Sponsors: Cotswold Life Food & Drinks Awards, 2009
PUBLISHED: 00:15 17 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:14 20 February 2013
The Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2009 could not take place without the support provided by our sponsors. We would like to say a big thank you to the following companies...
MAIN SPONSOR: Warner's Budgens
For the second year running, Warner's Budgens are delighted to be the main sponsor of this year's Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards, celebrating the best of the region's food and drink.
Store owner, Guy Warner, is committed to supporting local producers and stocks over 700 locally-produced food and drink items from 80 local suppliers in his three fresh food stores in Broadway, Moreton-in-Marsh and Bidford-on-Avon.
Guy and his team are continually looking for new ways to promote local products to their customers, and launched the biannual Warner's Budgens Seasonal Lunches with this in mind. Held at local award-winning restaurants, these popular events give people the chance to try locally-produced food at reasonable prices, while raising money for local charities.
Local food is also the main theme of the Warner's Budgens Taste Club, a free online club for anyone interested in good quality food and drink from their region. As well as food features and wine advice, members receive money off coupons for a number of local products and recipe ideas from top local chefs.
High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0AF. Tel: 01608 651854. Russell Square, High Street, Broadway, WR12 7AP. Tel: 01386 842870. Salford Road, Bidford-on-Avon, B50 4AW. Tel: 01789 773352. www.warnersbudgens.co.uk
ASSCOCIATE SPONSOR: Hartpury College
As a committed advocate of local food companies and small farmers, Hartpury College is delighted to support the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards again this year. CoVE funding has enabled the College to invest in local food businesses, developing them into training hubs, so that other local enterprises can benefit from their experience.
A new partnership with Ensors Gloucestershire Ltd continues to grow and offers a variety of specialist Butchery courses including: Knife Skills; Carcass Breakdown; Processing and Curing (adding value); and related NVQs. The primary aim of this facility is to enhance the skills of butchers, but will also be of benefit to farmers who are looking to diversify, as a way of improving the economic viability of the farm business and adding value to their product.
Hartpury has also invested in a cheese making unit at Minchinhampton, where you can learn the art of cheese-making from an expert who has a wealth of experience, having run her own cheese-making business for the past ten years.
On site, Hartpury has its own fully equipped training kitchen delivering a variety of courses and the facility is also available for hire. A foundation degree in Food & Drink Manufacturing provides those who work within the food industry with the opportunity to gain an advanced qualification.
Hartpury is committed to helping business prosper particularly in rural, food and land-based economies. April 2009 saw the launch of the Hartpury Business Network. This Network enables business to have easier access to college expertise and knowledge. Each month it hosts a network meeting with guest speakers delivering relevant and inspiring topics. To join, please email Liza Bye on email@example.com.
For information about the range of food and drink courses Hartpury has to offer visit www.hartpury.ac.uk or call the short course enquiry line on 01452 702154.
Hartpury House, Gloucester, GL19 3BE. Tel: 01452 702154. www.hartpury.ac.uk
ASSOCIATE SPONSOR & VENUE: The Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel
Situated in 55 acres of unspoilt Cotswold parkland in the heart of Gloucestershire, the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel opened in 2007 and is a contemporary four-star hotel owned by the Four Pillar Hotels group. With self-catering accommodation as well as traditional guest rooms, the building was designed to make the most of the property's stunning position on the edge of 'Lake 6'.
The interiors of the 318 en suite guestrooms are inspired by nature and many have spectacular, uninterrupted lake views. Wood, stone and other natural elements are integral to the design and many rooms and suites also have sun decks or balconies.
The 200-seater Lakeside Restaurant offers spectacular views and sunsets and the emphasis here is on contemporary cuisine, employing local suppliers and sourcing local ingredients - the meat, for example, is from Jessie Smith's 'family' butchers in nearby Cirencester and popular dishes include 'potted smoked Bibury trout with lime crme fraiche. The menu is rotated on a bi-annual basis to ensure that only the freshest local produce is served.
The Old Boathouse, the hotel's gastro pub, serves local food sourced from in and around the Cotswold area. The restaurant is designed in the form of a traditional boathouse and its distinctly contemporary ambience is enhanced by picturesque lakeside scenery.
