County’s finest celebrate success in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2013/14 After much anticipation and a great deal of excitement, the winners of the 13 categories in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2013/14 are finally celebrating being named the best of the county’s best! The competition, devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), is now in its fifth year and is again aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector. The results were announced at a glittering Awards Dinner (Thurs 17th October) sponsored by Electrolux Professional and staged at Royal & Derngate in Northampton. Those were (in presentation order): Independent Café / Tea Room of the Year Winner: The Apothocoffee Shop, Earls Barton Runner-up: The Courtyard Café, Daventry Community Pub of the Year – Town Winner: The Olde England, Northampton Runner-up: The Golden Horse, Northampton Community Pub of the Year – Rural Winner: The George and Dragon, Chacombe Runner-up: The Sun Inn, Hardingstone Booker Food Pub of the Year Winner: The Rose & Crown, Yardley Hastings Runner-up: The Hopping Hare, Northampton Restaurant of the Year Winner: Oundle Mill, Oundle Runner-up: The Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay Artisan Local Product of the Year Winner: Cold Eating Chicken and Ham Pie - Elliotts Kitchen, Towcester Runner-up: Sticky Toffee Pudding – Elliotts Kitchen, Towcester Artisan Local Drink of the Year Gold: 1833 India Pale Ale – Hart Family Brewers, Wellingborough Silver: Indian Summer IPA – Hoggleys Brewery, Litchborough Bronze: Nene Valley Bitter – Nene Valley Brewery, Oundle New Local Product of the Year Winner: Farrington’s MELLOW YELLOW Garlic Mayonnaise - Farrington Oils, Hargrave Runner-up: Blackberry Sorbet - Rossi’s Ice Cream, Kettering New Local Drink of the Year Gold: Harrington Dry Gin – Warner Edwards Distillery, Harrington Silver: Black Jetty – Vale of Welton Cider, Welton Bronze: Frank’s Steakhouse Ale - Nobby’s Brewery, Guilsborough Local Food Hero of the Year Winner: Duncan Farrington of Farrington Oils, Hargrave Runners-up: Beckworth Emporium, Mears Ashby and: Waterloo Cottage Farm, Great Oxendon Spice Chef of the Year Winner: Nadir Hussain of Sedgebrook Hall, Chapel Brampton Runner-up: Mohammed Abdul Hye of Saffron, Northampton Aspire Chef of the Year Winner: Lee Gaskins of The Terrace Restaurant at Highgate House, Creaton Runner-up: Gavin Austin of Oundle Mill, Oundle Young Chef of the Year Winner: Laura Gibbins of The World’s End, Ecton Runner-up: Sophie Fountain of The White Swan Inn, Holcot Among the winners was Laura Gibbins of The World’s End at Ecton who had to wait for the last announcement of the evening made by Stuart Hyslop of category sponsor, Booker, to learn that she had taken the ‘Young Chef of the Year’ title. “I can’t quite believe it!” revealed an almost speechless Laura after receiving her trophy. “It was really exciting just being part of the competition but to win is amazing and I’m sure it’s going to act as a massive springboard for my career so I’m just chuffed to bits!” she enthused. Meanwhile, the night brought double celebrations for Duncan Farrington of Farrington Oils at Hargrave after his MELLOW YELLOW garlic mayonnaise picked up the ‘New Local Product of the Year’ title, only for him to hear Robert Whittle of category sponsor, Pidy UK, announce that he had been named ‘Local Food Hero of the Year’. “It’s always reassuring to be recognised by the industry for what we believe is a great product so we’re delighted to have won that first award,” explained Duncan, “but winning the Local Food Hero trophy was equally special, particularly as it started with someone having nominated me. “But while it might seem like a personal award, it’s one that the whole team deserves and we shall certainly be putting both trophies proudly on display in the office for us all to share!” he added. Those trophies - beautifully handcrafted in etched glass and painted with sheaves of barley and created by Rachael Aldridge of Aldridge Glass in Walgrave - were presented by a selection of this year’s Award judges including TV chef, Sophie Grigson, and the co-founder of ‘Ready Steady Cook’, Steven Saunders from Silverstone Hospitality. It was Steven’s Executive Chef, Lee Scott, who prepared a wonderful three course menu for the 370 guests made up of entrants, judges, sponsors, media partners and supporters. They were treated to a starter of duck terrine from Pastures Farm Poultry at Yardley Hastings, an assiette of local beef provided by Booker and a dessert of trifle which used apples from New Creation Farm in Nether Heyford, eggs from Station Farm Eggs at Finedon and was served with blackberry sorbet from Rossi’s Ice Cream in Kettering which, earlier in the evening, had been named as runner-up in the ‘Artisan Local Product of the Year’ category. Guests were