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Food and Drink Awards 2017: Meet the Winners

PUBLISHED: 15:31 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:31 22 May 2017

The glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of Englnad Co-op

The glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of Englnad Co-op

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There were honours across 14 categories at the EADT Suffolk Food and Drink Awards 2017. Meet the winners here!

2017 EADT Suffolk Food & Drink Awards Sponsors2017 EADT Suffolk Food & Drink Awards Sponsors

The great and the good of the Suffolk food and drink industry gathered at the Atrium, Wherstead Park for the EADT Suffolk Food and Drink Awards 2017.

Hosted by headline sponsors the East of England Co-op, and catered by Patricia Sharman and Co, the event was compèred by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin and Suffolk magazine editor Jayne Lindill. It was the 10th year for the ceremony, which saw record nominations across 14 categories.

Speaking at the event, Jayne said: “I’ve written and said it so many times, but it’s always worth reminding ourselves just how important the food and drink industry is to us. Food sustains life and good food sustains good life. “We’ve come to understand that, when we care about where our food comes from and how it’s produced, cheap isn’t always the answer. It can without exaggeration, transform our life, our health, our environment, our general wellbeing, and even the way we do business.

The glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of England Co-op.
Minnie Moll, joint chief executive of the East of England Co-opThe glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of England Co-op. Minnie Moll, joint chief executive of the East of England Co-op

In Suffolk, food and drink is part of our agricultural heritage. It’s all around us. It’s what we do. What we’ve always done. And it’s thanks to generations of excellent farmers, fishermen, and producers that we have such fabulous local ingredients to create with and to enjoy today. “So when we celebrate our modern success, I think it’s important to acknowledge that rich heritage.”

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All the winners:

The glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of England Co-opThe glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of England Co-op

Best newcomer: Wooster’s

Sponsored by: The KBB Centre

The judges said: Wooster’s bakery have an amazing skill for baking. They have achieved a great deal from their small bakery in a very rural area and have won over the locals with their amazing bread and cakes.

Their passion shines and they manage to include a family heritage and a great humour in all that they do along with a good business brain for their expansion plans.

Finalists: Cradle, The Black Dog Deli

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

Best Newcomer 2017: Will and Joe, left,  Wooster from Wooster's, Bardwell with sponsor Sarah Peck from The KBB Centre.Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 Best Newcomer 2017: Will and Joe, left, Wooster from Wooster's, Bardwell with sponsor Sarah Peck from The KBB Centre.

Pride of Suffolk: Hillfarm Oils

Sponsored by: Montage Communications

Judges said: Hillfarm Oils is a long-established family business that’s making strides nationally, whilst retaining its Suffolk roots and community spirit, and boasting significant environmental credentials.

As the first producer of cold-pressed rapeseed oil in the UK, Sam Fairs has shown a remarkable amount of innovation. The farm has been in the family for years, and the steps taken to transform it into the ever-growing business it is today has taken dedication and true commitment.

Finalists: Alder Tree, Truly Traceable

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

Pride of Suffolk 2017
Clare and Sam Fairs from Hillfarm Oils of Halesworth with sponsor Matthew Anderson from Montage Communications.Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 Pride of Suffolk 2017 Clare and Sam Fairs from Hillfarm Oils of Halesworth with sponsor Matthew Anderson from Montage Communications.

Best Independent Food and Drink Retailer: Earsham Street Delicatessen

Sponsored by: EADT

Judges said: Earsham Street Delicatessen has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. The deli provides an outstanding range of locally sourced products which makes it stand out in a very competitive category. The deli contributes to, and is a real credit to the food industry in Suffolk.

Finalists: Lavenham Butchers, The Pantry

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

Best Independent Food and Drink Retailer 2017.

Michelle Steele from the Earsham Street Delicatessen, Bungay, with sponsor Mike Beech from the East Anglian Daily Times.Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 Best Independent Food and Drink Retailer 2017. Michelle Steele from the Earsham Street Delicatessen, Bungay, with sponsor Mike Beech from the East Anglian Daily Times.

Young Chef of the Year: Jessica Noy

Sponsored by: Feast Publishing

Judges said: Jessica Noy presented outstanding dishes at the live cook off. Her dishes were described as a ‘gamekeepers plate’ and presentation was described as fresh and stunning. Her main course of pigeon was excellent. Since starting at a farmers’ market stall in Suffolk Jessica has not looked back, and has branched into private catering, pop-up restaurants, street food and cookery teaching.

