Last chance to nominate your favourite foodies for the EADT Suffolk Food and Drink Awards 2017

PUBLISHED: 09:18 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:18 07 March 2017

Food and Drink Awards 2016

Winners proudly show off their commemorative gifts

Food and Drink Awards 2016 Winners proudly show off their commemorative gifts


There’s just time to nominate your favourite foodies for the 2017 EADT Suffolk Food and Drink Awards at

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Quick! You have until March 8 to nominate your favourite foodies for the EADT Suffolk Food and Drink Awards 2017. Make sure your chosen restaurant, chef, local shop, pub or producer isn’t left out - go to and nominate them now!

If you’ve spent any time in Suffolk you’ve probably noticed just how good the food and drink is in this remarkable county. Wherever you go, from independent food stores, to cafes and teashops, pubs and restaurants, our food and drink producers and purveyors are working hard to provide you with nothing but the best in quality, flavour and value.


Now it’s time to recognise and reward those businesses and individuals who make Suffolk’s food and drink such a success. We want to know about your favourite local food and drink producers, chefs, retailers, restaurants, cafes and tea shops – the ones you think deserve to be honored in the EADT Suffolk Food and Drink Awards 2017. There are 12 categories just waiting for your nominations, and a team of judges waiting to discover them all and decide the winners. The awards culminate in a celebratory dinner on April 24 at Wherstead Park, the headquarters, the East of England Co-op, a great champion of local food and drink, who we’re delighted to have as our main sponsor. The evening will be hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin. So, what are you waiting for? Head to and nominate your foodie favourites now.

Our main sponsor – East of England Co-op

The East of England Co-op is the largest, totally independent business in the East Anglian region, with over 235 stores in local towns and villages across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Owned by over 275,000 members – customers, colleagues and the local community – we believe in sharing our success and giving back to the people and communities around us.

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We’re incredibly proud to once again support these awards that celebrate our talented network of restaurants, retailers, chefs and producers who each share a common goal with us of making great local food, drink and hospitality available to those who live in and visit Suffolk. Creating great tasting food and drink is something we’re really good at in East Anglia. Through our Sourced Locally initiative we shine a light on local producers every day in our stores, so we’re delighted to be supporting these awards which recognise producers that Suffolk can, and should, be proud of.

Category sponsors

Young Chef of the Year sponsored by Feast Publishing

We are the Suffolk-based creative team behind two beautiful cookbooks and foodlovers’ guides, Suffolk Feast: One County, Twenty Chefs, and Norfolk Table: One County Twenty Chefs. Following the huge success of these twobooks, we are delighted to be bringing delicious recipes and food stories from Essex, plus a fres hly made second serving ofSuffolk Feast later in 2017. We are incredibly proud to be supporting the EADT Suffolk Food & Drink Awards, and in particular the Young Chef of the Year category, an award that recognises future talent, and celebrates talented young people at the start of their career in this wonderful industry.

Best Newcomer sponsored by The KBB Centre

The KBB Centre is a longstanding family run business based in Ipswich, owned and managed by brothers Roger and Patrick Peck, with over 60 years’ experience in the industry designing, planning and professional installation of kitchens, bathrooms and fitted bedrooms in East Anglia and even further afield in the UK. The KBB Centre supported these awards last year and loved being involved in such a great event championing local businesses for their various achievements. In this day and age of large corporations/businesses and internet shopping that it is very important to support the smaller local businesses, especially being one ourselves.

Best Restaurant sponsored by Larking Gowen

Larking Gowen has been around for generations, working closely with businesses as their trusted advisor. We work for all types of clients, including owner managed businesses, individuals and families. We are friendly, experienced, pride ourselves on innovative thinking and are proud of our reputation for great client service. We are proud to sponsor the award for Best Restaurant which recognises businesses demonstrating innovation and excellent client service – values we share. The awards provide us with anopportunity to support the people who produce our wonderful local food and drink, and the contribution made by hospitality businesses to the economy of Suffolk.

