- The awards celebrate the country's finest home-grown ingredients and those who produce and cook with them
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Now in its sixth year, the Great British Food Awards have become a highly regarded event in the artisan food calendar and speciality retailers and producers alike are encouraged to enter before the closing date on June 28th.
Top chefs and food names including Michel Roux Jr, John Torode, Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti, Sheila Dillon and Nathan Outlaw have been enlisted as judges across 25 categories.
The Great British Food Awards were launched in 2014 to celebrate the country’s finest home-grown ingredients, as well as the hard-working and inspirational folk who produce and cook with them. This year the event is set to be bigger and better than ever, with a diverse selection of new categories including Best New Product and Best British Speciality, rewarding classic food and drink made in a traditional way.
Natasha Lovell-Smith, editor of Great British Food magazine – who organises the awards – said, “There’s never been a more exciting time for British food and drink. Every year I’m wowed and inspired by the fantastic quality of produce entered into the awards – last year our winners ranged from an exquisite Scottish rum to a wild food delivery scheme. I can’t wait to see what our judges uncover this time!”
Nathan Outlaw, chef and judge of the Fresh Meat Category, said: “Imagine being delivered a selection of the very best examples of a particular food and being asked to try all of it. Well, that’s what happens when you agree to judge the Great British Food Awards! I’m honoured to have been asked to do this for several years now and can honestly say I look forward to it every time.”
Other categories range from fresh meat and fish to bakes, preserves and English wines. The overall winner – British Product of the Year – will be judged by the team at Chelsea food hall Partridges.
Image: Nathan Outlaw