With news of the National Lottery jackpot rolling over to a massive £50m+ this weekend, never has the oft-used expression ‘in it to win it’ been more apt.
With frequent reminders from your Account Managers over the last few months, we know that the vast majority of you will by now have submitted your 2015 Food Made Good rating, making you eligible for our 2016 awards, which will for the first time this year be known as the Food Made Good Awards.
And, if you haven’t for any reason managed to complete your rating in time, panic not, as there are still some opportunities for you to be a winner.
First up, let’s share with you the all-important news of the date and venue for this year’s event. We are very excited to announce that the awards will be presented by our President Raymond Blanc OBE at the Royal Horticultural Society’s splendid Lindley Hall, in Westminster, on Tuesday 22 March.
As in previous years, all Members will receive an invitation for one representative of their business to attend the gala lunch. We will be in touch again shortly with a ‘save the date’ email, followed by a more formal invitation.
In 2013, three alumni of Belmond Le Manor aux Quat’Saisons treated guests to an incredible Michelin-starred lunch at OXO Tower. In 2014, chefs from three of our Member restaurants north of the border brought a delicious taste of Scotland to Roast at Borough Market. And last year, our 250 guests at Oval Space enjoyed the fabulous flavours of the New Forest when James Golding and his team from The PIG prepared the awards lunch.
We will bring you details of the chef who’ll be cooking for you at this year’s event very shortly.
To the awards themselves and below is the full list of categories:
Food Made Good Independent of the Year
Food Made Good Small Group of the Year
Food Made Good Large Group of the Year
Food Made Good Award for Environment
Food Made Good Award for Society
Food Made Good Award for Sourcing
Sustainable Innovation Award
English Food Made Good Champion 2016
Scottish Food Made Good Champion 2016
Welsh Food Made Good Champion 2016
Irish Food Made Good Champion 2016
Food Made Good Caterer of the Year
Best Food Waste Strategy
Most Improved Sustainability
International Food Made Good Champion 2016
The People’s Favourite
The Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero Award
Food Made Good University/College of the Year
Food Made Good Supplier of the Year
You’ll notice a couple of new categories – Food Made Good University/College of the Year and Food Made Good Supplier of the Year. These awards reflect the substantial growth in these two Membership areas and we look forward to highlighting the brilliant work of the leaders in these two fields.
As mentioned earlier, there are three open categories. We will be looking to you to submit entries for the first two, the Best Food Waste Strategy and Sustainable Innovation awards, from 25 January to 21 February. We will be in touch again about this shortly and the awards website will go live just before that first date.
After the huge success of The People’s Favourite award in 2015, we are delighted to be running this award for the second time in conjunction with the Independent on Sunday who are again the official media partners of the Food Made Good Awards. We received more than 800 nominations from the dining public last year and 10,000 people voted, with Star Bistro eventually being crowned the People’s Favourite. This will be launched in the Independent on Sunday on 24 January and the public will have two weeks to nominate their favourite sustainable restaurant. Our esteemed judging panel will then shortlist five restaurants for the public to vote on.
It could be you!