Copenhagen’s Bæst and Mirabelle crowned the most sustainable restaurant at the Food Made Good Awards

The Staff Canteen

Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) have named Christain Puglisi’s Italian-inspired restaurant, Bæst and its sister bakery Mirabelle, Food Made Good Business of the Year at the Food Made Good Awards.

The Copenhagen restaurant which is certified organic and sources much of its fresh produce from its own farm, received the award from Raymond Blanc OBE, President of the SRA. The award was one of 17 presented by Blanc and SRA Vice President Prue Leith, at a special ceremony at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Hall in London.

Baest pizza
Baest pizza

Raymond Blanc, who also curated the lunch at the awards ceremony, featuring dishes prepared by Steve Titman, executive chef of Summer Lodge and Nick McGeown from Lussmanns Fish and Grill, as well as Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, said: “The Food Made Good Awards are so critical, recognising the work and commitment of individuals and organisations responsible for bringing new ethics to our food production, and sharing those values in our kitchens and with consumers.

“The awards truly remind us why we are so proud to work in this industry. Food and its production touches every part of our lives; it will define the society and communities of tomorrow, as well as our health and the health of the planet. Each and every one of the winners have demonstrated food’s huge potential as a force for good. I am honoured to play some part in rewarding their significant achievements.”

Bæst and Mirabelle, which received the highest rating in the SRA’s Food Made Good Sustainability rating to win, follow in the award-winning footsteps of their Michelin-starred sister restaurant Relæ, which won the Food Made Good International Restaurant award in 2016 as well as the Sustainable Restaurant award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in the same year. British restaurants in the same category included Daylesford in Edinburgh; bistro Cafe in St Honoré; Bristol tapas restaurant Poco and The Shed in west London.

Baest interior
Baest interior

Customers at Bæst, in the Nørrebro area, can enjoy some of the 350 varieties of fruit and vegetables grown on the nearby farm. Their pizzas use mozzarella freshly made in-house every day using milk from the farm’s 15-cow herd and salami prepped by the chefs using pork from a local free-range drove.

In a bid to make the most of their own food and keep waste to a minimum, the whey from the cheese-making is used to make croissants in the bakery, where customers are encouraged to use reusable bags with a 10% discount on baked goods.
Surplus bread is sent to their chicken supplier and coffee grounds to a mushroom grower while gluts of fruit and vegetables are pickled and fermented. All the electricity it uses comes from hydro-electric power and it is on a mission to slash its energy use – meeting annual 10% reduction targets.

The Food Made Good Awards reward restaurants and food service businesses whose extraordinary accomplishments in the last year have driven progress in the industry and demonstrated that all food can be made delicious, ethical and sustainable.

As well as the ten Food Made Good themed awards there are a further six categories including the Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero Award which went to Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, whose transformative School Food Plan introduced free school meals for all infant pupils and was responsible for the return to the curriculum of cooking lessons. The pair campaigned successfully to maintain their hard-fought gains when the Government’s recent manifesto threatened to reverse their work. The award also recognised the achievement of the Leon founders in bringing healthy fast food to the high street.

FOOD MADE GOOD AWARDS 2017 winners in full:

Support Global Farmers: for the business going above and beyond in ethical sourcing.
Winner: The Breakfast Club
bartlett mitchell
Plymouth University

Value Natural Resources: for the business innovating to better preserve energy and water.
Winner: Sheffield Hallam University
Les Orangeries, Lussac Les Chateaux
Pizza Hut Restaurants

Treat Staff Fairly: for the business doing most to value staff through pay & beyond the paycheque.
Winner: Pizza Hut Restaurants
Sheffield Hallam University
The Breakfast Club, Ten sites in London and Brighton

Feed People Well: for the business doing the most to support adults and kids make good choices when eating out.
Winner: Jamie’s Italian
Artizian Catering Services
Cardiff Metropolitan University

Celebrate Local: for the business making the very most of the larder on its doorstep
Winner: The Gallivant, Camber
Bangkok Canteen, Gloucester
Food in Residence, University of Manchester

Source Fish Responsibly: for the business doing most to help ensure plenty more fish in the sea
Winner: Kingfisher Fish & Chips, Plymouth
London School of Economics
The Bay Fish & Chips, Stonehaven

Serve More Veg and Better Meat: rewarding the most innovative ways of flipping the menu
Winner: Petersham Nurseries
Lussmanns Fish & Grill

Reduce Reuse Recycle: for the most impactful way of keeping as much as possible out of landfill.
Winner: Thali Café, Bristol and Oxford
Costa Coffee
Relae, Copenhagen

Waste No Food: rewarding the very best ways of ensuring food stays out of the bin.
Winner: Gourmet Goat, London
Pizza Hut Restaurants
Poco, Bristol

Support The Community: for the business making food do good as well as taste good in its area.
Winner: Friends House Restaurant, London
Friska, Bristol, Luton, Manchester
The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat

People’s Favourite Restaurant: Publicly-voted award run in partnership with delicious. magazine
Winner: Lucky Beach Café, Brighton
Harissa, Newcastle
Petersham Nurseries, London
The Gate, Three sites in London

Food Made Good Supplier of the Year:
Winner: Vegware
Select Butchery

Food Made Good Champion 2017: The business doing the most to promote positive change via the Food Made Good online community
Winner: OXO Tower Restaurant Bar & Brasserie
Bangkok Canteen, Gloucester
Plymouth University
Yurt Lush, Bristol

Good to Go Award: For the restaurant doing most to prove that you don’t have to remove principles when taking food away
Winner: Chris’s Fish & Chips, Barwell, Leicestershire

Captain Café, Cradley Heath, Birmingham

Green Tomato Café, Brighton

The Captain’s Table, Glengormley, Northern Ireland

Open Right Award: Celebrating a site opened in last 12 months with sustainability built-in.
Winner: Nando’s Cambridge Retail Park

Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero: For individual(s) doing the most to create positive change across the sector
Winner: Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent

Food Made Good Business of the Year: The best in the business, excelling across the board in the Food Made Good Sustainability Rating
Winner: Baest and Mirabelle

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Editor 5th October 2017

Copenhagen’s Bæst and Mirabelle crowned the most sustainable restaurant at the Food Made Good Awards