Finalists: Luke Cornelius, Jordan Bayes

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

Young Chef 2017
Jessica Noy, The Gamekeeper's Daughter, with sponsor Tessa Allingham from Feast PublishingSuffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 Young Chef 2017 Jessica Noy, The Gamekeeper's Daughter, with sponsor Tessa Allingham from Feast Publishing

Family Dining: The Four Horseshoes

Sponsored by: G + G Gallo

Judges said: The Four Horseshoes has a lovely atmosphere, offering a warm and friendly greeting and great surroundings. Staff are incredibly accommodating to dietary requirements and do all they can to ensure guests are content. Their children’s menu is not restrictive of age, and they also offer a smaller plate for those who would like it.

Finalists: The Crown (Stowupland), La Hogue

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

Family Dinning Award 2017
R - L -  Emma Greenacre, Sarah Knock from the Four Horseshoes at Thornham Magna and sponsor Lino Santemauro from G+G Enterprises Ltd.Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 Family Dinning Award 2017 R - L - Emma Greenacre, Sarah Knock from the Four Horseshoes at Thornham Magna and sponsor Lino Santemauro from G+G Enterprises Ltd.

Best Coffee/Tea Shop: G&T’s Cafe and Kitchen

Sponsored by: Suffolk Magazine

Judges said: G&T’s Café and Kitchen is a little gem, tucked away in one of Sufolk’s prettiest spots within a former Post Office. The eating space is homely, the décor and feel of the café is warm and relaxing, as is the service, which is genuine and thoughtful. It’s clear the owners, Gina Knox and Thalia Barker have put a lot of love, passion and care into the business, sourcing numerous local ingredients, and producing an incredible list of fresh and interesting cakes every day.

Finalists: The Tea Hut, Cragg Sisters Tea Room

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

Best Coffee and Tea Shop 2017.
L-R: Thalia Barker, right,  and Gina Knox from G & T's Cafe and Kitchen, Yoxford, with sponsor Craig Nayman from EADT Suffolk.Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 Best Coffee and Tea Shop 2017. L-R: Thalia Barker, right, and Gina Knox from G & T's Cafe and Kitchen, Yoxford, with sponsor Craig Nayman from EADT Suffolk.

Food and Drink Hero: Barry and Henry Chevallier-Guild

Judges said: Barry joined Aspall in 1993, taking over the sales role from his father John, and becoming only the fourth salesman Aspall customers had seen in the whole of the 20th century. Henry joined his brother on an eighth-generation mission to create a brand out of a small family business. Reinvented, Aspall Cyder soon found itself at the forefront of a cider revival.

Henry spends much of his time at Aspall working with the development team on creating new products, and communicating the joys of Aspall and all things apple related. Barry, a lover of the countryside, oversees the running of the estate, which includes preserving ancient woodland and management of the orchards.

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

Food and Drink Hero Award 2017
Henry Chevallier-Guild, left, with sponsor Peter Cook from BBC Radio Suffolk.Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 Food and Drink Hero Award 2017 Henry Chevallier-Guild, left, with sponsor Peter Cook from BBC Radio Suffolk.

Chef of the Year: David Coyne

Sponsored by: Jam Tartz

Judges said: David Coyne produced some great dishes at the live cook-off, which were noted as aesthetically pleasing, balanced and cooked perfectly. He presented a vibrant main course and had a good use of Suffolk produce throughout his menu. David is now senior sous chef at The Eaterie, The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, joining the kitchen team after working at The Packhorse and a number of kitchens in Newmarket.

Finalists: Dave Wall, James Barber

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

Chef of the Year 2017
David Coyne from The Eaterie at the Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds with Leigh-Ondrea Bendall from Jam TartzSuffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 Chef of the Year 2017 David Coyne from The Eaterie at the Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds with Leigh-Ondrea Bendall from Jam Tartz

Outstanding Customer Service: Hadley’s at Lavenham

Sponsored by: The Burgess Group

Judges said: The charming and cheerful décor at Hadley’s at Lavenham is matched by the warm and friendly welcome you receive the moment you step through the door. The judges were offered tasters of the fantastic range of homemade ice creams, whilst being given the provenance of all the ingredients – all of which are sourced from local suppliers. The enthusiasm of the service and the ability to anticipate customer needs was outstanding, making this a truly memorable visit.

Finalists: Arcade Street Tavern, The Maybush

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

Outstanding Customer Service 2017

Jane Hadley and Yvonne Silk, left,  with sponsor Edward Burgess from The Burgess Group.Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 Outstanding Customer Service 2017 Jane Hadley and Yvonne Silk, left, with sponsor Edward Burgess from The Burgess Group.

