Sheila Dillon

 

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The winners have now been announced in full: 2009 Winners and Finalists



We're all back from our travels: Midlothian, Monmouthshire, Cornwall, Durham, the Isle of Man, and a lot of points between. And we travelling judges have met and decided under the Gallic guidance of our chairman, Raymond Blanc.

So, hard decisions taken, arguments over, scrolls signed and food ordered for the awards reception from producers, farmers and retailers on the shortlist for the awards.

We can now officially announce that we'll have some special guests at the ceremony, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, who are taking part.

The Prince of Wales launched the Awards with a bang at St James's Palace in 2000. We're delighted and excited that he's agreed to support us again for the 10th anniversary, this time at Broadcasting House in London.

Our winners are a fascinating group – all making a difference to our lives and our economy. I hope you'll join us for the results, to be broadcast on Friday 27th November.

Sheila Dillon

 

About the Food and Farming Awards

We launched the BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards in St James's Palace in 2000 with hoopla and grandeur - HRH The Prince of Wales and Stephen Fry commanded proceedings. We knew it was time to celebrate, beyond the bounds of The Food Programme, the people who keep our food system in good heart; the people who work under the radar of the mass media: farming, producing, campaigning, cooking. The people who know food isn't just pleasure with nutrients but also health, a vibrant economy, a stronger social fabric.

Ten years ago that wasn't a fashionable view and we had to search hard to produce our first long-list of possible winners. By last year we could have filled a large hall with winners from the thousands of nominations sent in by the public.

We hope in this 10th anniversary year to do even better... to find another dinner lady like Jeannette Orrey, a winner in 2003, who then with Jamie Oliver, sparked a revolution. More campaigners like Caroline Cranbrook and Bob Kennard who'll change government policy as they did in their campaign to save small abattoirs. More markets like Bury in Lancashire helping keep towns alive in the era of out-of-town shopping.

If you know any food revolutionaries, any great shops, markets, or cooks, we want to hear from you.

Sheila Dillon

Nominations are now closed for the 2009 Food and Farming Awards. The finalists will be published on this website later this month.

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