Outstanding Customer Service sponsored by The Burgess Group

The Burgess Group provides a range of beautifully made timber windows and doors and contemporary aluminium sliding doors. With over 20 years trading history the company prides itself on offering homeowners an excellent product choice and reliable customer service at showrooms in Woodbridge, Bury St Edmunds of Ingatestone.

Best Tea/Coffee Shop sponsored by Suffolk Magazine

Suffolk Magazine is a champion of local food and drink at every stage, from producers and their products, to retailers, chefs, caterers and consumers. Food and drink is an important contributor to the Suffolk economy, providing opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship, and is now one of the reasons people choose to visit and spend time in the county. Oustanding customer service is critical to providing visitors and residents a memorable experience of the county for all the right reasons. We’re proud to sponsor this award and the Best ea/Coffee Shop award, and look forward to discovering some we don’t already know about!

Family Dining Award sponsored by G+G Gallo

G+G Gallo is a family run,independent drinks distributor. The company has been running since 1995 supplying establishments from pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, to wedding venues and golf clubs. We are specialists in all aspects of drinks including cask ale brought from all over the UK for the establishments and festivals we supply. Our philosophy has always been to be more than just a drinks supplier. We build relationships with our customers, providing guidance whenever asked, helping to build businesses and communities, with our staff’s abundant experience, and learning about our customers to help us accommodate every individual need.

Pub of the Year & Best Independent Food and Drink Retailer both sponsored by the East Anglian Daily Times

The East Anglian Daily Times has been championing the county’s food and drink industry for decades through its coverage of local businesses, agriculture and farming. As a regional daily, reaching into all parts of Suffolk, the EADT is in touch with communities and has campaigned over the years to stem the loss of amenties, such as pubs and village shops, that keep those communities alive.

Chef of the Year sponsored by Jam Tartz

Leigh-Ondrea Bendall, owner of Jam Tartz, believes Suffolk offers diversity, innovation and heart felt passion for food, demonstrated in the range of products and number of producers in Suffolk. Jam Tartz are proud to be sponsoring the Chef of the Year category, to help encourage better eating and enthuse the next generation of chefs and good home cooks.

Food and Drink Hero sponsored by BBC Radio Suffolk

BBC Radio Suffolk is the BBC local radio service for the county, broadcasting news, sport, weather and community events. We’re really very lucky to live in such a fantastic county with so many people around us who are passionate about what they do. We are proud to sponsor the Food Hero category and be part of the awards, which celebrate the best that Suffolk has to offer. You’ll often hear the people who work to make it so special on Lesley Dolphin’s afternoon show, weekdays 1pm-4pm. The winner of this category will be decided from nominations that may come from the public, other award categories, from within the food and drink industry and the judges themselves.

Pride of Suffolk sponsored by Montage Communications

Montage crafts compelling brand stories encouraging people to find, love and buy. As experts in consumer retail marketing communications, Montage’s retail ‘omni-channel’ marketing covers traditional media, social media and optimising the buying experience via point of sale, e-commerce and marketplaces like Amazon. Supporting, promoting and celebrating the rich variety of products and services found in Suffolk and beyond is our passion. We are proud sponsors of the Pride of Suffolk Award, an accolade that truly recognises a product or brand that our region is proud to call its own.

Best International Restaurant sponsored by Inspire Suffolk

Inspire Suffolk is an education charity supporting young people who are in desperate need to overcome personal challenges, rebuild confidence and make improvements in their lives. Our aim is to believe in and enhance the potential of our young people in Suffolk through our range of charitable programmes, leading on to positive paths. We are very proud of Suffolk. We love our county and we’re passionate about shouting about it every chance we get. With a focus on helping to raise confidence and aspiration levels among our young people, we’re looking forward to help celebrate excellence among our food and drink sector nominees.

Field to Fork sponsored by Ashtons Legal

Ashtons Legal employs 330 people across East Anglia and strives to be the legal employer of choice with staff as the core of the firm. The firm meets a full range of business and private client needs, both nationally and internationally, and boasts specialisms in French property law, franchising and injury services. Ashtons Legal works with many businesses involved in the food and drink sector, as they say, from field to fork including growers, farmers, manufacturers, processors, distributors and retailers. This expertise means we are perfectly placed to recognise talent and market leaders in the field.

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