Meet the judges and finalists for the 2014 Food and Drink Awards
PUBLISHED: 15:20 27 August 2014 | UPDATED: 15:47 27 August 2014
Angela Sharpe Photography 2013
You nominated them, our judges selected them and now we can introduce the finalists for this year’s EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards in association with the East of England Co-Op. The winners will be announced at the gala awards ceremony at the Norfolk Showground on September 15.
The Pride of Norfolk Award (Sponsored by Bernard Matthews)
• Bakers and Larners, Holt
• Crisp Malting Group, Great Ryburgh
• English Whisky Company, Roudham
• Richard Hughes, Brundall and Norwich
Best Independent Food and Drink Retailer (Sponsored by the Eastern Daily Press and EDP Norfolk magazine)
• Back to the Garden, Letheringsett
• Harper Wells, Eaton
• M and M Rutland butchers, Melton Constable
• Norfolk Deli, Hunstanton
Field to Fork (Sponsored by Easton and Otley College)
• Candi’s Chutney, Foulsham
• Elveden Estate, Elveden, near Thetford
• Scotts Field Pork, Brookville, near Methwold
• White House Farm Pick-Your-Own, Norwich
Beautiful Baking (Sponsored by Norse)
• Biddy’s Tearoom, Norwich
• Buns of Fun, Sheringham
• The Assembly House, Norwich
• The Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St Mary
Outstanding Front of House (Sponsored by Broadland Wineries)
• Assembly House, Norwich
• Brasted’s, Framingham Pigot
• The Ingham Swan, Ingham
• Titchwell Manor, Titchwell
Best Pub (Sponsored by Prosper Business Recruitment)
• The Anchor Inn, Morston
• The Berney Arms, Barton Bendish
• The King’s Arms, Fleggburgh
• The Swan, Loddon
Best School Food Project (Sponsored by Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association)
• Chris Coubrough and Arthur Howell, Wells
• Cromer Academy, Cromer
• Heygate Farms, Swaffham
• The Patch – Westfield School, Sheringham
Best Restaurant (Sponsored by Swank Interiors)
• Brasted’s, Framingham Pigot
• Relish Restaurant and Bar, Newton Flotman
• Stoke Mill, Stoke Holy Cross
• The Duck, Stanhoe
Chef of the Year (Sponsored by City College Norwich)
• Rob Tragarz, The Lavender House
• Jeremy Parke, Relish
• Danny Smith, The Ingham Swan
• Eric Snaith, Titchwell Manor
Outstanding Achievement Award (Sponsored by Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers)
• The winner in this category will be revealed at the awards ceremony on September 15.
It’s a tough job...who wouldn’t love the opportunity to search out the very best of this year’s food and drink for the EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2014, in association with the East of England Co-Op.
Meet our judges:
Tris is an outside caterer and self-taught chef with Julie Abbs Catering, the family-run business based at East Lexham, and strives for perfection in his food and events. Tris says his culinary upbringing sparked his passion for local, sustainable and seasonal food, keeping him on the lookout for fresh, new ideas, and he is often to be found scouring the Norfolk countryside for culinary delights and inspiration.
Tris judged the Best Restaurant category, with sponsor Swank Interiors.
David is one of the most knowledgeable voices in the county’s food industry. He has been a restaurant reviewer for EDP Norfolk magazine for many years, with his work winning the Glennfiddich Food Award. David was the chef proprietor of Adlard’s Restaurant in Norwich and was the first chef in East Anglia to be given a Michelin star. He now runs Adlard’s in the Country, a fine dining bed and breakfast at Somerton.
David judged the Best Pub category, with sponsor Prosper Recruitment.
Sally joined the judging panel last year, bringing with her some 30 years’ experience in teaching food and catering in Norfolk through schools, cookery clubs and courses for children. She has her own food training business, mentors trainee food teachers and continues to have a true passion and flair for inspiring young people to learn about food.
Sally judged the Best School Food Project, with sponsor, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association.
Sarah De Chair
Sarah has spent 37 years organising events culminating in 12 years as show manager at the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. She served on the steering committee of the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival for several years and after retiring in 2012 was made chairman of the board, a role she loves as she is passionate about Norfolk and all it produces.
Sarah judged the Plough to Plate Champion category, with sponsor Easton and Otley College.
Richard is chef proprietor of the Lavender House in Brundall, and the Richard Hughes Cookery School, the country’s top cookery school last year. He is also director at The Assembly House in Norwich. With 37 years of cooking in Norfolk, no-one can doubt the impact Richard has had on the county’s food scene, including through his patronage of the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival.
Richard judged the Outstanding Achievement Award, with sponsor Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers.
Mary’s love of Norfolk produce and the people behind it shines through all her work. Mary has a knack of finding the best ingredients in the county, knowing the perfect recipe to create with them, and sharing her enthusiasm through her monthly column in EDP Norfolk magazine, her cookery theatres across East Anglia, including the Royal Norfolk Show, and her cookery school in her farmhouse kitchen at East Harling. Mary was a very worthy winner last year of the Norfolk Food and Drink Hero category in the EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards.
Mary judged The Pride of Norfolk category, with sponsor Bernard Matthews.
Tim is a pastry chef and owner of Macarons & More, which he set up after reaching the finals of MasterChef 2010. Tim trained as a doctor, working as a consultant paediatrician in Norfolk. Following MasterChef he left his medical career behind and moved into a full-time career in food. His successful and award-winning business sells his famous macarons in Norwich’s Royal Arcade and online. Tim’s first book Perfecting Patisserie was published last year, and his second, Marshmallows, was published in June.
Tim judged the Beautiful Baking category, with sponsor, Norse.
Steve was a popular recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award at last year’s EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards, something he has supported for many years. As head of the hotel, hair and beauty school at City College Norwich, Steve – who had a previous career as an Army chef for 19 years and is an ex-serviceman – has set more than 10,000 students on their way in the food and hospitality industry over the past two decades.
Steve judged Chef of the Year, sponsored by City College Norwich, with the support of Eastern Daily Press feature writer Stacia Briggs and a panel of food tasters. He also judged the Outstanding Front of House category, with sponsor Broadland Wineries.
Kevin is local and fresh food product manager for the East of England Co-Op. He started his career with Dairy Crest and joined the Co-Op Dairy in 2003. His job entails sourcing locally grown and produced food for the East of England Co-Op stores in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, and he has on his books 140 suppliers with more than 2,400 products. Since the local sourcing initiative began in 2007 it has ploughed £25m back into the local economy.
Kevin judged the Best Independent Food and Drink Retailer, with Angi Kennedy, editor of the EDP Norfolk magazine which jointly sponsored this category with the Eastern Daily Press.
• Be part of the excitement and join us for the gala awards night on Monday, September 15. Tickets for this very special event, one of the highlights of the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival that is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, are £55 plus vat, available to book via email to firstname.lastname@example.org