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When not slaving away with only Twitter and mad dog for company, I occasionally have a 'life.' This usually entails cooking for friends, trying far too many wines, and the occasional entire day out. I will post my ramblings, recipes and recommendations here on the 'Gourmet on the Go' blog. Hope you find something of interest!


October 6, 2010

Essex Food and Drink Awards 2010 Results – The Winners are…

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The Essex Food and Drink Awards 2010 ResultsAt last, after many months of customer votes, careful judging and much organisation, the Essex Chronicle, Essex Food and Drink Awards reached its finale at Braxted Park in Witham last night.

It was a joy to attend the awards evening and celebrate the rich diversity and exceptionally high standards of food and drink businesses situated in Essex. 

All of the finalists were brought there by the backing of their customers, which in itself is an unbeatable accolade.  However, there could only be one winner for each category, and in the end the final decision rested with the judging panel and each individual sponsor.

The results are as follows:

Chef of the Future
Tom Booton, Le Talbooth, Dedham

Baker of the Year
Humes, Halstead

Best Hotel Restaurant
Prested Hall, Feering

Best Traditional Pub
Axe and Compasses, Arkesden, nr Saffron Walden

Large Restaurant of the Year
Masons, Brentwood

Small Restaurant of the Year
Contented Sole, Burnham on Crouch
Highly Commended – Maldon Tandoori, Maldon

Best Newcomer Restaurant
The Du Cane, Great Braxted

Chef of the Year
Jonathan Brown, The Du Cane, Great Braxted

Best Essex Retail Product
Fairfields, Farm Crisps, Wormingford, Colchester

Best Farm Shop
Calcott Hall Farm, Brentwood

Best Gastro Pub
Swan, Felsted

Best Restaurant Service
Blue Strawberry, Hatfield Peverel.

 The evening was expertly hosted by Etholle George from BBC Essex and Alan Geere, editor and chief of The Essex Chronicle.  Much, much praise is deserved to Ann Pocock who seamlessly organised this event and has made it the success it is. A fabulous evening was had by all.

Much thanks to Linda (@goodshoeday), Danny (@FoodUrchin) and Steve (@revealseo) for coming down to these here Essex parts, supporting the event and being such fabulous company!  Sorry, no refunds will be given ;)

Photographs and a full write up will be available on the Essex Chronicle website soon…

Cannot wait for next year!

March 30, 2010

2010 Essex Food and Drink Awards launch on 25th March

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Essex Food and Drink Awards 2010

The Essex Food and Drink Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the very best of all things food and drink in Essex. The awards especially honour the champions working across the region’s industry – whether producing, selling or cooking our glorious food. Together they make the county the very best place for purchasing and consuming locally-produced food of unsurpassed quality.

The awards were first launched in 2008 to put a spot light on the industry in Essex. We believe they represent a fantastic opportunity for Essex to positively shine. The standard and quality of products and establishments simply gets better each year reflecting the regard with which these awards are held and we are looking forward to a fantastic competition in 2010.

So if you have visited an Essex Restaurant or pub and enjoyed a particularly good meal or you have been impressed with the produce and service at your local farm shop or baker, then let us know. Who knows they could be a winner this year.

Mark Baumann of Baumanns BrasserieCelebrity Chef and British Master Chef Mark Baumann, Baumanns Brasserie heads up the judging panel to find the Essex Chef of the Year. Mark said “I am delighted to once again be involved with the Essex food and drink awards as we are awash with amazing talent. Essex has been maligned for so long somewhat inexplicably to me, but its now our turn to fight back. The Essex Food and Drink Awards at last highlights the potential in our professional foodies, our fine eateries, suppliers and natural raw and developing talent and brings to the forefront secrets that have for so long been kept.

The awards launched on 25th March. Look out for full coverage in the Essex Chronicle and Brentwood Gazette or visit the awards web site for details of all the categories and how to vote for your favourite places.

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