Meet our food champions from 2018

The 2018 sector champions were announced at the awards celebration on 3rd October 2018.

Food for Life took over the Council House in Birmingham for our national Food for Life Served Here and Green Kitchen Standard Awards celebration. The awards were presented by the Soil Association CEO Helen Browning and Food for Life co-founder Jeanette Orrey MBE and the event was a wonderful opportunity to shine a spotlight on and shine a spotlight on the excellent people and food providers who are doing great things with Food for Life. 

The winners were chosen from a shortlisted few, by an independent judging panel who were looking for outstanding commitment to delivering Food for Life Served Here accredited meals. Awards were given across six categories, including an award for Green Kitchen Standard, a new certification run jointly with the Carbon Trust, which recognises caterers that are taking positive steps to sustainably manage energy, water and waste. 

The Green Kitchen Standard Winner - Aramark at University of Westminster

Supplier Scheme Champion - Lower Hurst Organic

Schools Champion - Doreen Sharp at East Ayrshire Council

Leisure Champion - Sticklebarn F&B Team, National Trust

Higher and Further Education Champion - BaxterStorey at University of Gloucestershire

Early Years Champion - Windermere Day Nursery, Childbase Partnership

Previous award winners were:

Schools - Sarah Henderson, PA to directors & Food for Life Coordinator, ISS Facility Services in Education.

Early Years Raquel Kneeves, Nursery Chef at Snapdragons in Keynsham.

Hospitals - Stephanie Steel, Head Chef with Randomlight at Coed Du Hall in Wales.

Care Settings - Louise Chambers, Head of Elder Care service with Milestones Trust.

Workplaces - Francesca Iliffe, Sustainability Officer with Brighton and Hove City Coucil.

Universities - Mark Davidson, Food Production Manager, Sodexo, Southampton Solent University.

If you would like to have a stall in our marketplace for the awards or to find out how you can sponsor an award, please contact

"The Food for Life Served Here Award helps us explain to our members and supporters how, as a food business, we’re different."Matt Drew (Head of Food and Beverage, National Trust)

Food for Life Served Here

"This partnership is an exciting opportunity to inspire caterers to improve their environmental performance"Dr Peter Bonfield (Creator of Defra's Balanced Scorecard)