This non-entry category recognises an individual or business in the Cotswold food and drink industry who excels in their role and deserves to be applauded for their work and commitment to the industry. The Outstanding Contribution award is not just a look back over a career, but also a look at the impact this businessperson is having both on the present and the future of Cotswold food and drink.
Best Drinks Producer
This is your opportunity to nominate your favourite drinks product made by a Cotswold producer. Consider the taste, indulgence and if the product is value for money. Does the packaging or presentation clearly state it is from the Cotswolds and what entices you to purchase the product?
Best Food Product or Producer
Today’s Cotswold food culture is a competitive one with consumers demanding top quality products. This category gives you a chance to nominate a food product, made by a Cotswold farmer, producer, retailer or manufacturer. Think about a product you trust or one whose packaging and/or presentation you value and understand more than any other.
Best Newcomer of the Year
This category is open to anyone in the food or drink industry who has started a new venture within the last two years. We want to know what impact they have made on the local community and whether they have started to achieve any success further afield. Are they helping to promote Cotswold food and drink to a new audience?
Café, Coffee or Teashop of the Year
This category recognises that tea and coffee shops are an integral part of the Cotswold food and drink scene, and this is a chance to nominate your favourites. Is there a good selection of coffees and loose-leaf teas to hand? Are the scones freshly baked and served with local jams? We’re looking forward to hearing about your favourites.
Chef of the Year
The Cotswolds is filled with talented chefs who make up the fantastic array of restaurants we have here. The Chef of the Year will be someone who has devoted him or herself to the cause of serving the best possible food. They will display fantastic technical ability, use a wide range of seasonal ingredients, present food in a striking manor and have an understanding of how flavours work together.
Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year
This category is open to any restaurant that makes a significant contribution to Cotswold food and drink culture in their area, offering quality locally sourced produce. This restaurant will offer an incomparable dining experience, everything from the ambience to the service and most importantly the food. Do they use locally sourced ingredients where possible? Look through their wine list, do they have local as well as international wines and champagnes and can the staff tell you more if you ask? We’d expect nothing less from the future Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year.
This category is on the hunt for an outstanding level of service that makes for a truly enjoyable visit to the food and drink venue. The ability to understand and anticipate customer’s needs, good knowledge of menus, and dishes, provenance of ingredients and of familiarity of drinks will all be taken in to account. A personable approach that complements the establishment and enhances the visit is key. They are a person whose achievements have helped put the Cotswolds firmly on the map as an innovative and dynamic place within food and drink.
Pub of the Year
This category combines traditional country drinking pubs and those recognised as dining pubs. The whole experience needs to be taken into account for this category. Customer service, value for money and the quality of the food and drink should all be accounted for. How well does the establishment use and name local suppliers and do they clearly understand their market?
Resilience and Innovation
This category recognises businesses within the Cotswold food and drink industry who have demonstrated innovation, resilience and adaptation, along with support for their local communities. Which business to you has stood out above the rest in overcoming a major challenge?
Sustainability and Environmental
This award recognises businesses that implement sustainable practices and recognise the importance of their impact on the environment. Judges will look for businesses that have reduced their impact on the environment through a specific initiative or can demonstrate a long-term sustainability improvement. Has your local café ditched disposable coffee cups or your favourite restaurant only serving seasonal produce?