Flavours of Herefordshire 2011
PUBLISHED: 13:32 03 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:13 20 February 2013
More than 140 people attended the annual Flavours of Herefordshire Food Awards, organised by Visit Herefordshire, with at a glittering gala dinner at Hereford Racecourse on 21 October
More than 140 people attended the annual Flavours of Herefordshire Food Awards, organised by Visit Herefordshire, with at a glittering gala dinner at Hereford Racecourse on 21 October.
The evening was compred by Herefordshire and Wye Valley Life columnist and self-confessed foodie Katie Johnson, along with Sir Ben Gill, Chairman of Visit Herefordshire.
Presentations of personalised display plaques to the commended, highly commended and winners of each of the categories were made by celebrated French Chef Jean Christophe Novelli, himself in possession of 5 AA Rosettes and numerous Michelin Stars. Novelli was also the star attraction at the countys Food Festival during that same weekend, where he entertained with three daily cookery demonstrations and the judging of several cook-off competitions.
The plaques are a symbol of achievement that the owners can display in their establishments and the awards can also be used for their own business promotion.
This years Young Chefs awards were kindly sponsored by Axon Enterprises in partnership with national appliance manufacturer Electrolux, who provided the additional prizes of a days mentoring with Michelin Star chef Glyn Purnell, to be taken at his restaurant Purnells in Birmingham, plus smart branded chefs jackets. Stuart Flint, Sales Director for Electrolux Professional, also judged the categories at Herefordshire College of Technology.
A special new award was given this year to celebrate Herefordshires Year in the Orchard project and the 200th anniversary of Herefordian Thomas Andrew Knights book on the culture of Herefordshire apples and pears, Pomona Herefordiensis. The RHS Pomona Award was presented by Lawrence Banks, Vice President of the RHS, who also manages the Hergest Estate and Hergest Croft Gardens in north Herefordshire with his wife, RHS President Elizabeth Banks, to Whitehorn Farm Carey Organic Orchard.
Three more new awards were also presented for Outstanding New Entrant, to A Cooks Kitchen near Pembridge, an Outstanding Achievement Award went to Olivers Cider and Perry and White Haywood Farm received a Food Champion award.
Sir Ben Gill commented "This year's thirteenth annual Flavours of Herefordshire Food Awards were widely acknowledged as being an exceptional evening from start to finish, with a high quality dinner based on excellent Herefordshire produce.
A significant number of first time entries with a great range of diversity made for a closely fought competition and this bodes well for the future of Herefordshire's food and drink industry. We are looking to develop the awards scheme further and ideas as to how this can be achieved to the benefit of Herefordshire's food and drinkoffer in the county will be welcomed at the Visit Herefordshire offices."
A full listing of the winning businesses can be seen in a special supplement that is to be circulated within the second edition of the Essence of Herefordshire food magazine, available for free pick-up from foodie businesses around the county and from the Discover Herefordshire Centre in King Street Hereford.
Winners of Flavours Awards 2011
Breakfast of the Year
Winner The Olde Rectory
Highly Commended Walford Court
Commended Wilton Court
Pub/Inn of the Year: Sponsored by Wye Valley Brewery
Winner The Grapes
Highly Commended The Mill Race, The Crown Inn
Commended The Sun Inn & The Red Lion
Restaurant of the Year
Winner - Wilton Court
Highly Commended - White Haywood & Cooks Kitchen
Commended - Glewstone Court
Pomona Award Drink Producer
Winner Jus, Once Upon a Tree
Highly Commended - Olivers Cider & Perry
Commended - Jo Hilditch, British Cassis
Winner - Franks Luxury Biscuits
Highly Commended - Court Farm Tillington
Commended - Just Rachel
Winner - Pengethley Farm Shop
Highly Commended - Glyn Slade Jones
Commended - Hopes of Longtown
Winner - Mrs Muffins
Highly Commended - Blueberry Tea Room & Mistletoe House
Commended Old Stables Tea Room
Outstanding Achievement Award: Sponsored by Visit Herefordshire
Olivers Cider & Perry
Outstanding New Entrant: Sponsored by Visit Herefordshire
Flavours of Herefordshire Food Champion: Sponsored by Cargill
White Haywood Farm Restaurant
Young Chef in Industry 2011: Sponsored by Axon Enterprises in partnership with Electrolux
Cal Banner, Wilton Court
Young Chef in College 2011: Sponsored by Herefordshire College of Technology
Dale Williams, Herefordshire College of Technology