Food Made Good Awards 2018 winners revealed

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Food Made Good Awards 2018

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Nando’s, JD Wetherspoon and Bristol’s Poco Tapas Bar were among the food businesses honoured at the Food Made Good Awards 2018 last night.

Run by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, the awards recognise restaurants and foodservice businesses whose accomplishments in the last year have driven progress in the industry and demonstrated that “food can be made delicious, ethical and sustainable”.

Poco Tapas Bar in Bristol was named Food Made Good Business of the Year, repeating its success of 2016. The Stokes Croft venue was praised for keeping food on the plate and out of the bin, improving its relationship with its suppliers and a menu that celebrates vegetables and high quality meat (meaty dishes feature less intensive species and cuts like muntjac deer and pig’s head terrine).

Seaside café ODE-truefood - which was named Sustainable Restaurant of the Year at Restaurant magazine’s National Restaurant Awards​ early this year - scooped the Reduce Reuse Recycle award for running a community-wide campaign to rid its village of single-use plastic.

Piri piri chicken purveyor Nando’s was honoured for its work on using less energy and water, while JD Wetherspoon won the Waste No Food award for its 2018 war on food waste, which saw it tacking the issue from all angles. The pub giant offered smaller portions of dishes, fed thousands of people with surplus via Fareshare and switched waste contractor to send unavoidable waste to anaerobic digestion.

The Source Fish Responsibly award was won by Lussmanns Sustainable Fish and Grill where a five-year plan to overhaul its seafood menu now means diners can enjoy ten different dishes featuring eight species – 90% of which are Marine Stewardship Council certified. Cod cheeks, mackerel, crab, hake and bream are just some of the varieties on the menu.

“Year after year, chefs and restaurateurs continue to delight me with their winning submissions to The Food Made Good Awards, demonstrating how food can be a powerful force for good,” says SRA president Raymond Blanc OBE. “Their greatest reward would be for consumers to eat in their dining rooms and for their colleagues across the industry to follow their lead.”

The winners in full

Food Made Good Business of the Year: The best in the business, excelling across the sustainable board
Poco Tapas Bar, Bristol

Celebrate Local and Seasonal: for the business making the very most of the larder on its doorstep
FoodSpace, across Ireland

Kai, Galway
Loam, Galway

Serve More Veg and Better Meat: rewarding the most innovative ways of flipping the menu
Woods Hill Table, Massachusetts, USA

The Good Egg, London
Poco Tapas Bar, Bristol

Source Fish Responsibly: for the business doing most to help ensure plenty more fish in the sea
Lussmanns Sustainable Fish and Grill, Hertfordshire

Angel Hill Food Company, UK-wide
University of Plymouth

Support Global Farmers: for the business going above and beyond in ethical sourcing
bartlett mitchell, London

The Gallivant, East Sussex

Open Right Award: Celebrating site opened in last 12 months with sustainability built-in
Fhior, Edinburgh

Claw, London
Hawksmoor, Edinburgh

Value Natural Resources: for the business innovating to better preserve energy and water
Nando’s UK & Ireland
Eden Caterers, London
Sticklebarn at Langdales, Cumbria

Reduce Reuse Recycle: for the most impactful way of keeping as much as possible out of landfill
ODE-truefood, Devon

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
University of Winchester

Waste No Food: rewarding the very best ways of ensuring food stays out of the bin
JD Wetherspoon, UK wide
Petersham Nurseries, London
Vacherin, London

Good to Go Award: For the restaurant doing most to prove you don’t have to remove principles when taking away food
Brunch, Merseyside

Joe & ‘Za, London
Kingfisher Fish and Chips, Plymouth

Food Made Good Supplier of the Year

Belazu Ingredient Company
Squeaky Energy

The People’s Favourite: Publicly-voted award run in partnership with delicious. magazine
Dusty Knuckle Pizza, Cardiff

The Black Swan, Oldstead, Yorkshire
The Breakfast Club, Soho

Treat Staff Fairly: for the business doing most to value staff through pay and beyond the paycheque
Cafe St Honoré, Edinburgh

The Breakfast Club, London & South East
LP Food at Work

Support The Community: for the business making food do good as well as taste good in its area
The Breakfast Club, London and South East

Harissa Kitchen, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Nando’s, UK & Ireland

Feed People Well: for the business doing the most to support adults and kids make good choices when eating out
Farmacy Kitchen, London 

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Gather and Gather, Bristol

Food Made Good Champion: for the individual doing most to engage the industry on the key sustainability issues on the SRA’s online member community
Jim Crouch of University of Plymouth

Henry Burgess of Henry’s Burgers, Essex
Lauren Haffenden of Lakeside at University of Surrey

Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero: An individual doing the most to create positive change across the sector
Professor Tim Lang

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