BBC Radio 4 hails heroes of food production and farming

BBC Radio 4 has launched its Food and Farming Awards to celebrate people and organisations who produce and sell quality food

A farmer harvests barley
A farmer harvests barley

BBC Radio 4 yesterday launched the categories for the Food and Farming Awards 2014 and opened nominations.

The awards celebrate the people and organisations in Britain who produce and sell quality food. This year’s judges include two restaurant chefs, a prison cook and a celebrated food blogger who are all leading a BBC mission to find the very best in British food and farming.

Raymond Blanc and Richard Corrigan are being joined by Al Crisci, founder of The Clink restaurant in Highdown prison, blogger Jack Monroe, cook and writer Valentine Warner and critic and broadcaster Charles Campion on the 2014 judging team.

Nominations are required in 10 different categories; Best Food Producer, Best Drinks Producer, Best Food Market, Best Local Food Retailer, Best Takeaway/Street food, Best Cook, Best Food Initiative, Outstanding Farmer of the Year, the Lifetime Achievement Award and Food Personality of the Year.

Each year the BBC calls on its audiences to nominate someone in their part of the UK for an award.

Chef and broadcaster Richard Corrigan, who is among the judges, said: “We’re always amazed by the stories that come in to us as judges, and we never know where in the UK the nominations will take us – from visits to cheese-makers and dinner ladies to farm shop owners and national retailers – but we care about each and every one, the stories are inspiring.”

Nominations for the awards, which close on Monday, January 27, are now open and can be entered via the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming website at www.bbc.co.uk/foodawards .

Both individuals and businesses can enter can enter all 10 categories.

Sheila Dillon, presenter of the Food Progamme and one of the founders of the awards in 2000, added: ‘‘They’re your awards which are set up to highlight the achievements of people, mostly working under the media radar, who add to the quality of all our lives.’’

The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in Bristol on May 1. This year’s judging panel consists of:

  • Raymond Blanc, chef, restaurateur and broadcaster.
  • Valentine Warne, chef, food writer and broadcaster.
  • Richard Corrigan, chef and broadcaster.
  • Adam Henson, farmer and television presenter.
  • Tim Hayward, food writer, Financial Times.
  • Jack Monroe, food writer and blogger.
  • Adam Leyland, editor, Grocer Magazine.
  • Peter Gott, farmer and market trader.
  • Kath Dalmeny. policy director, Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming.
  • Al Crisci, prison catering manager, founder of The Clink.
  • Professor Gabriel Scally, public health expert.
  • Mike Gooding, farmer and agricultural policy expert.
  • Charles Campion, food writer.
  • Pete Brown, drinks writer.
  • Victoria Moore, drinks writer.
  • Fiona Beckett, food and drinks writer.
  • Sheila Dillon, food journalistand presenter of Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

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