BBC Food and Farming Awards 2018 - Open for Nominations

BBC Food and Farming Awards 2018:  Open for Nominations


Rick Stein, Andi Oliver & Yotam Ottolenghi help launch the BBC Food & Farming Awards for nominations in 2018 in a special edition of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme presented by Sheila Dillon on Sunday 14 January.

Some of the biggest names in British food and drink have helped to launch 2018's search for the best in UK food, drink and farming as the BBC Food & Farming Awards return with nominations opening for two weeks from Sunday 14 January. 

Celebrating unsung heroes of UK food and farming – from school cooks to chip shops, cider makers to supermarkets, corner shops to carrot farmers - nominations are now open for the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2018 and judges including Andi Oliver, Sheila Dillon, Tom Parker-Bowles, Adam Henson and Romy Gill want to hear about the best food and drink producers, street food and takeaways, shops, farming and cooking heroes up and down the country. 

Nominations are open from Sunday14 January until midnight Monday 29 January:

Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @bbcfoodprog #bbcfoodawards


The judges are looking for audiences to nominate in a range of categories: Best Food Producer, Best Drinks Producer, Best Shop or Market, BBC Cook of The Year, The Farming Today Future Food Award, Best Street Food or Takeaway and Countryfile’s Farming Hero Award. 


Helping to launch the awards, presenter of BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen and this year’s head judge Andi Oliver said, "Think about when you've been most happy eating, or shopping, or finding food. Think about the people that you've met who have a little light in their eye. Think about the food and the people you see, and pass by every day that make you think 'oh my god they're still out working on farms, cooking in kitchens, caring for pigs, harvesting crops or making cheese’, everyday people doing wonderful things. That's who we're really excited about finding, everyday wonderful people doing extraordinary things. I can't wait, I really can't."



Judge of the Best Shop or Market category, Tim Hayward, writer, broadcast and restaurant critic said “I’m really keen to find the shops and market traders who are the real guardians of all that’s great about food in the UK. Those local institutions where amazing expertise, impeccable taste and specialist knowledge mean that walking into a shop or standing by a stall makes you feel like you’ve walked into a different world of magical smells and delicious flavour. We really need to be told about these places in the nominations”.



More details on all categories and criteria for entry can be found at


·         The BBC Food & Farming Awards, finalists and winners will feature on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen and Countryfile. Radio 4’s The Food Programme, You & Yours, Farming Today and On Your Farm as well as the BBC World Service and across BBC Local Radio and national radio stations.

·         Nominations are open for two weeks (14 – 29 January) via   

·         As the longest running food event of its kind in the UK these awards have captured changes in food and drink in Britain over the last decade. Previous winners tell stories ranging from an explosion in the UK street food scene to the revolution in school food.


For more information about the BBC Food & Farming Awards, or to request images and interviews, contact:

Notes to Editors

The 2018 Judges are:

·         Andi Oliver, broadcaster and chef

·         Sheila Dillon - presenter, BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme

·         Mitch Tonks, restauranteur

·         Jaega Wise, drinks writer

·         Tom Parker Bowles,  food and drinks writer

·         Nigel Barden, broadcaster and chef

·         Romy Gill, chef and writer

·         Kathleen Kerridge, writer for The Guardian

·         Mike Stones, food journalist

·         John Vincent, co-founder of Leon restaurants

·         Tim Hayward, food writer and broadcaster

·         Fiona Beckett, food and drinks writer

·         Adam Henson, farmer and broadcaster

·         Charlotte Smith, presenter, Farming Today

·         Paula McIntyre, broadcaster and chef

·         Stephen Terry, chef and restauranteur

·         Rachel McCormack, writer and broadcaster

•          Once the judges have selected a shortlist for each of the categories, they will visit each finalist in person. Winners will be announced at the BBC Food & Farming Awards ceremony in Bristol on Wednesday 13 June 2018.

•          The Food Programme is on BBC Radio 4 every Sunday at 12.30pm and repeated on Mondays at 3.30pm. Listen again:



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