Part two of the Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2013 finalists
PUBLISHED: 15:18 28 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:19 06 September 2013
The nominations poured in, the judges spent weeks deliberating and now we can reveal the finalists in the EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2013.
From the chef of the year to the county’s outstanding achiever, Norfolk’s food and drink hero to outstanding customer service and the plough to plate champion to the pride of Norfolk, today we reveal the best of the best. STACIA BRIGGS reports.
Norfolk’s reputation as the star ingredient in Britain’s storecupboard has ensured a huge number of entries to this year’s prestigious EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards.
In around a fortnight, the winners of each of the 12 categories in this year’s awards will finally be unveiled at a night of celebration to be held at the Norfolk Showground Arena.
Every nomination proved to us just how important the food, drink and hospitality industry is in our county. Sifting the entries to find just four finalists in each category was difficult, but the decisions have now been made and we can announce the shortlist.
All the finalists play their part in ensuring that Norfolk is the envy of Britain when it comes to spectacular produce, artisan enterprises, fabulous dining experiences and top-drawer service.
At the Norfolk Showground, guests will enjoy a locally-produced, seasonal three-course dinner prepared by Julie Abbs Catering, based at East Lexham near King’s Lynn which will include a palate competition to test the taste buds of the cream of the county’s culinary experts.
The showground’s arena will also be packed with stallholders showcasing the best of Norfolk’s produce, including Yare Valley Oils, the English Whisky Company, Norfolk Finest Foods, Norfolk Cordial, Jubberwacky and Apitherapy, Fielding Cottage, Candi’s Chutney and Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies.
Chef of the Year: sponsored by City College Norwich:
One of the most hotly-contended awards, this category was open to chefs working within Norfolk with competitors coming from all areas of the hospitality industry. Nominations were received for chefs working in hotels, restaurants, contract catering, fine dining, pubs and from both the private and public sector. The shortlisted chefs were invited to produce a creative menu showcasing local, seasonal produce which could be served to up to 100 guests to celebrate City College’s 100 years providing catering tuition. At a cook-off held in the Hotel School kitchens, eight chefs battled it out to be crowned Chef of the Year with their starters, main courses and desserts. The winning chef’s menu will be adapted for the Gala Centenary Dinner on September 27 at Debut Restaurant.
Chris Busby, Brasted’s.
Rob Tragarz, The Lavender House.
Mark Dixon, The Imperial Hotel, Great Yarmouth.
Eric Snaith, Titchwell Manor.
Norfolk’s Food and Drink Hero: sponsored by BBC Radio Norfolk:
The judges looked for a person involved with food or drink in the county who really stands out as a great ambassador for Norfolk’s food industry. The winning hero – or heroine – is someone who is truly working to promote the best of the county’s food and drink, whether it be making their mark with top quality produce or championing Norfolk ingredients and the county;s fine traditions of excellence in food and drink. The winner will be committed to working hard to promote the best of the county’s food and drink.
Sarah Pettegree, Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies.
Philip Cutter, landlord, The Murderers’, Norwich.
Delaval Astley, Back to the Garden.
Outstanding Achievement Award: sponsored by Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers.
This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the local food industry. They could be someone who grows, produces, cooks, serves or sells food, or someone who teaches others how to cook or work in the county’s food and drink industry. The judges looked for a winner who is an expert in their field, has a proven track record, inspires colleagues, is an example to young people entering the industry and sets the standards that others aim to emulate.
FINALISTS: to be announced on September 9 at the awards’ ceremony.
Outstanding Customer Service: sponsored by Norse:
This new and important category aims to highlight the individuals and businesses that are at the forefront of our food, drink and hospitality industry, whose attention to details, commitment to doing their very best and desire to give their customers a first-class services every time has gained them a great reputation for care, consideration and fabulous products. These are the people whose attitude shapes our county’s good name in hospitality.
The Assembly House, Norwich.
Roger Hickman’s, Norwich.
Café Blah Blahh, Hunstanton.
Brasted’s, Framingham Pigot.
Plough to Plate Champion: sponsored by Easton and Otley College:
Judges were looking for individuals or businesses with the ability and vision to produce and market quality food products in our region. The growers and producers who are passionate about what they do and who have the talent and skill to grow, develop and market an outstanding and commercially scalable food product. Entrants also needed to display their environmental credentials and demonstrate their contribution to the local community.
Larchwood Foods, Fincham.
Norton’s Dairy, Frettenham.
Candi’s Chutney, Dereham.
Fielding Cottage, Honingham.
The Pride of Norfolk Award: sponsored by Bernard Matthews Farms:
This prestigious award aims to highlight the product or brand which is best demonstrating the excellence of Norfolk food and drink production to the UK or even further afield. Judges considered those which are brand leaders nationally, whether in terms of produce, product or full brand range and which instil a real sense of pride in the county.
Norfolk Cordial, Wood Dalling.
Mrs Temple’s Cheese, Wighton.
The event will be hosted by Angi Kennedy, editor of EDP Norfolk, and BBC presenter David Whiteley.
The EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2013 form part of the EDP Norfolk Adnams Food and Drink Festival which runs from August 31 to October 6. For more details, visit www.norfolkfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk and www.edp24.co.uk/what-s-on/norfolk-food-and-drink-festival where you will find recipes, quizzes, interviews and more.
There will be full coverage of the EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2013 in the EDP on September 10 and in EDP Norfolk magazine.