Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards - View the Categories and Criteria
By Rachel Haime on April 12th 2012
Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2013 has 10 categories, here they are with their criteria.
Best Restaurant / Fine Dining Experience of the Year Sponsored by The Venue at Junction 24
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.
Best Independent Food Shop of the Year Sponsored by Yeo Valley
Vote for your favourite local food shop in this category, look out for establishments that genuinely supply items produced and grown here in Somerset. This food shop must have a genuine passion for our Somerset food scene and a dedication to what it means for the local community.
Best Food Product of the Year Sponsored by New Century Design
This category is open to anyone who produces food from milk, vegetables to pies or pickles. We are looking for companies or individuals who connect with their communities and use good quality ingredients to provide an excellent finished product.
Best Farmers' Market of the Year Sponsored by Pardoes Solicitors
To judge one farmers’ market from another you really need to have visited a few. Look out for overall presentation of the market, the arrangement of stalls and entertainment and whether it has built upon the needs of consumers and capitalised on the diversity of the region’s local food and drink supply chain. It may even be a new market with only a few stalls that has established itself during the last year. We want to know whether you can taste before you buy and how knowledgeable and happy the stallholders are.
Best Butcher of the Year Sponsored by J Edward Sellars
Consider asking your butcher how their meat is hung, prepared and cut and whether it can be traced to a local farm. Are the staff knowledgeable and helpful? Does the butcher play a key role within the local community? If so, we want to hear from you!
Best Chef of the Year
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.
Best Tearoom / Coffee Shop of the Year
We recognise that tea shops and coffee shops are an integral part of the Somerset 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 it instant or 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.
Best Gastro Pub of the Year
The whole eating out experience needs to be taken into account in this category. Judge customer service, value for money and the quality of the food. How well does the establishment use and name local suppliers and seasonal produce? Is there a distinctive menu which gives stand-alone restaurants a run for their money?
Best Drinks Product of the Year
This is your opportunity to nominate your favourite drink – made by a Somerset farm producer, retailer or manufacturer. Consider the innovativeness of the item and whether this was achieved without compromising on its taste, indulgence and value for money.
Best Somerset Sunday Roast
This is a new category introduced to champion one of the nation’s favourite dishes. Vote for your Best Somerset Roast Dinner, whether served in a country pub, city hotel, restaurant or staff canteen, what counts is the produce is locally sourced and is cooked and served perfectly!
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