The YBFs 2014 awards, Tate Britain

The YBFs 2014: Winners Line Up

3rd September 2014, 8pm

The Winners of the YBFs 2014 were announced this evening at a ceremony hosted at TATE Britain and attended by many of the great and good of the food industry.

The YBFs Awards has firmly established it’s role to discover and shine the spotlight on new and innovative UK food talent.  In its third year, the winners line up is stronger than ever; Chloe Scott Moncrieff, food journalist and one of the three founders explains; “The awards have been extra special this year. From the ballsy butchers to the incredible bakers to the new young chefs, not only was the calibre of YBF finalists dazzling, but awards night at Tate Britain was a stellar affair. It was wild and most importantly, celebratory. We’re here to celebrate the new young food & drink talent coming through across Britain. This year, nearly 50 % of our winners weren’t London-based but hailed from everywhere from Cornwall to Suffolk to Scotland, showing the Young British Foodies is a truly national movement”

There are ten categories judged by an impressive list of judges.. and the winners are…

CATEGORY:      FOOD-WRITING     JUDGES:            Yotam Ottolenghi, Tracey MacLeod, Marina O’Loughlin and Fay Maschler       WINNER:          Misti Traya: Chagrinnamon Toast“There’s something fresh and candid, almost cheeky, in Misti’s voice; it is disarming and charming.”

Yotam Ottolenghi

CATEGORY:     COCKTAILS & ALCOHOL JUDGES:           Judged by Tony Conigliaro, Alice Lascelles, Gareth Smith and Anistatia MillerWINNER:         Carl Brown: Daru-wallah of DishoomCarl Brown is a win! Love the “pegged” service technique, using 2 different sizes of bottles, allowing customers to pour their own and add the “dividend” when desired. The fact that the drinks are barrel-aged for service makes it a double win. LOVE the story behind the concept. Historical relevance is sexy.’

Anistatia Miller

CATEGORY:     CHEFFING JUDGES:          Nuno Mendes, Margot Henderson and James KnappettWINNER:         Tomos Parry: Climpson’s‘Tomos proposed a super tasty and very interesting 5 course menu focusing on the use of the grill and charcoal, where every dish showcased this technique in an innovative and delicate way. His past cooking experiences together with his current offer at Climpsons Arch make him a perfect candidate for the YBF’s’  


CATEGORY:    HONORARY JUDGES:         Amy Thorne, Chloe Scott and Lily Vanilli (YBF FOUNDERS)WINNER:       Dana Elmara: founder of ArganicDana won because not only is her argan oil from the Berbers in Morocco delicious, healthy and will give all British salads a makeover but the story behind her business, is incredible, emotionally inspiring and shows she has a truly doughty spirit.”

Chloe Scott-Moncrieff

CATEGORY:     MEAT JUDGES:          James George , Richard Turner & Neil RankinWINNER:        Tim Matthews: The Artisan Smokehouse“The Artisan Smokehouse’s provenance and attention to detail shone through. Delicious. We also loved the use of Tim’s dad’s allotment for the vegetables.”

James George

CATEGORY:    BAKING JUDGES:          Lily Vanilli, Claire Ptak and Tom BakerWINNER:        Sarah Lemanski: Noisette Bakehouse“It was Sarah Lemanski’s incredibly versatile creativity with the flavour and presentation of her baking, as well as her passion and the work she does helping her local food community to grow that made her stand out from very stiff competition. Sarah embodies the YBFs and we will be proud to have her as an ambassador.”

Lily Vanilli

CATEGORY:   COFFEE JUDGES:         Tim Styles and Marco ArrigoWINNER:        Luke Suddards & Hugh Duffie: SandowsEnterprising, enthusiastic, courageous, passionate and driven, Hugh and Luke are exploring unchartered waters in the UK coffee market. Ones to watch — now and into the future — Sandows London are the Coffee category’s 2014 Young British Foodies.”

Tim Styles

CATEGORY:     NEW! 2014 Vegetables winner JUDGES:           Bruno Loubet, Simon Rogan and Ms Marmite LoverWINNER:         Sean O’Neill: the Modern Salad GrowerI am very pleased that Sean O’Neill from the modern salad grower has won the vegetable category. His unique collection of a seemingly common ingredient – a bunch of leaves presented in a shot glass, masquerading as a lemonade – really blew the judges away. In a city overrun by trends and fads, both the winner, and the Young British Foodies Foundation have reminded us to put the ingredient back in the heart of the dish. I am very pleased to be associated with these awards truly represent the best of British innovation and entrepreneurship.

Bruno Loubet

CATEGORY:      Street-food JUDGES:           Petra Barran, Claire Kelsey and Nichola SmithWINNER:          Radhika Mohendas:Dorshi “Dorshi’s expression is one of colour, creativity, fun and a staunch commitment to sourcing locally. Their presence on the street stands out tenfold. It’s healthy to boot. They’re effortlessly kewl and just the ticketfor any street food event.”

Petra Barran

CATEGORY:      Experiential JUDGES:            Bompas and Parr and Alexa PerrinWINNER:          The Robin Collective

The awards evening has been a celebration of The YBFs and guests were invited to taste the culinary talents of some of the YBF entrants, including Dishoom, Artisan Smokehouse and The Exploding Bakery. Guests enjoyed a twist on Earl Grey in cake form from Ahh Toots Feast and pancakes with  Argan Oil collaboration with Bethany Kehdy ; back for a second year with new creative cocktails from Chase vodka, extra sweet honey beer by Hiver Beer and carefully selected Prosecco, White and Red wine from Tate Food.

The YBFs was founded by Chloe Scott-Moncrieff, food journalist; baker Lily Vanilli, Lily Jones, and Amy Thorne, founder and MD of TASTE PR.

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