Choose Cornish winners announced
CORNWALL Food & Drink announced the winners of the inaugural Choose Cornish Awards at an event at Heartlands on Monday night.
The awards, marking the end of the year-long Choose Cornish campaign, recognised the businesses in the county who go to the greatest lengths to ‘buy local’ and make a real difference to the community and economy of Cornwall in doing so.
The award finalists – divided into four categories reflecting areas of our lives where buying local can make a large impact – underwent a rigorous assessment by a panel of esteemed judges including food writers and business specialists.
The Choose Cornish Every Day Award, sponsored by Cornwall College, searched for the shop or retailer in Cornwall who uses local suppliers extensively. The award went to The Vine An Gwinbreen which has shops in Wadebridge and Bodmin, and a mobile trailer delivering to the community, and offers fresh, local produce that’s good value for money.
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Runners-up were The Cornish Food Box Co and cornishfoodmarket.co.uk
The Truly Cornish Café Trail Award, sponsored by Cornish Mutual, looked across the county for the café that offers exceptional service and locally sourced ingredients to create interesting dishes. Boscastle Farm Shop and Café scooped the prize for its café that sources quality local produce from the surrounding National Trust farmland. Runners-up were Picnic Cornwall and Woods Café.
The Real Cornish Breakfast Award, sponsored by First Great Western, was looking for just that. The hotly contested and close-scoring category was won by Woodlands Country House B&B, where Hugo Woolley serves his guests a 100 per cent Cornish breakfast which is both traditional and innovative.
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, Rick Stein’s Café and Samson Hill Cottage were runners-up.
The fourth category for the Best Business Collaboration, sponsored by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, was picked up by Trewithen Dairy, recognising the work they do to collaborate with other businesses. Their collaborations run right through the supply chain, from the 28 Cornish farms who supply their milk to the larger processors who use their dairy products as ingredients. Once again cornishfoodmarket.co.uk and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall came close.
The overall Champion of Champions Award, sponsored by Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, was awarded to Trewithen Dairy, for bringing about a real change in championing Cornish produce and suppliers, while embracing the Choose Cornish campaign to the fullest.
What's On editor Lee Trewhela, one of the judges, said: "It was a difficult proposition finding a winner among these great businesses, who all fly the flag for the Cornish food industry; as difficult as eating delicious food can be."
The winners were unveiled at a special invitation-only event at Heartlands, where Nathan Outlaw created a menu of small dishes in the style of his latest venture, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac, and the Cornish Gin Distillery revealed its new premium Cornish gin, Elemental.
For more information on the campaign, visit www.choosecornish.co.uk