Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival and Flavours awards

PUBLISHED: 00:16 21 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:20 20 February 2013

Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival and Flavours awards

Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival and Flavours awards

Sensational cooking with a regional fare and some of the most tempting and tasty produce from the county were celebrated in style at the Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival, says Sharon Chilcott


Sensational cooking with a regional fare and some of the most tempting and tasty produce from the county were celebrated in style at the Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival, says Sharon Chilcott


Pictures by Chris Fairweather, Mark Jarrold and Martin Griffiths



THE COUNTYS annual celebration of food and drink got off to a mouth-watering start at the Friday night Flavours of Herefordshire Awards ceremony, where celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli presented the prizes to a string of jubilant winners. He was particularly delighted to give the award for Outstanding New Entrant to Tom Cook, who trained with him at Maison Novelli in Clerkenwell, and who has gone on to set up his own establishment, A Cooks Kitchen, at Dunkertons Cider Company, Pembridge.



Breakfast of the Year went to The Olde Rectory, Cradley; Pub of the Year was won by The Grapes, Hereford; the Restaurant of the Year winner was Wilton Court Restaurant with Rooms, Ross-on-Wye. The joint winners in the Drink Producer category were Jus and Once Upon a Tree, both based near Ledbury; Franks Luxury Biscuits, Hereford, won the Food Producer category; the winner in the Shop/Retailer category was Pengethley Farm Shop, Peterstow and the Tea Room winner was Mrs Muffins, Ledbury.



An Outstanding Achievement Award was made to Olivers Cider and Perry, Ocle Pychard and the award for the Flavours of Herefordshire Food Champion went to White Haywood Farm Restaurant, Craswell. The Young Chef in Industry winner was Cal Banner from Wilton Court. The Young Chef in College award went to Dale Williams, from Herefordshire College of Technology.



Lawrence Banks, vice president of the Royal Horticultural Society presented the first ever RHS Pomona Awards for orchards. The overall winner was Whitehorn Farm, Carey.



The dinner was followed by a weekend to delight the tastebuds, with cookery demonstrations by Jean-Christophe Novelli using produce on sale at the festival. Cook-offs between participants in the Young College Chef Award were also judged by Jean-Christophe, who said his tips for being a top chef were: "Being honest, passionate, not compromising and working hard!"



Visitors had the chance to take part in a chocolate master class with Stuart Deacon, to start planning for the festive season with Dorothy Bridges from The Pudding Shop and to share in some simple yet scrumptious recipe ideas from Matt Slocombe of The Crown Inn, Woolhope. All this, along with an exhibition about the art of beekeeping, demonstrations of cider making by Ralphs Cider and Perry and a food pavilion overflowing with regional treats to sample and buy, made for a weekend to savour.



Make a diary note for next years event on October 27 and 28, which will be moving to Cathedral Close and High Town in Hereford city centre.



The full list of winners and the category sponsors can be viewed at www.herefordshire.greatbritishlife.co.uk and will be listed in the next issue of the Essence of Herefordshire magazine, available from the Discover Herefordshire Centre, King Street, Hereford.


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