Sheila Dillon, presenter, BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme and host of the Food & Farming Awards
"We set up the Food and Farming Awards in 2000 to highlight the people who, through food, are changing Britain for the better: farmers, shopkeepers, cooks in schools, hospitals and other public places, food producers, campaigners, market organisers, street food vendors. People working away, mostly under the media radar, adding to the quality of all our lives but receiving hardly any public recognition.
Since we decided to 'honour those who have done most to promote the cause of good food' —as we said at the launch, the awards have changed a lot of lives and helped influence food policy, both country-wide and locally. And all that change has been your doing. You have been our eyes, ears and tastebuds in every part of the UK. Without your nominations, your interest in passing on what you know about the best in your area, the awards would be meaningless. These are your awards."