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Judges for the Food & Farming Awards 2017
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Tough choices and taste sensations: the judges for 2017's Food and Farming Awards

Our judging line-up this year includes:

Best Food Producer

  • Sheila Dillon - BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme
  • Giorgio Locatelli - chef and owner of Locanda Locatelli

Cook of the Year

  • Allegra McEvedy - chef and co-founder of healthy fast food chain LEON
  • Stefan Gates - Gastronaut and TV presenter

Countryfile Young Farmer Award

  • Adam Henson - Countryfile presenter
  • Charlotte Smith - BBC Radio 4's Farming Today presenter

Best Streetfood/Takeaway

  • Paula McIntyre - chef and radio host
  • Romy Gill - chef and owner of Romy's Kitchen

Future Food Award

  • John Vincent - CEO of LEON
  • Mike Stones - Group Editor at Food Manufacture

Best Food Retailer

  • Joanna Blythman - investigative food blogger
  • Gill Meller - chef, writer and River Cottage tutor

Best Drinks Producer

  • Jane Peyton - writer and drinks educator
  • Henry Jeffreys - drinks journalist

What's tonight all about?

Food is about change for the better, not just pleasure

Sheila Dillon

BBC Food Programme presenter

Back in January, we sifted through thousands of nominations to find the best of food and farming not only in the UK, but across the globe. After moving the ceremony from June to September, due to the general election, we are about to reveal who the winners are...

We set up the Food and Farming Awards in 2000 to highlight the people who, through food, are changing Britain for the better: farmers, shopkeepers, cooks in schools, hospitals and other public places, food producers, campaigners, market organisers, street food vendors. People working away, mostly under the media radar, adding to the quality of all our lives but receiving hardly any public recognition.

Since we decided to 'honour those who have done most to promote the cause of good food' —as we said at the launch, the awards have changed a lot of lives and helped influence food policy, both country-wide and locally. And all that change has been your doing. You have been our eyes, ears and tastebuds in every part of the UK. Without your nominations, your interest in passing on what you know about the best in your area, the awards would be meaningless. These are your awards.

Welcome to the 2017 BBC Food and Farming Awards

Live from Bristol

The ceremony is only an hour away, and soon we'll know who the winners of this year's awards will be. Can you wait that long?

Now in its 18th year, the awards are a result of a national appeal by chefs, cooks, food writers and food producers from across the country, calling on you to nominate the people who make food great where you live.

And in 2017, the BBC Food & Farming Awards are going global. For the first time, the judges will be honouring someone who has changed the way the world thinks about food and farming.

The nominations have been gathered and the judges have made their decisions. Stay right here to find out their verdicts.

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