Now in its twelth year, the BBC Food & Farming Awards recognise the best, most inspiring food producers in the UK. Year on year, the awards have proved that good food doesn't necessarily mean expensive food. This is the awards where farmers, artisan producers and dinner ladies are celebrated and good food is central to our daily lives.
This year, Richard Corrigan, restaurateur, was in the chair and assisted by Charles Campion, food writer and broadcaster, Sheila Dillon, Jeanette Orrey, winner of Best Dinner Lady in the 2003 Awards, Simon Parkes, a Michelin Guide inspector during the 1980s and now a writer/broadcaster alongside other leading experts.
The winners were announced on 23rd November and will be featured on BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme with Sheila Dillon and on Farming Today, as well as on BBC Local Radio.
The Categories are as follows:-
BEST FOOD MARKET
Winner in 2011: Bolton Market
Where is Britain's best food market? It can be a regular street, WI or farmers' market, serving the local community providing fresh, high quality and affordable food, particularly in areas neglected by other retailers.
Winner in 2010: Stroud Farmers Market
Winner in 2011: Jack and Linda Mills, The Brighton Smokehouse
Whether it's good old fish and chips, Middle Eastern falafel or an inspirational curry this category celebrates the people taking takeaways and street food to a whole new level.
Winner in 2010: Mr Dutchy's Caribbean Takeaway, Northampton
BEST FOOD PRODUCER
Winner in 2011: Loch Arthur Creamery
Open to anyone who produces food - whether it's cheese, meat or pies, salads, cakes or chocolate.
Winner in 2010: Baker, Alex Gooch, Hay-on-Wye
BEST DRINKS PRODUCER
Winner in 2011: The Bristol Beer Factory
Do you know of an inspirational brewer, wine maker, distiller or juice-maker, using carefully sourced ingredients and skill to produce an outstanding drink?
Winner in 2010: Wye Valley Brewery
BEST LOCAL FOOD RETAILER
Winner in 2011: The Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop
This award celebrates all those local shops that make our lives more delicious, from butchers and farm shops to bakers and delis.
Winner in 2010: Darts Farm Shop, Devon
BBC FARMING TODAY, FARMER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Winner in 2011: Andrew Hughes, Trinley Estate, Andove
The award is for someone who has risen to the challenges of sustainable farming in the 21st century and who has been a source of encouragement and inspiration to others interested in food production and the countryside.
Winner in 2010: Jonathan Birchall, Farm Manager for Pilkington Farms, Hitchin
BEST "DINNER LADY"/ PUBLIC CATERER
Winner in 2011: Wayne Wright, Harper Adams University College
The category for cooks who make mealtimes in our hospitals, care homes, schools or workplaces a delight, where tasty and healthy food is prepared on the premises with fresh, carefully sourced ingredients.
Winner in 2010: Bob Davies, Easingwold Secondary School, York
BEST RETAIL INITIATIVE
Winner in 2011: The True Food Community Co-operative Ltd, Berkshire
The judges aer looking for an innovation that's improving the way good quality food is sourced and sold. It could be an initiative by a national supermarket, a wholesaler, a website, or a chain of food shops.
Winner in 2010: Sainsbury's Carbon Footprint Initiative
DEREK COOPER AWARD
Winner in 2011: The Food for Life Parnership, Bristol
Named after The Food Programme's first presenter, for the individual or organisation doing most to bring about real change in our relationship with food. From grassroots community projects to academic research and campaigns, this award aims to recognise the unsung heroes whose work has increased our access to, and knowledge and appreciation of, good food.
Winner in 2010: Richard Lutwyche, for work on traditional breeds
BBC FOOD CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Winner in 2011: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for work on the Fish Fight Campaign
Who has inspired you to think differently about food? It could be a writer, broadcaster, blogger or television chef; any commentator who in the past twelve months has used their work to give us fresh insights into the food we eat.
Winner in 2010: Richard Bertinet, Bath, for campaigning work on bread