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BBC Food & Farming Awards 2019: nominations open for BBC Cook of the Year

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Do you know a phenomenal school cook? Or a volunteer chef who puts their all into feeding their community? Perhaps you know someone who can magic up a meal in a prison or a hospital, but who rarely receives recognition for their hard work?

The BBC are looking for the cooks who are often the hardest working people in the food industry, but who are also the least likely to receive national recognition. For this reason it’s important the judges get to hear about the real heroes, the inspirational people serving delicious and healthy food in a public setting. Nominations close at midnight on Monday 18 February 2019. The finalists will be visited by judges Jeanette Orrey (a previous winner of this Award) and Paula McIntyre, with their stories featured on Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

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Previous winners include prison caterer Al Crisci who has now opened the Clink restaurant, encouraging inmates to pursue a career in food;  Jane Sen of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, who has helped reform the NHS’ approach to care and nutrition and Dee Woods, a volunteer chef at the Granville Community Kitchen brining the community together in one of London’s most deprived estates.

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