With the announcement today of the winners of the Observer Food Monthly Awards we are pleased to find that the London eco-exemplar restaurant Acorn House was awarded Best Newcomer. As Bonnie Alter reported a couple of months back, "Acorn House is a green, eco-restaurant with a serious mission. Built from organic and recycled materials, it looks like a proper, grown-up eatery, with its clean lines and stylish interiors." In today's Observer Jay Rayner, one of the OFM Award judges, writes: "At the heart of the restaurant that has won our coveted newcomer of the year award is a load of old rubbish. 'That was the first thing I thought about when I saw this site,' says chef Arthur Potts. 'How can we deal with the rubbish?" "I've recycled and re-used all my life but, for the 19 years I've been working as a chef, I'd not been able to carry that over into the kitchen. I was becoming offended by the amount of waste we produced.' He was determined to do something about it. Working with his business partner, Jamie Grainger-Smith, who oversees front of house, he has. The result is Acorn House in London's King's Cross, a restaurant that does much more than just mouth platitudes about seasonality and locality on its menu." Congratulations Acorn House, we look forward to seeing what stylish eco-dish you serve up next. ::Acorn House ::Observer Food Monthly.