The Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards celebrated the successes and achievements of hundreds of Northamptonshire based food and drink businesses and individuals excelling in culinary excellence at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton last night.
350 people attended the spectacular occasion where 64 finalists in 13 awards categories were championed, with most of the category results being revealed on the evening.
Awards Director, Rachel Mallows MBE DL said
“The Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards is unique in the fact that not only do we celebrate achievement at the awards evening, we provide long-lasting support with individual mentoring, business support and training, marketing and promotion as well as entrance into the Great Taste Awards for our Gold product and drink winners – in our 13thyear, we received hundreds of applications in 13 categories, from a diverse range of ambitious and driven individuals who make up the fabric of Northamptonshire’s food and drink sector.”
The awards are generously supported and sponsored by major food and drinks businesses based in the county including headline sponsor Weetabix.
“What an incredible evening celebrating such inspirational and forward-thinking people and businesses who make up the Northamptonshire Food and Drink scene. As a business based within the county, we are immensely proud to support the awards process with year-long backing to ensure that those who are declared finalist or winners in each category, receive the recognition they deserve as well as mentoring and guidance.”
“The Booker Young Chef of the Year competition showcases the very best talent that Northamptonshire’s young people working in the hospitality and catering industry has to offer. At Booker, we are committed to helping Chefs across the county by improving choice, price and service for them and we are delighted to support the 2021/2022 Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards. Congratulations to all the finalists and especially Ellie Galloway as the overall award winner in the Booker Young Chef of the year category and The Falcon at Castle Ashby and The Pig and Waffle at Grafton Underwood as the Gold winners in the Booker Dining Venue of the Year category.”
“I’m bowled over by the skill, talent and teamwork showcased tonight by finalists and award winners.’ ‘It’s my first visit to Northampton and I’ll certainly be returning more often to sample the quality produce the county has to offer.’ ‘It’s incredible to see so many young people being encouraged to learn chef skills and forge a career in the food and drinks sector too.’
The winners in the 13 categories are as follows:
“It’s the first year I’ve taken part in the competition and I never expected to get this far.’ ‘I’m so grateful for the award which I know will provide me with amazing opportunities as I progress in my career.’
“Having moved back to the UK from India I was shocked at the amount of food waste produced in the UK.’ ‘We have created a shop in the village, rather than a village shop, where our customers value the quality produce we have on offer and can buy exactly what they need without the plastic or excess quantities.’ ‘This award is like a big warm hug; it is heartfelt and it really matters.’
“I’m blown away to have won the Gold Award in the Chef of the Year competition.’ ‘I was up against some serious talent from chefs across the county, it was a tough competition and I’ll be celebrating with my team for some considerable time.’ ‘The Award will take pride of place on the bar at the Falcon.’
“It’s amazing to be recognized for the skills I have learnt whilst at college.’ ‘I’m in my final year of a catering course and my passion is for cake decorating which I hope to develop in the future.’
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