Winners of the Essex Food and Drink Awards 2015

PUBLISHED: 15:44 02 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:22 15 October 2015

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On October 1, guests gathered at a glittering awards ceremony at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath to celebrate the best of the Essex food and drink industry.

Top Chef

Nominees for this category were local chefs passionate about food that create dishes to the highest standard. Judges were looking for a perfectionist – the alchemist who consistently transforms local seasonal produce into winning combinations. Find out who won...

Best Family Dining

Judges were looking for a place that never fails to keep the kids happy, without forgetting the parents – a venue that offers tasty, nutritious children’s meals and entertainments in a welcoming environment. Find out who won...

Pride of Essex Award

This award recognizes individuals and businesses which actively and proudly promote the great local produce Essex has to offer residents within the county and further afield. Find out who won...

Destination Dining Venue

Judges were looking for the place you are happy to travel to because you can be sure of show-stopping food as part of a great day out. Find out who won...

Field to Fork Award

Judges were looking for a shop, restaurant or stall that clearly demonstrated the provenance of its food and had plenty of Essex produce. Nominees for this category had staff able to tell customers where the food came from and exactly how it was reared or grown. Find out who won...

Best Essex Producer

Nominees for this category were those who grow, brew or make exceptional food or drink in Essex. Find out who won...

Top Farm Shop

Judges were looking for a local farm shop that was a treasure trove of enticingly displayed, well-priced Essex produce, where the staff really knew their stuff. Find out who won...

Top Coffee or Tea Shop

Nominees were businesses that make tea feel like a special event, with freshly cut sandwiches and homemade cakes and scones made with locally sourced ingredients. Find out who won...

Customer Service Award

Nominees for this category were places that blend warmth and courtesy with knowledge and efficiency. Judges were looking for service that was just right – not lacking, but not intrusive either. Find out who won...

Restaurant of the Year

Judges were looking for restaurants that offer extraordinary service and delicious food to create a unique dining experience. Find out who won...

Pub of the Year

Judges were looking for those pubs that know exactly what is required to keep the regulars coming back – whether this was great food, an inventive wine list or acting as a hub for the community. Find out who won...

Food Education Award

This award champions the individuals, organisations or initiatives that help educate either children or adults in the origins of their food and how they can do more to purchase and consume the best local produce, supporting our local farmers. From schools with special projects to farmers opening their gates, this award aims to reward those that inspire and inform us about our produce. Find out who won...

Essex Life Food and Drink Hero Award

This category celebrates the individual who has made the most impact on the Essex food community. Find out who won...

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