welcomed to the event by the competition’s Director, Rachel Mallows of The Mallows Company, and later in the evening, NEP Chairman Paul Southworth thanked them for their support. “As the organisation behind these awards we are delighted that this competition is playing such a valuable role in an increasingly successful sector for the county. “The food and drink sector is one which continues to include more than twice the national average of producer and numerous manufacturers delivering high end, award-winning specialist products which, combined with the hospitality sector is worth £1.5 billion to our local economy. Northamptonshire should quite rightly feel mightily proud of all those being celebrated here tonight,” he added. For more details about the Awards and to see photographs from the event, please visit www.northamptonshirefoodanddrink.co.uk Meanwhile to watch the videos of the four cook-offs, please clink on the respective links: Independent Café / Tea Room of the Year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avzoBrW-X1I&feature=youtu.be Spice Chef of the Year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN4EyI9hlFc&feature=youtu.be Aspire Chef of the Year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEvb97INORk&feature=youtu.be Young Chef of the Year http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UQHqyk4u3g&feature=youtu.be If you are an organisation, business or individual interested in taking part in, or supporting, next year’s Awards, please contact Rachel at The Mallows Company on 01933 664437. About the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2013/14 ‘Artisan Local Product of the Year’ – sponsored by Heygates Flour and Animal Feed with Image Magazine ‘Artisan Local Drink of the Year’ – sponsored by Newlands Farm with Image Magazine ‘New Local Product of the Year’ – sponsored by Whitworth Bros. Ltd with BBC Radio Northampton ‘New Local Drink of the Year’ – with BBC Radio Northampton ‘Restaurant of the Year’ – sponsored by Whitco with Business Times ‘Booker Food Pub of the Year’ – sponsored by Booker with Great Food Club ‘Independent Café / Tea Room of the Year’ – sponsored by Explore Communications Ltd ‘Aspire Chef of the Year’ – sponsored by Aspire Hospitality with Northants Herald & Post ‘Young Chef of the Year’ – sponsored by Booker with Northants Herald & Post ‘Spice Chef of the Year’ – sponsored by British Pepper & Spice in conjunction with Northampton College and with WOW Magazine ‘Community Pub of the Year - Town’ – sponsored by Collins Fresh Produce with the Chronicle & Echo and Northamptonshire Telegraph ‘Community Pub of the Year - Rural’ – sponsored by Collins Fresh Produce with the Chronicle & Echo and Northamptonshire Telegraph ‘Local Food Hero of the Year’ – sponsored by Pidy UK Ltd with Northamptonshire CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) and with Aspire Magazine About Carlsberg UK Carlsberg UK is one of the leading brewers in the UK and its main brewery is based on Bridge Street in Northampton. It has one of the best beer portfolios in the UK, with key brands including its flagship Carlsberg lager and top ale brand Tetley's, as well as its World Beers San Miguel, Tuborg and Staropramen. Carlsberg is the official beer of the England Football Team. About Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership Working in partnership with local organisations and aligning activity with world-leading Northamptonshire brands, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) is tasked with creating more and better quality private sector jobs and wealth for the benefit of the county’s communities, businesses and visitors. NEP leads on the development and strengthening of Northamptonshire’s proposition for new investment, future growth and prosperity as a direct response to the challenging economic conditions facing the county and the UK. It also raises the profile of the county’s excellent food and drink offering whilst enabling networking opportunities and incentivising even better quality. A report published at the end of 2012 revealed that the food and drink sector is currently worth £1.5 billion to the local economy. As a direct response to the challenging economic conditions facing the county and the UK NEP’s One-Stop Business Support Shop now offers FREE and fully comprehensive business support, funding and access to business networks. For further details, please visit www.northamptonshireep.co.uk About The Mallows Company Ltd The Company, formerly Rachel Mallows Services to Business, has been providing a complementary range of services to businesses, charities, organisations and individuals since 1988. Supporting growth through people, its key business areas are coaching, mentoring and training, charity administration, project management and careers guidance. www.rachelmallows.com Original post blogged on b2evolution.