These awards will celebrate small, professional food producers in the UK who are often on the leading edge of innovation and excellence in the food industry.
In 2016 we have five categories including chocolate, bread, charcuterie, cheese, and viennoiserie.
Entrants must meet the following criteria:
1. Maximum two people working in the business. This includes volunteers, interns, paid employees, or anyone else.
2. The products are produced in a home kitchen or in a home – like environment: a garden shed, a garage, a sea container, a small unit somewhere under the arches, the church hall kitchen, shared food prep space, or something else non industrial. This is the spirit of these awards. The essence is that products are at least party hand made and that entrants do not have access to a whole bunch of super expensive professional equipment that allows them to mechanise the process from end to end.
3. Entrants are committed to excellence and committed to growing their brand, making it the best it can be, making a positive impact on customers and on the UK food industry.
The awards will be judged and held in November 2016. Submissions must be mailed to or dropped off at the School of Artisan Food any time up to the morning of 16 November 2016. On the afternoon of 16 November 2016, a panel of experts in each category will judge the submissions and the top three finalists in all categories will be identified. These lucky people will be invited to the award ceremony and bang up lunch at the School of Artisan Food on 24 November 2016.
We will have an array of fantastic prizes and as much publicity as anyone can handle!
To enter, contestants should send an e mail to Jane Mason (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 10 November 2016. In that e mail they must state:
1. The category they would like to enter. You can enter as many categories as you like with a maximum of two submissions per category.
2. The name and address of their business, and some background to their business that proves you meet the criteria. We will do some research on all entrants.
3. Links to websites and other social media sites.
Once again, we are thrilled to host these awards and look forward to finding and celebrating the best small food producers in the UK.