2017’s BBC Cook of The Year begins soon…Written by Shamari Steele
Who will you nominate?
The BBC Food & Farming Awards, the event described by Jamie Oliver as the “Oscars of the food world”, open for your nominations on January 15th. It’s time to start thinking about who deserves to be named BBC Cook of The Year. The Awards were established in 2000 to celebrate “the best of the best” in food and farming throughout the UK; a means of giving recognition to the unsung heroes of food. The team of judges including chefs Giorgio Locatelli and Allegra McEvedy together with BBC1’s “Gastronaut” and food educator, Stefan Gates and presenter of Radio 4’s The Food Programme Sheila Dillon will be searching for this year’s winners including BBC Cook of The Year. This category is for outstanding school cooks, volunteers working in community kitchens, chefs in hospitals, care home caterers and less familiar settings, from prisons to sports centres. Do you know someone who puts their all into feeding their community? Perhaps you know someone who can magic up meals in a work canteen but who rarely receives recognition for their hard work? If so, the judges want to hear about them.
Nominations will be open between 15th – 29th January 2017. If your nomination is successful the finalists will be visited by Allegra McEvedy and Stefan Gates, and their stories will be featured on BBC One’s The One Show and Radio 4’s The Food Programme. Last year’s winner was Dee Woods, a volunteer chef at the Granville Community Kitchen in Kilburn, north London. Dee provides free meals on one of London’s most deprived estates; giving cookery lessons and encouraging people to sit down and share a meal and get to know each other. Other winners include prison caterer Al Crisci who opened the Clink restaurant, encouraging inmates to pursue careers in food; school dinner lady Jeanette Orrey, now a writer and children’s food campaigner and Jane Sen of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, who helped reform the NHS’ approach to care and nutrition.
To find out more go to bbc.co.uk/foodawards On social media use the hashtag #bbcfoodawards