Finalists announced for inaugural Foodie Awards

Finalists announced for inaugural Foodie Awards

THE finalists in the inaugural Coventry and Warwickshire Foodie Awards have been unveiled.

The new Foodie Awards 2021, in partnership with Warwickshire County Council, Visit Coventry and Coventry BID, is a celebration of the best of the region’s food and drink scene as they re-emerge from the pandemic year.

More than 40 food and drink businesses across the region will now come under the scrutiny of a panel of judges made up of some of the top names in the industry, including chef Glynn Purnell, pictured below, appearing alongside his former employer Andreas Antona, owner of The Cross in Kenilworth, and Russell Allen, managing director of Aubrey Allen.

Foodie Awards 2021, Glynn Purnell, Andreas Antona, Jonatahan Smith, Trish Willetts

Foodie Awards 2021, Glynn Purnell, Andreas Antona, Jonatahan Smith, Trish Willetts
Andreas Antona

Also on the judging panel will be food blogger Chris Hardy AKA ‘The Fat Foodie.’

All the finalists are now invited to a Finalists and Supporters event in Coventry on July 22nd, which will also act as a curtain-raiser to the return of the Coventry Food Festival weekend, organised by Coventry BID.

Kicking off on Friday 23rd July, the Festival is aiming to host the largest selection of artisan food producers in the region and will be headlined by Michelin Star chef Theo Randall and Lesley Waters, who is well known for her cookery books, and television appearances on Ready Steady Cook (BBC), Great Food Live (UKTV), and This Morning (ITV).

Main Foodies organiser Jonathan Smith, of Talk Business UK, said: ”After the year we have all had, and especially for those across the food, drink and hospitality industry, I am so inspired by the positivity in the responses received from all those being told their business had been selected as a finalist in the inaugural Foodie Awards for Coventry and Warwickshire.

“Selecting the finalists in each category from the 200 entries received was a tough challenge and now the really hard work of deciding the category winners is left to our fantastic independent judges.”

He added: “To learn of the sacrifices made, the plans disrupted and changes everyone has had to make to their businesses is inspiring and I’m delighted to be part of the Foodie Awards and this recognition program that encourages everyone that their efforts were worth it.”

The finalists are:

Best Artisan Drink Producer

Dhillons Brewery, Coventry

Cotswolds Distillery, Stourton

Pinnock Distillery, Kineton

Welcombe Hills Vineyard, Stratford

 

Best Artisan Food Producer

Price’s Spices, Leamington

Miss Ellie’s of Coventry

Birtelli’s, Leamington

Bluebells Cottage Fudge & Nougat, Stratford

 

Best Café/Coffee Shop

Warwick Street Kitchen, Leamington

Bumbles, Studley

Bean and Leaf, Coventry

Jack’s Shack, Warwick

 

Chef/Cook of the Year

George Cambridge, of Warwick Street Kitchen, Leamington

Jay Alan, of Tumeric Gold, Coventry

Baabzi Miah, of Baabzi Indian Takeaway, Warwick

Tony Davis, of Gourmet Food Kitchen, Coventry

Tobias Reutt, of Earlsdon Supper Club

 

Best Food/Drink Experience

The Dice Box, Leamington

Coombe Abbey, Coventry

Gourmet Food Kitchen, Coventry

Bread For Life, Warwick

Earlsdon Supper Club, Coventry

 

Best Farm Shop

The Farm, Stratford

Hilltop Farm, Leamington

Farmers Fayre, Stoneleigh

 

Best Independent Business

Proof Bakery, Coventry

Procaffinate, Leamington

The Steamhouse, Leamington and Redditch

 

Newcomer Award

Pasta Brothers, Bishops Tachbrook

Meon Pizza, Meon Vale

Bramble Dining, Leamington

Mor Bakery, Stratford

Green Dragon, Coventry

 

Pub or Bar of the Year

Dhillons Brewery, Coventry

The Drawing Board, Leamington

The Yard, Coventry

The Virgins and Castle, Kenilworth

 

Restaurant of the Year

Tumeric Gold, Coventry

Oscars French Steakhouse and Bistro, Leamington

Harringtons on the Hill, Kenilworth

Tasca Dali, Warwick

 

Street Food Trader of the Year

Paneer Wrap

Bad Boys Burgers

Full of Chaat

Salt and Pepper’s

Stripclub Street Food

 

There is still time to enter the three remaining special awards which will also recognise businesses and individuals who went above and beyond during the Coronavirus pandemic – the COVID-19 Resilience Award backed by Visit Coventry; Food Champion Award, sponsored by The Leamington Courier and Rugby Advertiser and The Godiva Award, sponsored by Coventry BID.