Lake 6, Spine Road East, South Cerney, Glos, GL7 5FP. Tel: 01285 864000. www.cotswoldwaterparkhotel.co.uk
ASSOCIATE SPONSOR & NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Category sponsor: Curry Corner
The Curry Corner, one of England's oldest and most highly regarded restaurants and a Cotswold's institution since 1977 is a small family run restaurant set up by husband and wife chefs Shamsul and Saleha Krori. Shamsul, the master of spices, is now 60 years old but still cooks in the kitchen every night, fusing fragrant and aromatic freshly ground spices with world class produce from this region to produce fine food in a league of its own. The Krori's personally collect their eggs from a family farm to ensure freshness and are the only restaurant in the country to use Shipton Mill organic flour for their bread. This dedication to local suppliers helped them win Restaurant of the Year at the 2008 Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards.
The Krori's three children; Monrusha, Joshua and Fatiha are all hands on deck. Vehemently passionate about her British Bangladeshi heritage daughter Monrusha, a lawyer by training, has personally redesigned the restaurant herself to reflect the Krori's uniquely individual character. Although hidden away, foodies find their way to the restaurant from all corners of the Cotswolds and from further afield. Michael Palin recently enjoyed the "best curry from pole to pole".
Passionate about the local environment, Shamsul and Monrusha have invested 5000 in bespoke jute bags to encourage people to stop using plastic bags. The Curry Corner is proud to be an associate sponsor of what it considers the "Oscars" of fine food, and category sponsor of Newcomer of the Year - a chance to applaud great British talent of the highest order.
133 Fairview Road, Cheltenham, GL52 2EX. Tel: 01242 528 449. www.thecurrycorner.com
BEST INDEPENDENT RETAILER OF THE YEAR
Category sponsor: Gloucestershire First
Gloucestershire First is the focal point for several agencies working in food & drink, retail and leisure & tourism and our sponsorship of this award recognises the importance of the sector to the economy of Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire First is the Countywide Economic Partnership that was established to develop and support the economic well-being of the county. It brings together partners to help deliver the countywide economic strategy.
A number of programmes are managed in order to understand and address the needs and expectations of all business sectors, non-profit organisations and communities. These include the Gloucestershire Food Vision, the country's first food policy framework; Rural and Urban programmes; Investment Service - making a positive contribution to inward investment and development of employment opportunities - and on the tourist front our Destination Management Organisation, promoting tourism and links to food production and visitors.
We work with a wide range of food businesses and organisations offering help and advice, as well as developing policy and strategies that effect food related issues at Regional, National and European level.
BEST FARM SHOP
Category sponsor: BBC Radio Gloucestershire
We're delighted to support Cotswold Life and the Best Farm Shop category again this year. Interest in locally produced food items has risen enormously in the past decade and many of our listeners - who really enjoy their lives here in Gloucestershire - look forward to seeking out one of the local farm or roadside shops. The quality and diversity of the food on offer is second to none. Our interest in this category reflects our commitment to the county - supporting and covering indigenous stories and activities. Once again we rose to the challenge of providing up to the minute news during the snows earlier this year
As the only countywide news based media outlet we are kept busy all year. Our growing audience is testimony to that. I'm confident that our listeners enjoy what they hear and keep coming back for more...rather like those regular customers at the county's farm shops! Good luck to all the entrants - it's been a real challenge to decide on a winner! For more information on BBC Radio Gloucestershire please visit www.bbc.co.uk/gloucestershire/local_radio
London Road, Gloucester, GL1 1SW. Tel: 01452 308585. www.bbc.co.uk/gloucestershire/local_radio
FOOD PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
Category sponsor: Lapstone
Always enthusiastic to be involved with delicious food, the Lapstone team jumped at the opportunity to help judge the finalists in the Food Product of the Year Award. What could be a better task we wondered? Well, as it turned out, nothing! An extremely enjoyable morning was had by the samplers and it re-enforced our sense of amazement at how many local small businesses are creating wonderful foods. We are delighted to support them in any way we can...especially by eating their products.
Lapstone is four years old in October and in that time we have created a reputation for providing our customers with good, straight forward but delicious meals. Recently re-vamped, our caf specialises in lunches - especially summer salads and winter soups. We use as much locally sourced produce as possible and we are always keen to find new suppliers for both produce we can cook and produce we can make available for our customers.
We would like to congratulate all the nominees for this award and wish them all the best of luck for the future. Let's all keep on supporting local food.
Westington Hill, GL55 6EG. Tel: 01386 841611. www.lapstone.net
MOST IMPROVED FARMERS' MARKET
Category sponsor: Royal Agricultural College
The Royal Agricultural College is pleased to be sponsoring the 'Most Improved Farmers' Market' category in the 2009 Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards.
Founded in 1845, the Royal Agricultural College is the oldest agricultural college in the English speaking world. It offers over 40 career-focussed degrees at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The diverse range of subjects includes: Business and Management, Agriculture, Equine, Land and Property Management, Wine Management, Food Supply, Agribusiness and International Rural Development.
