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Food Made Good Awards 2018 finalists include nominations for TUCO members

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Forty of the most progressive purveyors of food and drink appear today on the shortlist for the Food Made Good Awards 2018, the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s industry leading accolades for businesses helping diners use the power of their appetites wisely.

Between them, this rich mix of Michelin Star and fine dining restaurants, independent cafés and takeaways, high street brands and contract caterers are serving up a menu of practical solutions to some of the biggest sustainability challenges facing the foodservice sector.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, JD Wetherspoon, and The Black Swan at Oldstead, sit alongside Hawksmoor, Petersham Nurseries, and Nando’s on the list. Three operators from Ireland; Kai, Loam and FoodSpace as well as Woods Hill Table in the USA, are also among the finalists.

The Food Made Good Awards recognise restaurants and foodservice businesses whose accomplishments in the last year have driven progress in the industry and demonstrated that all food can be made delicious, ethical and sustainable. The shortlist is a treasure trove of concepts proven to make a positive difference. Every operator can find at least one great idea to try in their business.

The proven concepts which can be replicated include JD Wetherspoon empowering kids to choose their own veg, resulting in empty plates and less waste, Cardiff’s Dusty Knuckle Pizza pioneering of an aluminium takeaway box, and five-strong Hertfordshire group Lussmanns Sustainable Fish and Grill demonstrating that you can prosper selling high-end seafood at high street prices.

Raymond Blanc, OBE, President of the SRA, said “The Food Made Good Awards shortlist always delivers incredible examples of what the leaders in our industry are doing to create a better food future. Whether it’s chefs creating beautiful new menus that celebrate vegetables or finding new ways of using less plastic, the Food Made Good Awards are the perfect way to celebrate the people and businesses using food as a force for good. I would urge all chefs and restaurateurs to take inspiration from these sustainability pioneers and follow their lead.”

The winners of the 17 Food Made Good Awards will be revealed at a special ceremony on 1st October at FEST Camden in London. Cinnamon Club, Poco Tapas Bar, OXO Tower Restaurant Bar and Brasserie, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, The Good Egg and Oystermen will all be serving guests dishes created to follow the SRA’s recipe for a better food future – One Planet Plate.

Raymond Blanc’s Sustainability Hero 2018 will also be revealed at the ceremony, following in the footsteps of the likes of Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

FOOD MADE GOOD AWARDS 2018 shortlist in full (TUCO member in bold):

 

Celebrate Local and Seasonal: for the business making the very most of the larder on its doorstep

  • FoodSpace, across Ireland
  • Kai, Galway
  • Loam, Galway

Sponsored by Just Hospitality

 

Serve More Veg and Better Meat: rewarding the most innovative ways of flipping the menu

  • The Good Egg, London
  • Poco, Bristol
  • Woods Hill Table, Massachusetts, USA

 

Source Fish Responsibly: for the business doing most to help ensure plenty more fish in the sea

  • Angel Hill Food Company, UK wide
  • Lussmanns Sustainable Fish and Grill, Hertfordshire
  • University of Plymouth

 

Support Global Farmers: for the business going above and beyond in ethical sourcing

  • bartlett mitchell
  • The Gallivant

 

Open Right Award: Celebrating sites opened in last 12 months with sustainability built-in

  • Claw, London
  • Fhior, Edinburgh
  • Hawksmoor, Edinburgh

Sponsored by Shaftesbury

 

ENVIRONMENT PILLAR SPONSORED BY KINGSPAN

 

Value Natural Resources: for the business innovating to better preserve energy and water

  • Eden Caterers, London
  • Nando’s, UK-wide
  • Sticklebarn at Langdales, Cumbria

 Sponsored by Quorn

 

Reduce Reuse Recycle: for the most impactful way of keeping as much as possible out of landfill

  • Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
  • ODE-truefood, Devon
  • University of Winchester

Sponsored by Paper Round

 

Waste No Food: rewarding the very best ways of ensuring food stays out of the bin

  • Petersham Nurseries, London
  • Vacherin, London
  • JD Wetherspoon, UK wide

 

Good to Go Award: For the restaurant doing most to prove you don’t have to remove principles when taking away food

  • Brunch, Merseyside
  • Joe & ‘Za, London
  • Kingfisher Fish & Chips, Plymouth

Sponsored by Just Eat

 

Food Made Good Supplier of the Year

  • Belazu
  • Belu
  • Squeaky Energy

 

The People’s Favourite: Publicly-voted award run in partnership with delicious. magazine

  • The Black Swan, Oldstead, Yorkshire
  • The Breakfast Club, Soho
  • Dusty Knuckle Pizza, Cardiff

 

Treat Staff Fairly: for the business doing most to value staff through pay & beyond the paycheque

  • The Breakfast Club
  • Cafe St Honoré, Edinburgh
  • Leeming Pilkington

Sponsored by Freedom Brewery

 

Support The Community: for the business making food do good as well as taste good in its area

  • The Breakfast Club, London and South East
  • Harissa Kitchen, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Nando’s, UK wide

Sponsored by One Gin

 

Feed People Well: for the business doing the most to support adults and kids make good choices when eating out

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Farmacy Kitchen, London
  • Gather and Gather, Bristol

Sponsored by Ozone Coffee Roasters

 

Food Made Good Champion: for the individual doing most to engage the industry on the key sustainability issues via the SRA’s online member community

  • Henry Burgess of Henry’s Burgers, Essex
  • Lauren Haffenden of Lakeside at University of Surrey
  • James Crouch of University of Plymouth

 Sponsored by Borough Wines

 

The following awards will be also presented on 1 October:

 

Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero: An individual doing the most to create positive change across the sector

Sponsored by openblue Cobia

 

Food Made Good Business of the Year: The best in the business, excelling across the sustainable board

Shortlist for this award to be published on 14 September

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