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Raymond Blanc urges London restaurants to enter Sustainable City Awards

By Luke Nicholls , 26-Oct-2011

Blanc visited the Guildhall in the heart of the Square Mile to champion sustainable fishing and food practices

Blanc visited the Guildhall in the heart of the Square Mile to champion sustainable fishing and food practices

Celebrity chef Raymond Blanc has opened applications to the City of London Corporation’s Sustainable City Awards, which recognises exemplary sustainable business practice.

Blanc is this year’s award host and judge of the Sustainable Food category, which seeks out the UK’s most sustainable caterers and food practices.

“Good ethics should be part of everyday business,” said Blanc, after visiting the Guildhall in the heart of the Square Mile to champion sustainable fishing and food practices.

“Entering these prestigious awards is a chance for the restaurants and caterers of this country, along with all organisations entering, to shout about what they are doing to protect our precious marine resources, get rightful recognition and inspire others.

“I look forward to seeing some of the UK’s finest sustainable food companies gaining the recognition they deserve when I judge the Sustainable Food category and present the awards in March."

Sustainable restauranteurs

In its ten-year history, the Sustainable City Awards has celebrated some of the UK’s most innovative organisations. There has been a diverse variety of winners, including the UK’s first gastro-pub, the Duke of Cambridge.

Simon Mills, head of sustainable development at the City of London Corporation, said: “The sustainable food agenda continues to be fascinating and the City of London Corporation is keen to join the fight for fair food by identifying some of the UK’s most sustainable restaurateurs.

“As our resources become ever more precious, it is imperative that organisations across the UK adapt sustainable business practices. By highlighting exemplary initiatives, the Sustainable City Awards demonstrate that all organisations of all sizes can make a positive impact.”

Blanc, will present this year’s Sustainable City Awards, which cover 12 categories, at the Lord Mayor’s residence, Mansion House, in March next year.

The Sustainable City Award Categories are:

  • Air Quality
  • Sustainable Finance
  • The Farsight Award
  • Tackling Climate Change
  • Sustainable Travel and Transport
  • Resource Conservation
  • Greening the Third Sector (formerly Access to Goods and Services)
  • Sustainable Buildings
  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Environmental Management in SMEs
  • Sustainable Fish – Sustainable Food
  • Responsible Waste Management
  • Leadership in Sustainability
  • Sustainable City Awards Overall Winner

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