Food and Farming Awards 2011 Categories & Nominations

Nominations are now closed. A shortlist decided by the judges will be published mid-September and the winners will be announced in November and featured on BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme and Farming Today, as well as on BBC Local Radio.

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The Categories & Nominations

  • pumpkin

    BEST FOOD MARKET

    Where is Britain's best food market? It can be a regular street, WI or farmers' market, but what we're looking for is the market that best serves its local community providing fresh, high quality and affordable food, particularly in areas neglected by other retailers.

    Winner in 2010: Stroud Farmers Market

  • fish and chips

    BEST TAKEAWAY

    Whether it's good old fish and chips, Middle Eastern falafel or an inspirational curry we want to celebrate the people taking takeaways and street food to a whole new level. And it's more than just great taste, we want to hear about excellent, freshly made meals that use carefully sourced ingredients and provide value for money.

    Winner in 2010: Mr Dutchy's Caribbean Takeaway, Northampton

  • jars of jam

    BEST FOOD PRODUCER

    Open to anyone who produces food - whether it's cheese, meat or pies, salads, cakes or chocolate. We're looking for companies or individuals using quality ingredients and a lot of expertise to create an excellent, fairly priced, finished product.

    Winner in 2010: Baker, Alex Gooch, Hay-on-wye

  • tray of trinks

    BEST DRINKS PRODUCER

    Do you know of an inspirational brewer, wine maker, distiller or juice-maker, using carefully sourced ingredients and skill to produce an outstanding drink? We want to hear about the people bringing new ideas to the world of drinks, as well as those keeping traditions alive.

    Winner in 2010: Wye Valley Brewery

  • grocer

    BEST LOCAL FOOD RETAILER

    This award celebrates all those local shops that make our lives more delicious, from butchers and farm shops to bakers and delis. Tell us about the retailer near you not only selling delicious fresh produce but also making a difference to the community - and to the producers who supply it.

    Winner in 2010: Darts Farm Shop, Devon

  • cow with calf

    BBC FARMING TODAY, FARMER OF THE YEAR AWARD

    The award for someone who has risen to the challenges of sustainable farming in the 21st century and who has been a source of encouragement and inspiration to others interested in food production and the countryside.

    Winner in 2010: Jonathan Birchall, Farm Manager for Pilkington Farms, Hitchin

  • school dinner

    BEST "DINNER LADY"/ PUBLIC CATERER

    We're looking for cooks who make mealtimes in our hospitals, care homes, schools or workplaces a delight. We're looking for tasty and healthy food prepared on the premises with fresh, carefully sourced ingredients, particularly in our less celebrated institutions.

    Winner in 2010: Bob Davies, Easingwold Secondary School, York

  • tinned food in a supermarket

    BEST RETAIL INITIATIVE

    We're interested in an innovation that's improving the way good quality food is sourced and sold. It could be an initiative by a national supermarket, a wholesaler, a website, or a chain of food shops - any imaginative idea transforming your access to great produce with an original idea.

    Winner in 2010: Sainsbury's Carbon Footprint Initiative

  • Derek Cooper

    DEREK COOPER AWARD

    Named after The Food Programme's first presenter, for the individual or organisation doing most to bring about real change in our relationship with food. From grassroots community projects to academic research and campaigns, this award aims to recognise the unsung heroes whose work has increased our access to, and knowledge and appreciation of, good food.

    Winner in 2010: Richard Lutwyche, for work on traditional breeds

  • Richard Bertinet - 2010's BBC Food Champion of the Year

    BBC FOOD CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

    Who has inspired you to think differently about food? It could be a writer, broadcaster, blogger or television chef; any commentator who in the past twelve months has used their work to give us fresh insights into the food we eat. So tell us about the person you believe has helped bring about a wider passion for good food, demystified great cooking and helped explain the world of food in general.

    Winner in 2010: Richard Bertinet, Bath, for campaigning work on bread

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