Best Restaurant: 1921 Angel Hill

Sponsored by: Larking Gowen

Judges said: 1921 Angel Hill creates an excellent dining experience from start to finish. The dishes are outstanding and display a masterly, light touch, which enhances the quality of their ingredients and the many complementary flavours. It is a very efficient, friendly and quietly sophisticated restaurant.

Finalists: Tuddenham Mill, The Crown and Castle

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

Best Restaurant 2017
Zack Deakins and Paul Bailey, left,  from 1921 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds with Becky Ames from Larking Gowen Chartered Accountants.Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 Best Restaurant 2017 Zack Deakins and Paul Bailey, left, from 1921 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds with Becky Ames from Larking Gowen Chartered Accountants.

Field to Fork: Ben’s Restaurant

Sponsored by: Ashton’s Legal

Judges said: Ben’s Restaurant was established by Ben Hutton, with his dream to supply his restaurant with the established, and growing, pig herd and sheep flock from his smallholding. Ben and his team source additional produce for the restaurant from a list of impressive local suppliers, and direct from the farmer where possible. Ben’s is developing a sustainable ‘field to fork’ supply chain.

Finalists: Alder Tree, Truly Traceable

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

Field to Folk Award 2017:

L-R: Ben Hutton and Rebecca Cooke from Ben's Restaurant in Bury St Edmunds with sponsor Rebecca Gatens from Ashtons Legal.Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 Field to Folk Award 2017: L-R: Ben Hutton and Rebecca Cooke from Ben's Restaurant in Bury St Edmunds with sponsor Rebecca Gatens from Ashtons Legal.

Pub of the Year: Arcade Street Tavern

Sponsored by: EADT

Judges said: The Arcade Street Tavern is a beautiful Georgian town house which is set in the centre of Ipswich, offering something for all ages - an astonishingly large range of craft beers and gins, social events, tours and tastings and popular Street Food Fridays. Coupled with its knowledgeable and welcoming team, this creates a very individual offering which stands out from the crowd.

Finalists: The Woolpack (Ipswich), The Eel’s Foot Inn

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

Pub of the Year 2017
Ross Keough, right, and  Ross Turner from the Arcade Street Tavern  with sponsor Jonathan Cropley from East Anglian Daily Times.Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 Pub of the Year 2017 Ross Keough, right, and Ross Turner from the Arcade Street Tavern with sponsor Jonathan Cropley from East Anglian Daily Times.

East of England Co-op Special Recognition Award: David Wright

Judges said: David Wright of The Cake Shop Bakery in Woodbridge has helped transform this third generation business for the 21st century without compromising traditional values of quality and service.

Traditionally milled flour from Woodbridge Tide Mill is used in their products, and they also run workshops on tourism, food and education. The Cake Shop Bakery has won many awards, including ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery competition in 2014, Best Business in the 2015 EADT Business Awards and Best Independent Food and Drink Retailer in the 2015 EADT Suffolk Food and Drink Awards. David is a leader and innovator among Suffolk’s Young Producers, who are taking up the reins of the county’s food and drink industry and helping to secure its future success.

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

East of England Co-Op Special recognition Award 2017

David Wright with sponsor Minnie Moll from East of England Co-OpSuffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 East of England Co-Op Special recognition Award 2017 David Wright with sponsor Minnie Moll from East of England Co-Op

Best International Restaurant: The Galley

Sponsored by: Inspire Suffolk

Judges said: The Galley is a traditionally decorated charming period building, encompassing four separate dining areas. The welcome is warm and inviting and throughout the dining experience the service is impeccable, offering a rare mix of attentiveness without intrusion. The menu truly embraces the definition of eclectic, offering dishes from six countries on the daily menu.

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017

Best International Restaurant 2017
Ugur Vata from The Galley at Woodbridge,  with his wifeSuffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 Best International Restaurant 2017 Ugur Vata from The Galley at Woodbridge, with his wife

EADT Business Awards 2015
East of England Co-op logoEADT Business Awards 2015 East of England Co-op logo

Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017
The glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of England Co-op.
The Archant events teamSuffolk Food and Drinks Awards 2017 The glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of England Co-op. The Archant events team

The glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of England Co-op
Jayne Lindill, Editor of the EADT Suffolk MagazineThe glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of England Co-op Jayne Lindill, Editor of the EADT Suffolk Magazine

The glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of England Co-op.
Minnie Moll, joint chief executive of the East of England Co-opThe glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of England Co-op. Minnie Moll, joint chief executive of the East of England Co-op

The glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of England Co-opThe glittering East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food and Drink Festival 2017 held at Wherstead Park and sponsored by the East of England Co-op

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