Nominations open for Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2018

PUBLISHED: 13:38 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:38 20 June 2018

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The Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards are back and we want you to nominate your local heroes

Visit our dedicated awards website foodawards.cornwalllife.co.uk to nominate in any of the 2018 categories by telling us who, what, where and why they get your vote.

NOMINATIONS CLOSE ON MONDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER 2018 SO GET VOTING NOW!

The judging process

It is not just the quantity of votes we look at but the quality of the nominations are also very important.

Once voting has closed our panel of independent judges will use a set of strict criteria to shortlist our finalists for these awards.

The awards celebration evening

All of our winners will be invited to join us at the luxurious Carbis Bay Hotel on 1 November 2018, where they will be presented with their award.

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The Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards are designed to champion the county’s local food and drink heroes and recognise the extraordinary contribution these businesses - great and small – contribute to our local economy. From butchers, bakers, brewers and chefs to independent retailers and food champions - we want you to nominate your favourites.

Does your local tea shop offer the best cream tea for miles? Is there a locally produced drink that you are proudly serving at your dinner parties? Does your local restaurant offer a sublime dining experience? Do you know a local chef who deserves recognition for devoting themselves to the cause of serving the best possible food?

There has never been a better time to support yours local food and drink scene, so please nominate those people, products and business which are helping to put Cornwall on the map.

Our award winners will be invited to lunch at the luxurious Carbis Bay Hotel on Thursday 1st November, where they will be presented with their awards.

Nominate your food and drink heroes online at our awards website foodawards.cornwalllife.co.uk before 1 September 2018.

Nomination criteria

• Product/Producer of the Year

Sponsored by Waitrose

This category aims to celebrate our local producers that play such a vital role in the food and drink community. The winner of this category will be an individual or company that consistently provides reliable, quality products to customers and who is always wanting to go further. This category celebrates the individual or company who has made the most impact on the food and drink community.

• Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Carbis Bay

The chef of the year is someone who has devoted themselves to the cause of serving the best possible food. Technical ability, use of seasonal ingredients, presentation of the food and understanding of how flavours work together, these are some of the things the chefs nominated will be judged on. This category pits the finest Michelin-starred chefs against those working the local bistro.

• Food & Drink Hero

Sponsored by Westchem

This category celebrates the individual who has made the most impact on Cornwall’s food and drink community. This is someone who goes the extra mile to promote Cornwall to a wider audience and is passionate about local produce throughout. Do you know someone who champions our vibrant local food scene? What sets them high above the rest in terms of achievement? How have they helped to lead the way and made a positive difference. Let us know who is a worthy winner of this prestigious title.

• Hotel Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by Savills

This category enables our numerous hotel restaurants to stand out from the crowd. We are looking for venues that offer a sublime dining experience with fantastic food, drink and superb service. Do you still go out of your way to eat there, even if you are not staying overnight?

• Pub of the Year

Sponsored by Polgoon

Combining country pubs and dining pubs, the whole eating out experience needs to be taken into account in this category. Customer service, value for money and the quality of the food should all be accounted for. How well does the establishment use and name local suppliers and seasonal produce? Are the employees friendly, even if it isn’t your local? Are there local ales, juices and wines available to purchase and if so are they proudly on display?

• Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by Straight to the Sauce

The winner of this category will be the restaurant that – in the judges opinion – offers the best dining experience. It’s not just that it serves the most delicious and well-cooked food. Everything from the décor, the service, the food, the wine list and those little finishing touches that make dining such a pleasure, will be judged for this prestigious award.

• Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year

Available to be sponsored

We recognise that tea shops and coffee shops are an integral part of the Cornish food and drink scene and we’d like to know your favourites. Who makes the best tea or coffee? Is it tea bags or leaves? Is the coffee freshly ground? Who serves the nicest cakes or the best scones? Is the jam homemade and are the sandwiches freshly cut? We’re looking forward to hearing about your favourites.

• Customer Service Award

Available to be sponsored

This award is designed to praise a local food or drink business for their excellent awareness of their customers’ needs. Vote for an establishment where nothing is too much trouble, where they are always willing to help and where attention to detail is key.

• Independent Retailer of the Year

Available to be sponsored

We want to hear about your favourite deli, baker, butcher or food retailer and why you think they deserve this accolade. Look out for establishments that supply products produced and grown here in Cornwall. This retailer must have a genuine passion for our local food scene and a dedication to what it means for the local community.

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