The finalists in the BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards 2007 have been announced. This year – marking the 10th anniversary of the introduction of farmers’ markets in the UK – a new award for Best Farmers’ Market has been added.
Finalists include a producer whose oil could rival varieties from the Mediterranean; two cooks whose takeaway food is sourced from their own farm; a husband and wife team who produce unusual luxury deserts; a scheme that supports farmers growing ancient varieties of apples, and a market held weekly in the village church.
Created in 2000 to celebrate the people and organisations who produce and promote the best of British food, the awards – in partnership with BBC Local Radio – aim to find the Best Food Producer, Best Take-Away and Farmer Of The Year.
Joining them are Best Dinner Lady, Best Local Food Retailer, Best National Retail Initiative, the Derek Cooper Special Award and the new Best Farmers’ Market. BBC Food Personality Of The Year is voted for by listeners.
This year’s award winners will be featured on Radio 4’s The Food Programme and Farming Today, and also on BBC Local Radio.
Previous winners include ex-Navy chef turned dinner ‘laddie’, Gerard ‘Trigger’ Roberts, who proved that healthy food can be popular with secondary school children if it’s also delicious, and an Arbroath Smokie smoker Iain Spink, for taking traditional smoked fish back to its ancient roots.
The Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards 2007 will take place on the evening of Wednesday 28 November at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham.