Winners of BBC's Food and Farming Awards Named
Eating at the winner of the "Best Take-away" prize in the BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards could be a challenge. Adam's Fish and Chips is located on an island in the Isles of Scilly and is only open two days a week. But it sounds yummy: the potatoes for the chips are fertilised by local seaweed and all the fish is caught by the eponymous Adam in local waters, on the same day, by fishing with a single line. He catches pollack because "it's plentiful and renewable". You have to line up early too, because half the town of 160 people, is taking it out each night.
The other winners are slightly easier to get hold of and experience. The winner of the Best Food Producer award is Calon Wen in Carmarthenshire. It is a co-operative of 20 Welsh farmers and their families and they are paid for both the quantity and quality of their organic milk so they aren't forced to over-work the cows (pictured) to produce. Bagged milk is new in the UK and not very widespread. This dairy was the first to introduce it and the first to receive the the Soil Association's Ethical Trade Symbol.
Jamie Oliver said "As far as I'm concerned these are the Oscars of the food world and it doesn't get much better than this." And he presented the prize for Food Personality of the year to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. A national treasure, writer of cook books, author, t.v. producer and inspiration to all, he was a fitting winner of this prize.
Best Local Food Retailer award went to the highly principled Unicorn Grocery in Manchester. It is a worker co-operative, owned and run by its 50 employees. To have more control over its supply chain, it recently bought a 21 acre site to grow vegetables. Money to buy the land was raised by inviting customers to invest in the project.
The Best Dinner Lady/Man award (school cook) has gone to a former restaurant and hotel chef, Nick Copson, who sources and buys most of the local ingredients from within 50 miles of the school in County Durham. Meat comes from local farmers, many of them school parents and Nick does the butchery. As he says: "70% of our kids come by bus from the surrounding area and their parents are either farmers, earning their living from the land or have an affinity with the countryside. It is great that we are able to use so much local food and that many of the children's parents are supplying us. We're helping the local economy and everyone knows where their food is coming from." BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards
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Nick Copson, Best Dinner Lady/Man