Sustainable Restaurant Association reveals Food Made Good Awards 2018 finalists

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Premium Supplier 12th September 2018

Sustainable Restaurant Association reveals Food Made Good Awards 2018 finalists

Forty of the most progressive purveyors of food and drink appear today on the shortlist for the Food Made Good Awards 2018, the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s industry-leading accolades for businesses helping diners use the power of their appetites wisely.

Between them, this rich mix of Michelin Star and fine dining restaurants, independent cafés and takeaways, high street brands and contract caterers are serving up a menu of practical solutions to some of the biggest sustainability challenges facing the foodservice sector.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, JD Wetherspoon, and The Black Swan at Oldstead, sit alongside Hawksmoor, Petersham Nurseries, and Nando’s on the list. Three operators from Ireland; Kai, Loam and FoodSpace as well as Woods Hill Table in the USA, are also among the finalists.

The Food Made Good Awards recognise restaurants and foodservice businesses whose accomplishments in the last year have driven progress in the industry and demonstrated that all food can be made delicious, ethical and sustainable. The shortlist is a treasure trove of concepts proven to make a positive difference. Every operator can find at least one great idea to try in their business. In a year when there has been a sharp focus on the sector’s impact on the environment, there are a number of shareable solutions.

The proven concepts which can be replicated include JD Wetherspoon empowering kids to choose their own veg, resulting in empty plates and less waste, Cardiff’s Dusty Knuckle Pizza pioneering of an aluminium takeaway box, and five-strong Hertfordshire group Lussmanns Sustainable Fish and Grill demonstrating that you can prosper selling high-end seafood at high street prices.

Raymond Blanc, OBE, President of the SRA, said “The Food Made Good Awards shortlist always delivers incredible examples of what the leaders in our industry are doing to create a better food future. Whether it’s chefs creating beautiful new menus that celebrate vegetables or finding new ways of using less plastic, the Food Made Good Awards are the perfect way to celebrate the people and businesses using food as a force for good. I would urge all chefs and restaurateurs to take inspiration from these sustainability pioneers and follow their lead.”

The winners of the 17 Food Made Good Awards will be revealed at a special ceremony on 1st October at FEST Camden in London. Cinnamon Club, Poco Tapas Bar, OXO Tower Restaurant Bar and Brasserie, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, The Good Egg and Oystermen will all be serving guests dishes created to follow the SRA’s recipe for a better food future – One Planet Plate.

Ten of the categories align with the ten key themes of the SRA’s Food Made Good sustainability framework. Operators fulfilling all ten are the very definition of a good restaurant or foodservice business.

A full list of categories and the shortlisted restaurants are available below.

In addition to the ten themed awards, there are a further seven categories including the People’s Favourite, voted for by the readers of delicious. magazine. The three restaurants on the shortlist are: The Black Swan at Oldstead, The Breakfast Club, Soho and Dusty Knuckle Pizza in Cardiff and the public has been voting for its favourite.

Raymond Blanc’s Sustainability Hero 2018 will also be revealed at the ceremony, following in the footsteps of the likes of Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.