Who are your food and drink heroes?
PUBLISHED: 06:45 02 June 2014
Have you made your choice yet? Time is running out to tell us who you think should win this year’s EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2014, in association with the East of England Co-Op.
Across the county, we’d love to hear from you with your nominations of great butchers, bakers, pubs, chefs, restaurants, food and drink shops, waiting staff, farm shops, producers and foodie champions . . . we really want to award the cream of the crop in all aspects of our brilliant Norfolk food and drink industry.
As ever, we are relying on you to share your first-hand knowledge of the people, places and products that are at the top of their game this year. Tell us your best kept food secret – do you know a wonderful chef, a superb Norfolk ingredient, drink or product, a front of hour team who deliver tip top customer service every time?
How to enter
All you have to do to enter your favourite in this year’s EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards, in association with the East of England Co-Op, is to visit the website www.norfolkfada.co.uk. Here you will be able to choose which categories you would like to enter – you can make nominations in one, some or all of the categories. We have also included the criteria (which appears on the pages following here too) so that you can be sure that your nominee has the right credentials to have a chance of being chosen.
You have until Friday, June 27 to get in your entries before nominations close. The judging process will begin shortly afterwards. And we’d love you to be part of the Twitter conversation about the awards, so hashtag any of your tweets #norfolkfada. Let’s hear it for the best of Norfolk!
Sponsored by Prosper Business Recruitment
Nominees are accepted for fantastic pubs across Norfolk which have created a distinct and high quality offering for their customers. Judges will be considering both traditional drinking pubs and those that have built a reputation for their restaurant and/or bar menu. Common to all finalists will be great standards of customer service and understanding of their market, technical expertise in sourcing and providing a good range and standard of drinks – both alcoholic and non-alocholic – plus a sense of character that makes a visit to these pubs enjoyable and memorable.
Sponsored by Swank Interiors
Nominees will be accepted for fantastic restaurants across Norfolk which have the ability to create an unforgettable dining experience, cook to a degree of excellence using fresh, local produce combined with an unsurpassed level of customer service, demonstrating and understanding the diners’ expectations. Judges looked at technical expertise, customer service and the variety of the menu for guests regardless of age – the whole experience that gives it that “certain something”.
Best Independent Food and Drink Retailer
Sponsored by EDP Norfolk magazine
This award recognises retailers who combine vision, a passion for high-quality products and freshness of local produce. Marks will be awarded for clear, well laid out shops which offer a wide variety of great products, and for staff who demonstrate memorable standards of customer care, product knowledge and service. Judges will be looking for innovation in products and presentation, as well as any added facilities the retailer has to offer.
Field to Fork
Sponsored by Easton and Otley College
Judges are looking for individuals or businesses with the ability and vision to produce and market quality food products in this region. These are growers and producers who are passionate about what they do and who have the talent and skill to grow, develop and market an outstanding and commercially scalable food product. They also need to show environmental credentials and demonstrate contribution to the local community.
Outstanding Front of House
Sponsored by Broadland Wineries
Judges in this category will be looking for the level of front of house provision that makes a truly enjoyable visit to the restaurant, hotel, café or pub. Understanding and anticipating customers’ needs, good knowledge of menus, dishes, provenance of ingredients and of drink matching will be expected and a personable approach that complements the establishment and really enhances the visit will be sought. This category seeks to recognise an often overlooked yet extremely important sector of the hospitality industry, and nominations will be accepted for teams or individuals.
Best School Food Project
Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association
This award showcases the best in food education, provision and innovation across the county’s schools. Nominations will be accepted for whole school or individual class projects encouraging interest and involvement in growing and using produce, and school-based food schemes that have involved the wider community. It will also consider nominations of outstanding teaching and support staff, partnerships, pupils and school volunteers who have demonstrated a commitment to developing an understanding of food production, preparation and cookery.
Sponsored by Norse
Beautiful Baking reflects our love of this most traditional and yet so of-the-moment skill. We shall be seeking nominations across the range of brilliant bakeries around Norfolk that serve their communities with the finest breads, cakes, pastries and pies. And reflecting the important place in our county’s eating out offering, we will be hoping to see nominations of fabulous cafes and tea shops, which have creative, top quality baking at their heart of their menus. This category is looking for bakers, patisserie chefs and cake-makers extraordinaire with a talent for creating delicious delights that underline the importance of great British baking today.
The Pride of Norfolk Award
Sponsored by Bernard Matthews
This award aims to highlight the product or brand which is best demonstrating the excellence of Norfolk food and drink production to the UK or even further afield. Judges will be considering those which are respected brand leaders nationally, whether in terms of produce, product or full brand range, and which instill a real sense of pride in the county.
Outstanding Achievement Award
Sponsored by Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers
This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the local food industry as long as they grow, produce, cooker, serve, sell or educate anything to do with food. The judges will be looking for someone who is an expert in their chosen field, has a proven track record, inspires colleagues, educates the young and sets standards others aim to emulate.
Chef of the Year
Sponsored by City College Norwich
This prestigious award is open to chefs who are working within Norfolk. Competitors may come from all areas of the hospitality business, including hotels, restaurants, pubs, contract catering, fine dining, private and public sectors.
The Chef of the Year
Rising to the challenge
Competitors are required to produce a creative menu for 50 guests that could be used for a given special occasion to be held in the county. The menu must reflect local produce and seasonal availability; chefs will be asked to provide a brief reasoning behind the selection of main ingredients and the supplier they use to purchase these. An allowance per cover of £8.50 food cost is set for the menu; please include costs of ingredients as part of your submission.
The menu must consist of starter, main course and dessert.
Competitors should also include a current menu from their place of work as part of the process as well as their CV. From this paper entry there will follow a live cooking competition to decide the Norfolk Chef of the Year, when chefs will produce four covers of the menu to present to judges and two diners as a taste panel. This will take place in the kitchens of the Hotel School at City College Norwich.