After 2 rounds of voting by over 8,000 foodies from the South West and beyond, Food Magazine held their glittering 2014 Awards at Yeo Valley’s HQ in Blagdon, Somerset on Monday night.
The event was hosted by wine expert and BBC Saturday Kitchen presenter Susy Atkins, food magazine editor Jo Rees and Managing Director of Yeo Valley, Adrian Carne.
Cornwall’s foodie businesses swept the board with Falmouth’s 11 month old Picnic Cornwall beating off stiff competition from Boston Tea Party and Toast, from Honiton, to win Best South West Café.
Emma Douglas, owner at Picnic Cornwall said ‘Stunned doesn’t quite describe our reaction at hearing Picnic Cornwall’s name read out – we were delighted to be in the finals, and at the awards do, but didn’t think for a moment we would win against large established businesses like Boston Tea Party. It’s a moment we won’t be forgetting for a very very long time! We are incredibly flattered that so many people took the time to go online and vote for us.’
The Cornish Food Box in Truro brought home Best Independent Retailer, Best Pub went to The Victoria in Perranuthnoe, Best Food Blogger Jane Sarchet (@HedgeComber), Best Drink Sharp’s Doombar, Nathan Outlaw won in the Best Chef category and a special award went to the Cornish Chef’s Club for all their charitable work.
‘If there’s one thing these awards prove is how, outside of London, the South West is clearly leading the way in the UK food and dining, for both quality and a sense of regional identity,’ said food editor Jo Rees.
‘The very best businesses have been involved in these awards, and to be a finalist is no mean feat. To have won is outstanding, particularly when you look at the competition that each of the businesses was up against.’