Win­ners An­nounced

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

Essex Life - - November -


Judge: Robert Gunn Spon­sor: The Burgess Group Highly Com­mended: Deers­brook Farm, Brain­tree Highly Com­mended: The Pheas­ant at Gest­ingth­orpe Win­ner: ACan­teen, Chelmsford


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.


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

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