
- Tideford Organic Soups & Sauces
- Tamar Valley Honey Coop
LOCAL FOOD PRODUCER
- Column Bakehouse
- Moostone Meats
- Riverford Organic
- Tamar Grow Local CIC
- Well Hung Meat Company
SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT, EATERIE
- Bread & Roses
- Dolphin Brasserie
- JD Grill
- Jolly Jacks
- Lemon Tree Bistro
- River Cottage
- Rock Salt
- Pavilion Park Cafe, Devonport
- Column Bakehouse Cafe, Devonport Guildhall
- The Bakery, Royal William Yard
COMMUNITY FOOD AWARD
- Oasis Café
- CROPS Keyham Green Places Centre
- Devon & Cornwall Food Association, DCFA
- Young Enterprise Team (YET), Oreston Community Academy
- Tamar Grow Local CIC / Tamar Valley Food Hubs
SUSTAINABLE FOOD SCHOOL
- Oakwood and Beechwood primary schools, Southernway Federation, Southway
- Marlborough School, Devonport
- Old Priory Junior Academy, Plymton
- Oreston Community Academy
- Salisbury Rd Primary, St Judes
- Yealmpstone Farm Primary School, Plympton
- Dolphin House Brasserie
- Kingfisher Fish and Chips
- Harbourside Fish and Chips
- River Cottage
VOTING ONLINE NOW
VOTING CLOSED ON 26TH MAY 2014
Thank you very much to Plymouth Food Award supporters; Devon Contract Waste, Foodsmiths, Food is Fun, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth Community Health Care and Tamar View Fruiterers.
Rules of Entry
- The Plymouth Food Awards are for individuals, organisations and businesses based within the Plymouth City Council area; as well as the food producers from Devon and Cornwall who supply produce into Plymouth.
- One nomination per person for each category, voters can live anywhere.
- Nominations and voting will made by the general public.
- Final public votes will be added to a judges score on how they meet the 10 aims of the Plymouth Food Charter.
- Final judging will by the Food Plymouth Partnership Steering Group; comprising representatives of public, private and third sector organizations from across Plymouth.
- Food Plymouth reserve the right to withhold an award in any category if, in the judge’s opinion, no entry meets the necessary standard.
- The judge’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- Deadline for nominations is 30 April 2014
- Public voting will be open from 1 – 26th May 2014
- Awards will be presented at Plymouth Big Food Event on 10th June 2014.
Would your organization, business, school like to sign up to the Plymouth Food Charter? The Charter aims to improve health and well-being for all to create a more connected, resilient and sustainable city. Signatories to the Charter – which include public, private and community partners – are committed to raising public and institutional awareness of the pleasure and importance of good food and to create a vibrant and diverse food culture.
Plymouth Food Awards 2013 –winners
The Plymouth Food Award winners were announced and presented at the Food Plymouth Conference, by local restaurateur and chef Mitch Tonks, at the National Marine Aquarium.
Mitch Tonks said, “It is wonderful to be able to present these awards in Britain’s Ocean City, awards that celebrate all that is important about local food; about increasing our understanding and enjoyment of what is fresh, local, sustainable and good for all of us.”
The winners were all nominated and voted solely on votes from the public; supported by a final assessment by the Food Plymouth judges on how they met the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter which promotes access to healthy and sustainable food within the city.
Now in their third year the Awards have been created to celebrate some of the extraordinary efforts, skills and achievements of those who are bringing delicious healthy and sustainable food to people in Plymouth supporting the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter
Nigel Chadd from Foodsmiths, sponsor of Best Restaurant Award, which was won by Rock Salt Café said, ‘Plymouth has a diverse array of Restaurants and Café within the City of Plymouth and Foodsmiths are proud to supply local speciality ingredients to a large proportion. Pressure is being placed on the independents with national chains coming into the City but the Food Awards focus on the local achievements and skills which bring quality and healthy foods into the City. Congratulations to all the businesses and organisations that were nominated and who received Awards for their great work.’
Food Award winners are:
- Best Producer – Langage Farm – (sponsored by Tamar View Fruiters)
(Leigh Farm – Highly Commended)
- Best Restaurant – Rock Salt Café (sponsored by Food Smiths)
(Lemon Tree Bistro & Café and Bistro One – Highly Commended)
- Best School – Marlborough Primary School (Beachwood Primary, Brook Green Centre for Learning, Coombe Dean, Lipson Vale Primary – Highly Commended)
- Best Local Food Product – Burts Crisps (sponsored by Plymouth University)
(Freds Kitchen and Janners Jam – Highly Commended)
Community Food Award – Devon and Cornwall Food Association (DCFA) (sponsored by Plymouth Community Healthcare)
(Devonport Lifehouse Project and Diggin It – Highly Commended)
- Most Sustainable Food Enterprise – Devon and Cornwall Food Association (DCFA) (Tamar Grow Local – Highly Commended) (sponsored by Devon Contract Waste)Alison Shaw from DCFA, who won two of the Awards, said: “Picking up the award for both the Community Food Award and Most Sustainable Food Enterprise is a real honour, particularly since it was voted for by the people of Plymouth. It is great recognition for all of the hard work for everyone involved and our on-going commitment to supporting the local economy and communities in Plymouth, whilst also reducing waste and emissions from food going into landfill.’
Denise Rudgley of Plymouth Community Healthcare said: “The Community Award is a very special award as it recognises the enormous contribution made by residents and groups in achieving the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter, that of improving health and wellbeing for all and promoting connected, resilient and sustainable communities. Devon and Cornwall Food Association are truly committed to these aims and really deserve this award.”
Traci Lewis, Food Plymouth Coordinator said: “There was a fantastic public response to Awards this year and so all of the winners and runners up were voted for soley by members of the public. We are really pleased with the calibre of winners and highly commended in each category, as they all represent the excellent range and diversity of work going on across the city which supports the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter, helping to make a more healthy and sustainable City for all.’
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We would like to thank our sponsors for helping to make this initiative possible:
Tamar View Fruiterers www.tamarviewfruiterers.co.uk Independent family run business based in Saltash, supplying fruit and veg across the south west.
Plymouth University www.plymouth.ac.uk/ With a mission to be ‘ the enterprise university’, Plymouth is a dynamic and innovative place to work and study, transforming lives through education, world-class research and innovationon a global stage.
Food Smiths www.foodsmiths.bizFoodsmiths was acquired by Chadds in 2008, and ever since has been bringing together manufacturers of delicious products and ingredients with discerning customers who wish to stamp their own uniqueness on their menu. With deliveries 6 days a week, throughout Plymouth, South and North Devon, Foodsmiths is the catering firm for you.
Devon Contract Waste www.dcw.co.uk Devon Contract Waste operates 1 of only 3 zero to landfill centres in the United Kingdom and currently processes 300 tonnes a day of waste, that would have otherwise been destined for landfill, recovering up to 89% of general waste which is a first in Plymouth
Plymouth Community Healthcare CIC www.plymouthpct.nhs.uk Supporting people to be Safe, Well and at Home. Plymouth Provider Services provide a comprehensive portfolio of community services to the population of Plymouth and its surrounding area, with a mixture of generalist and specialist service delivery.
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