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Welcome to the BBC Food And Farming Awards

The history of the awards, how you can send in your nomination and how the winners are decided.

Welcome to the BBC Food And Farming Awards

The BBC Food & Farming Awards were launched in 2000, to mark the 20th anniversary of Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

The mission statement then (which remains true to this day) was “to honour those who have done most to promote the cause of good food”.

The first judging team included Derek Cooper, the founding presenter of the Food Programme. Subsequent judges have come from a cross-section of the food world - chefs, academics, retail analysts, writers and campaigners.

The Awards Categories

Originally comprising seven categories, the number has increased to ten to reflect changes in British food culture, new ideas, businesses and trends (for example Best Drinks Producer was added in 2010 to reflect the renaissance in British brewing, cider making and distilling.)

The 2014 Food and Farming Awards Categories

Nominations are now closed

Nominations for 2014 opened on the 5th January and closed at midnight on the 27th January. During this time, the public were encouraged to send in their nominations for each of the categories by completing and submitting online forms on this website.

**Please note, even if nomination forms are still accessible after midnight on the 27th January, your vote will not be counted.** 

Nominations cover both local food heroes and national favourites.  Businesses are allowed to nominate themselves. Once all the nominations are in, everything is decided by the panel of expert judges.

The Judging Process

Once the judges receive the nominations (thousands come in from every region in the UK) they select a short list of three finalists in each category which has to be signed off by the entire judging panel.

Then the fun begins! Working in pairs the judges travel to meet their chosen finalists (over the years this has involved visits ranging from the Isles of Scilly to the Isle of Islay).

A few weeks later, after all the visits have been completed, the team gathers at the final judges’ meeting; stories are exchanged in detail, businesses explained and flavours described. The panel, working as a team, decide on the eventual winners.

See a gallery of this year's judges

Previous Winners

Previous winners include cheesemongers, cheesemakers, food writers, dinner ladies, chip shops, broadcasters and campaigners, fish smokers, farmers markets, dairy farmers, butchers, bakers, community food shops and hospital caterers.

Full details of the winners are available on each year's webpage

The winners are revealed at the Food & Farming Awards ceremony. The inaugural event was held in St James's Palace (with the support of HRH, The Prince of Wales) with Stephen Fry acting as host. In subsequent years the Awards have been held in Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery and in the NEC, Birmingham, (in partnership with the BBC Good Food Show). In 2014 the City of Bristol will play host to the BBC Food & Farming Awards. 

Listen to highlights from previous years

More from the Food and Farming Awards

The Judges The Judges

Who decides which of the nominations reaches the shortlist and who eventually wins?

The Awards Categories The Awards Categories

Details of the ten categories for the 2014 Food and Farming Awards.

Terms and Conditions Terms and Conditions

Full details of terms and conditions of the Food and Farming Awards

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