Nominations open for 2012 BBC Food & Farming Awards

Nominations open for 2012 BBC Food & Farming Awards

Do you want to celebrate the work of your Food for Life school cook or caterer? Then consider nominating them for this year's BBC Food & Farming Awards.

Now in their thirteenth year, the awards have helped to transform and celebrate the lives of the unsung heroes of the food world including school dinner cooks, small traditional food businesses, community-led markets, and independent food retailers. Each finalist and eventual winner starts with a member of the public sending in a nomination.

The category of best public caterer will be headed up by award-winning food writer, broadcaster and chef, Arthur Potts-Dawson. One of the panel of twelve judges, he hopes to use it as a way of sharing new ideas that can help and inspire caterers all over the UK, as budgets tighten and food prices continue to increase.

Arthur asking the public if they know someone who is preparing tasty, healthy meals on a budget, made with carefully sourced ingredients and who is helping to transform food in some of the UK’s less celebrated institutions.

The best ideas that come through the judging process will be featured on BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme and a special edition of the BBC Food & Farming Awards, also on Radio 4.

In his appeal to the public and the profession to send in nominations for these Awards, Arthur said, “these Awards are a great way of celebrating some of the new ideas, and hard work already happening in kitchens serving food to pupils in schools, to people in hospitals and to staff using work restaurants and canteens. This work and the fresh thinking often in place, rarely receives much positive attention and media coverage. For that reason we want people to tell us about the public caterers working away in their part of the UK."

Nominations can be made through the BBC Food & Farming Awards’ website and close on the 12th August -

Once the judges have selected a shortlist for each of the categories, they will visit each finalist in person. The eventual winners will be announced at the annual BBC Food & Farming Awards ceremony, held at the BBC Good Food Show, NEC, Birmingham on 28 November 2012. A Radio 4 programme will be broadcast shortly after the event featuring both winners and judges.

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