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Winners of the EADT Suffolk magazine Food and Drink Awards 2016

PUBLISHED: 11:53 27 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:21 27 April 2016

Food and Drink Awards 2016

Food and Drink Hero Jimmy Butler wth wife Pauline and son Alastair and sponsor Charlotte Spackman

Food and Drink Awards 2016 Food and Drink Hero Jimmy Butler wth wife Pauline and son Alastair and sponsor Charlotte Spackman


In a fabulous awards ceremony at Kesgrave Hall on the 25 April, guests gathered to celebrate Suffolk’s food and drink industry and the proud farming, fishing and brewing heritage. Here we announce the winners

Winners of the EADT Suffolk magazine Food and Drink Awards 2016Winners of the EADT Suffolk magazine Food and Drink Awards 2016

Best Newcomer

The award was open to any business or individual who has started a food and/or drink venture in the last three years. The judges were looking for an outstanding early stage business which has already become a success story or shows promise to become one. Find out who won the Best Newcomer award…

Young Chef of the Year

This category recognises the talents of a growing number of young people forging careers in the hospitality industry, and seeks to encourage excellence and ambition. Young chefs were invited to submit a menu for a two-course meal for four people for a special occasion, working to a strict budget of £9.00 per person. Find out who won Young Chef of the Year…

Best Food or Drink Marketing

This category looks to recognise the best in marketing from the counties producers or distributers of food or drink products. Find out who won Best Food or Drink Marketing…

Pub of the Year

Judges were looking for fantastic pubs across Suffolk that have created a distinct and high quality offering for their customers – both traditional drinking pubs and those that have built a reputation their restaurant and/or bar menu. Find out who won Pub of the Year…

Field to Fork

Nominees for this category were those individuals or businesses with the ability and vision to produce and market quality food products in this region – 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. Find out who won Field to Fork…

Food and Drink Hero

This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Suffolk’s food industry. The winner could come from any part of the industry – a grower, producer, cook, restaurateur, retailer, educator or local food and drink champion. Find out who won Food and Drink Hero.

Chef of the Year

For this prestigious award, judges were looking for chefs who are working within Suffolk, who demonstrate excellence in their profession and a commitment to supporting the county’s food and drink producers through their menus. Find out who won Chef of the Year...

Pride of Suffolk

Judges were looking for a product or brand that the county is proud to call its own by demonstrating the excellence of Suffolk food and drink production to the UK or even further afield. Find out who won the Pride of Suffolk award…

Best Family Business

Judges were looking for a sustainable business that capitalises on the diverse strengths and abilities of the family members involved and has a plan for future generations. Find out who won Best Family Business…

Outstanding Customer Service

Nominees for this category could be a restaurant, hotel, café or pub that offered outstanding customer service. Judges were looking for those with the ability to understand and anticipate customers’ needs, good knowledge of menus, dishes, provenance of ingredients and of drink matching, as well as a personable approach that complements the establishment and really enhances the visit. Find out who won the Outstanding Customer Service award…

Best Restaurant

Judges were looking for a restaurant or eaterie in Suffolk which has the ability to create an outstanding dining experience, cook to a degree of excellence using fresh, local produce and provide an excellent level of customer service, demonstrating and understanding the diner’s expectations. Find out who won Best Restaurant…

Best School Food Project

This award is for a school project based on food and nutrition. Judges were looking for an original and effective project, which has been initiated and led by a teacher(s) who is enthused and motivated by the subject. The pupils should be fully engaged in the theoretical and practical aspects of food – growing and producing, food preparation, cooking and eating, and basic nutrition. Find out who won the Best School Food Project…

Best Café or Tearoom

Nominees for this category were cafes or tearooms in Suffolk that create an outstanding customer experience – a warm welcome, high quality tea and/or coffee plus a range of other drinks, tasty food made from fresh, local produce, all served with an excellent level of customer service. Find out who won the Best Café or Tearoom…

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