Chef, food writer and restaurateur, Yotam Ottolenghi leads the search for the best of British food, drink and farming in the 16th BBC Food & Farming Awards.
He said, “This is my first year judging the BBC Food & Farming Awards and I can’t wait to see where the nominations take me. There’s so much happening throughout the UK and I think the really exciting ideas aren’t to be found at top end restaurants anymore, they’re in the trucks serving street food and in the food markets at the heart of many towns and cities.
“From cheesemakers to school cooks, brewers to bakers, we don’t give enough recognition and thanks to the people who produce our food and drink. These awards give us all a chance to not only say thanks, but also celebrate their work.”
The panel will be looking for winners in a range of categories:
- Best Food Producer
- Best Drinks Producer
- Best Food Market
- Best Local Food Retailer
- Cook of The Year (for public caterers including dinner ladies and men)
- Countryfile’s Farming Hero Award
- New for this year are the BBC Future Food award to find the best new idea in the UK food supply chain and The One Show will be leading the search for the Best Takeaway/Street food in the country.
Joining Yotam Ottolenghi, and the BBC, in a mission to find the cream of British food and farming are some of the most respected experts on food and drink in the UK – including Angela Hartnett, Diana Henry, Allegra McEvedy, Stefan Gates and Charlotte Smith.
Nominations are open from now until 24 January so get voting!