The RAC has an unrivalled reputation, both in terms of the quality of its teaching and the networking opportunities available to students. Students benefit from the use of the College farms and the strong industry links maintained by the RAC. Graduates go on to enjoy careers at the highest level across a broad range of industries.
Short courses are also offered at the College's Rural Skills Centre and the Food Centre.
Stroud Road, Cirencester, Glos, GL7 6JS. Tel: 01285 652531. www.rac.ac.uk
CHEF OF THE YEAR
Category sponsor: Hatherop Castle School
Hatherop Castle School is very pleased to be sponsor of the 'Chef of the Year' category in the 2009 Cotswold Life Food & Drink awards, especially as we take very seriously the quality and variety of food provided to the children at our school.
Hatherop Castle School is a Co-educational Day and Boarding Prep School for 2 to 13 year olds. Situated near the borders of three counties our grounds provide a wonderful outdoor learning space for all the children, be they in Kindergarten or preparing for 13+ Common Entrance. The new outdoor classroom has proved a very popular place to conduct all sorts of lessons from the creative arts to science.
The schools commitment to and excellence in the visual and performing arts has this year been recognised by the award of the Arts Council gold Artsmark. Scholarships for our 13+ leavers this year included Radley, Cheltenham College, Malvern College, Dean Close, Kings Gloucester and Rendcomb College.
We pride ourselves on embracing and developing each child's unique talents and personality. All the children are valued for who they are and this shows in their successes at all levels through the school.
For more information visit our website at www.hatheropcastle.co.uk
Hatherop, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 3NB. Tel: 01285 750206. www.hatheropcastle.co.uk
RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Category sponsor: Peter Hickman Hairdressers
The Peter Hickman group comprises six hairdressing salons throughout Gloucestershire. The first was founded in Gloucester in 1957 and Peter Hickman continues to own and manage the group, as well as being a stylist for two days a week.
We use three main manufacturers of products: L'Oreal, Redken and Tigi. Our most successful line at the moment is colouring, with perming taking a back seat, although this could change as fashions dictate.
Since the earliest days, the company has included the in-house school of hairdressing - evidence of Peter's commitment to training and development from the start. The training does not stop when the employee completes their apprenticeship. Our staff are highly motivated people and are ready to move forwards. The importance of highly trained, qualified and motivated staff has always been seen as the keystone of the business.
We achieved recognition for the Investors in People national standard in June 1995 and continue to hold this award. We are proud to sponsor the Restaurant of the Year category at the 2009 Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards.
Russell Chambers, Russell Street, Gloucester, GL1 1NE. Gloucester salon: 01452 520567. Tewkesbury salon: 01684 297860. Stroud salon: 01453 757144. www.peterhickmanhair.co.uk
HOTEL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Category Sponsor: Creed Foodservice
We are delighted to support the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards and proud to sponsor the Hotel Restaurant of the Year category. With such an impressive shortlist the competition is keen, making the winner of this category very special indeed.
Many hotels in our region - including the finalists in our category - pride themselves on offering wonderful menus devised from imaginative ingredients created by the best local talent. We supply the best quality fresh produce, fresh meat, speciality, dry and frozen goods for our customers and we are committed to offering exceptional service and choice. As the leading foodservice wholesaler in the region (and beyond) we pride ourselves on building genuine business partnerships with our customers, adding value through sourcing new and exciting products to keep our customers one step ahead.
We are delighted to celebrate the best of the region's hotel restaurants and offer our congratulations to all three on the short list.
Staverton Technology Park, Cheltenham Road, Staverton, Glos, GL51 6TQ. Tel: 01452 857555. www.creedfoodservice.co.uk
FOOD PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Category Sponsor: Leapfrog PR
We're delighted to sponsor the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards for the first time. As the region's only food and hospitality specialist marketing communications agency we're happy to be associated with the best the Cotswolds has to offer in food, drink and personality!
Leapfrog PR offers a range of services designed to help clients keep one jump ahead of their competition. We devise and implement media campaigns (traditional and online) and deliver integrated solutions including event management, exhibition management, direct mail and e-marketing, design and customer communications (newsletters and e-bulletins).
Our clients range from global brands to local producers, regional and national hotels, restaurants and service providers. They all share one common thread - a passion for great food and hospitality.
We're always happy to attend a no-obligation initial meeting.
Leapfrog PR: food - personality - passion
3 Court Mews, 268 London Road, Cheltenham, GL52 6HS. Tel: 01242 282000. www.leapfrogpr.com