Judging the Covid Resilience Award will be entrepreneur, investor and speaker John Stapleton who established and grew consumer-led businesses in the UK and USA. He now provides advice and mentorship to growing businesses.

Nominations deadline for these is Wednesday, March 31st. For more information on the awards – or to enter the remaining three categories, visit: https://foodieawards.co.uk

Foodie Awards 2021, Glynn Purnell, Andreas Antona, Jonatahan Smith, Trish WillettsThe Foodie Awards will also be raising money for The Trussell Trust network of eight food banks in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Trish Willetts, Coventry BID Director, pictured right, said: “I was delighted to help shortlist the finalists for the inaugural Foodie Awards. There was an incredible calibre of entries, so I don’t envy the judges having to make the final decisions. This will be a wonderful event, celebrating the best of the foodie scene across Coventry and Warwickshire, and I’m very much looking forward to raising a glass to them all on the 22nd July!”

She added: “We are aiming to bring some additional joy and celebration into the city centre across the Food Festival weekend, with stalls across Broadgate, demonstrations from our amazing celebrity chefs – Theo and Lesley – and some fantastic live music.”

Final countdown is on to enter Coventry & Warwickshire Foodie Awards

Final countdown is on to enter Coventry & Warwickshire Foodie Awards

THERE are just a few days left to enter the first Coventry & Warwickshire Foodie Awards.

The new Foodie Awards 2021, in partnership with Warwickshire County Council and Visit Coventry, is a celebration of the best of the region’s food and drink scene as they re-emerge from the pandemic year.

Entrants will be showcasing their talents to a panel of judges made up of some of the top names in the industry, including chef Glynn Purnell, appearing alongside his former employer Andreas Antona, owner of The Cross in Kenilworth, and Russell Allen, managing director of Aubrey Allen.

Coventry & Warwickshire Foodie Awards, Talk Business UK, Visit Coventry, Coventry BID, Glynn Purnell, Andreas Antona, Aubrey Allen, Heather Timms, Warwickshire County Council, The Fat Foodie

‘Yummy Brummie’ Glynn Purnell, pictured above, who regularly appears on TV’s Saturday Kitchen, said: “It’s been a tough year for all of us in hospitality but these awards will help boost local businesses and recognise some of the great talent in the area. I’m looking forward to being involved.”

Also on the judging panel will be Chris Hardy AKA ‘The Fat Foodie’ – a multi award-winning influencer and street food expert and fellow Stratford-based influencer Katie Matthews AKA ‘The Hangry Blonde’.

County Councillor Heather Timms, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Heritage and Culture at Warwickshire County Council, said: “We all know what a difficult year it has been for the Retail and Hospitality Industry so awards like this help to shine a spotlight on the fantastic, innovative and hard-working businesses we have across Warwickshire and beyond.

Coventry & Warwickshire Foodie Awards, Talk Business UK, Visit Coventry, Coventry BID, Glynn Purnell, Andreas Antona, Aubrey Allen, Heather Timms, Warwickshire County Council, The Fat Foodie
County Councillor Heather Timms, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Heritage and Culture at Warwickshire County Council

“These awards complement the newly created ‘Visit Warwickshire‘ website as well as the Survive, Sustain & Grow businesses support programme created by the County Council this year to help businesses through the pandemic.

“I would encourage all foodie businesses out there to submit an entry and get involved to help increase visibility and promote their business. Good Luck everyone!”

There are only a few days remaining to enter the inaugural awards, which closes on December 31st. This will be followed by a finalists’ night on January 25th at Coventry’s new Telegraph Hotel and then a grand ceremony in the spring.

Categories for the awards include best artisan food and drink producers, best farm shop, best independent food and drink retailer, best newcomer, best street food trader and best chef or cook of the year, as well as best food/drink experience.

Three special awards will also recognise businesses and individuals who went above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic – including a COVID-19 Resilience Award backed by Visit Coventry and The Godiva Award, sponsored by Coventry BID.

The Foodie Awards will be raising money for The Trussell Trust network of eight food banks in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Main organiser Jonathan Smith, of Talk Business UK, said: ”With just a few weeks to go we are delighted with the fantastic response to the Foodie Awards for Coventry and Warwickshire.

Foodie Awards 2021, Coventry BID, Visit Coventry, Trish Willetts, Eat With Ellen, Talk Business UK, Jonathan Smith, Councillor Jim O’Boyle

“Now with over 150 entries across all the award categories the entry level is fantastic. By far the most entries are in the Newcomer category which just shows that the COVID pandemic has inspired so many to follow their dreams and start their own businesses. We too have been inspired by their stories, achievements and commitment to their businesses and communities.

There is still time to enter so please encourage all those you know to be part of this exciting new awards program.”

For more information on how to enter or to support the awards, visit https://foodieawards.co.uk