AUTHOR: TOM TANNER

There’s nothing we like more at the SRA than collaborating with great partners to identify and celebrate the best in the business.

So we’re chuffed to bits to be working with the British Street Food Awards on a new category, as they celebrate their tenth birthday, the Most Sustainable Trader, supported by Hellmann’s. As well as our very own industry leading Food Made Good Awards which cover the huge diversity of foodservice, this latest tie-up demonstrates our ongoing commitment to engage with and celebrate the most progressive operators from across the great gamut of foodservice operators.

It’s always a joy to read about the monumental efforts of chefs to ensure their customers’ souls aren’t as empty as their pockets after dining in one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants – for whom we’ve been judging the Sustainable Restaurant Award since 2014. This year we’re really excited about a new partnership with S.Pelligrino on its new Social Responsibility category for its Young Chef awards. The National Restaurant Awards and Publican Awards are further examples of the diversity of subsectors we’re assessing and celebrating.

The knowledge that hundreds of street food traders go on to open bricks and mortar restaurants makes us extra excited about this latest collaboration. If an operator can put a framework of good habits in place now, then as they progress to the next, permanent level, operating sustainably will be like falling off a log (sourced sustainably of course).

Whether that’s being smart about reducing food waste, taking every measure possible to limit single-use plastic or creating a menu with a low carbon footprint, customers and staff can buy into that now and the business can then grow safe in the knowledge that it won’t be leaving a massive footprint. This mirrors the work we’re doing with Kerb, helping its Seven Dials site be the most sustainable street food destination in London.

The British Street Food Awards should also be commended for working with sponsor Hellmann’s and Eighth Plate to reduce food waste and single-use plastic a the event itself.

We’re looking forward to receiving entries from the most progressive traders from across the UK, those demonstrating an all-round approach to serving up food that does good as well as tasting damn delicious and who’ve done something truly exceptional in the last 12 months to contribute towards that goal. And roll on September when we can announce the Most Sustainable Trader.