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Probably the finest culinary competition!

After much anticipation and a great deal of excitement, the winners in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2017/18 are finally celebrating being named the best of the county’s best!  The competition, now in its ninth year, is aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector. The results were announced at a glittering Awards Dinner staged at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate in November.  Sadly missing from the proceedings was Antonio Carluccio OBE, who passed away just a week before being due to follow in the footsteps of chefs Marcus Wareing, Jason Atherton and Michel Roux OBE as the evening’s special guest.

The winners of all the categories were presented with trophies which had been specially designed by the Awards team - a framed roman number IX, depicted as a spoon and crossed knife and fork, to represent the ninth year of the competition - by Awards Patrons William Sitwell and Sophie Grigson.  F&B Achiever of the Year, sponsored by Howes Percival LLP, went to Tom Warner and Christina WarnerKeogh of Warner Edwards in Harrington.  For the team at The Hopping Hare in Northampton, the evening was double cause for celebration for not only was 23 year-old Arturs Dzerins named runner-up in the Booker Young Chef of the Year category, but the venue also took the Booker Food Pub of the Year title. Nobby’s Brewing Company of Thrapston were joint winners of the New Local Drink of the Year with their Burnt Ox Blood, alongside Dream Catcher by Northampton Tea Lab Company.

The Northamptonshire Blue from Hamm Tun Fine Foods in Hannington was winner of the Artisan Local Savoury Product of the Year, sponsored by Heygates Flour and Animal Feed, with Phipps Firkin from Neneview Dairy in Stanwick as runner-up.  Artisan Local Sweet Product of the Year, sponsored by Moulton College, was the Honey, Lemon and Ginger Marmalade from Nature’s Fayre in Thrapston, with joint runner-up awards going to Dark Espresso Chocolate from Seed and Bean, Corby, and Gooseberry and Elderflower Gelato from Ganders Goat in Cottingham, which also won the title of One to Watch, sponsored by Whitworth Bros. Ltd Flour Millers.

The evening also shone a spotlight on Eat Out Eat Well, a national scheme run here in the county by Environmental Health Northamptonshire which rewards caterers and eateries who make it easier for their customers to make healthy choices, and saw the top scoring Gold venues from five of the seven borough and district councils being celebrated for their achievement.  They are: Mille’s Café, Wellingborough Mrs B’s, Rushden Reg’s Café, Kings Sutton The R Inn Hotel,  Tapas Bar and Grill, Desborough The Stables Café, Althorp For the full results of the competition, including the chance to watch the videos from the cook-offs and bake-off, please visit

If you are an organization, business or individual interested in taking part in, or sponsoring, next year’s awards, please contact Rachel Mallows on 01933 664437 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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