Essex Life reveals the winners and what they said during a fabulous night of celebration at the Essex Life Fine Food & Drink Awards staged at Down Hall Country House Hotel
FIELD TO FORK AWARD
Judge: Robert Gunn Sponsor: The Burgess Group Highly Commended: Deersbrook Farm, Braintree Highly Commended: The Pheasant at Gestingthorpe Winner: ACanteen, Chelmsford
WHAT THE WINNER SAID:
We are so thrilled to have won this award and I hope it will make people listen and understand our aims, and how much we care about where our produce comes from. We are so proud to also grow our own food and winning this award will hopefully help us educate people about us, especially because we are on the high street and there are so many chains around. I think we have won because we are an independent family business on the high street that really cares.
WHAT THE JUDGE SAID:
This is a family-run café/restaurant, bakery and store serving and supplying a wide range of local and regional artisan food and drink products. Established in 2001, they are a first time entrant for these awards. Their recent move to considerably larger premises in central Chelmsford is providing increasing opportunities to promote locally-grown and produced foods. Every dish served is prepared from scratch in its open kitchen using fresh, ethically produced and sustainably sourced ingredients. Managing director Emma Odell speaks enthusiastically about the relationship she has built with local farmers who understand the ethos that runs throughout ACanteen.
Emma’s mother supplies a range of salads, vegetables, fruits and herbs as well as eggs from the family small holding. However, the considerable increase in covers following their recent move is focusing their thinking towards the efficiencies to be gained from growing larger quantities of specific crops.
Gwen Galvis, Charles Renwick, Edward Burgess, Sarah Cooper-Keeble, Robert Gunn and Emma Odell