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’  

Nuno

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.

Best Places to Eat in Bangkok

Bangkok is famous for its street food, the vendors line every road and exotic aromas fill the city air. In recent years the ‘hi-soc’ (high society) and expat presence has meant a steady stream of contemporary and international restaurants have been welcomed into the burgeoning areas of Bangkok.

 

Nahm – Voted Asia’s number 1 restaurant Nahm is the first stop for serious foodies. It is all thanks to Australian chef David Thompson, whose flair with Asian ingredients wows locals and tourists alike. The décor is inspired by the temples of the ancient Siam city of Ayutthaya while the menu encompasses techniques and ingredients from every part of Thailand. The delicate and delicious starters, flavoursome and creamy curries and daring desserts make Nahm an unforgettable culinary adventure.

 

Gaggan – I had no idea what to expect from this creative and crazy Indian eatery. Housed in a whitewashed colonial-style wooden house in the heart of downtown Bangkok, Chef Gaggan presents progressive Indian cuisine with a twist. The food is brave and bold, expect odd concepts like samosa-flavoured white chocolate. The Chicken Tikka Masala was the best I’ve ever tasted,  marinated chicken in a creamy spiced tomato sauce.

 

Bo lan – Founded and run by two of David Thompson’s disciples, and chef couple, Bo and Dylan promise to serve truly authentic Thai cuisine. The Balance set menu is the best bet, changing seasonally, it is a vibrant and exciting experience for the palate. Beginning with a shot of the odd Thai spirit, yaa dong, the meal then continues with an array of colourful and complex dishes. The presentation is immaculate, each mouthful is packed with a powerful combination of ingredients. I loved the flavours and passion shown in the cooking here, but be warned the food is fiery.

 

Sra Bua – experimental and exciting Thai cooking by Danish chef Kiin Kiin, whose restaurant in Copenhagen has a Michelin star. The set menus offer an individual and unique interpretation of familiar Thai recipes. Particularly memorable was the speciality Cold Lobster Red Curry Ice-cream and the Beef Braised in Oyster Sauce which is served with whole stems of green peppercorns and fragrant Thai basil. Sra Bua even conquers the conundrum of the Thai dessert offering a magical melting candyfloss construction containing coconut and frozen egg yolk. Be sure also to try their own-brewed beer with lemon and lime.

 

Quince – Offering casual European food in a cool contemporary dining room. Indulge with a fresh juice and crisp spiced lamb cigarillos whilst admiring the vintage design. Located in the trendy Sukhumvit district, they are plenty of places to shop nearby.

 

Salt Aree – venture out of the centre of town to the leafy and quiet Ari District where you’ll find this super hip restaurant and bar. With design conscious furnishings and an al fresco seating area you could be in New York or London. Enjoy a drink at the wine and cocktail bar, or choose from a varied menu which includes sushi and sashimi, pizza (cooked in the wood fired oven) and tempting desserts. I recommend the Bangkok Mule cocktail, made with rum, ginger and lemongrass.

 

Soul Food Mahanakorn – despite being run by an American, Soul Food offers authentic and stylish Thai food and strong tasty cocktails. Located on busy Thong Lor road this petite restaurant is cosy and inviting with a warm wooden interior and original artwork on the walls. Sit at the bar, order a spicy, tequila based Bung Bang Fai cocktail and some crispy chicken wings and samosas. I’m salivating at just the thought of it!

 

Rocket – this Sweden owned and run café has a typical Scandi look, which stands out amongst the Bangkok venues. Offering delicious coffee, made from carefully sourced exotic beans, no two cups are the same. Pop next door to Lady Brett (owned by the same brothers) for weekend brunches.

 

Thip Samai – this famous Pad Thai outlet lives up to expectations, it is always full for eat in and takeaway. Order the classic, or the egg wrapped speciality, then personalise with the condiments at the table: chilli flakes, sugar, fish sauce, crushed peanuts and lime. Sweet, sour, salty and super tasty, and costing the equivalent of £1 a plate, this pad thai is unmissable. Order a coconut ice or fresh orange juice to wash it down with.

 

Nai Soi – impossible to find, but worth the struggle. This little indoor canteen offers steaming hot bowls of delicious beef noodle soup with tender meat and flavoursome watery vegetable filled broth.

 

Sompong Cooking School – this lovely little cooking school takes students to a local food market, explains the vital ingredients for key Thai dishes, and teaches you to make an authentic and delicious food.

Wilderness Festival 2014, Cornbury Park

I spent the whole of Monday feeling gloomy and down, which I now realise was Wilderness withdrawal symptoms. It was my first time at this imaginative festival which celebrates food, music, literature, fashion, crafts and nature. In existence for a few years now this boutique event is steadily growing to meet demand, but despite the 29,999 other guests I did not feel cramped or crushed by crowds, in fact queues barely exist here. The secret? Everything is worth experiencing so there’s never a squash to try the best food or listen to the best music, the festival-goers are evenly spread amongst the tents and stages.

Wilderness takes places in Cornbury Park, near to Oxford and just 90 minutes drive from London. There is also an affordable and speedy train which delivers you there in just over an hour. We arrived late afternoon on Friday to set up our tent, though some had come to nab the best spots on Thursday. Wellies on and glitter applied, we set off to discover the wilderness.

This festival truly embraces the quirks of the countryside; stages are cleverly  placed at the foot of hills (to increase viewing possibilities) and the lake and valley are put to good use with swimmers splashing about throughout the weekend and parties being held amongst the unruly foliage.

I had jotted down a few acts I was keen to see and food outlets I wanted to try, but aside from that let myself be relaxed and ruled by chance. There are numerous free activities to take part in: I made a lovely hand stitched leather Mulberry bracelet, glazed a ceramic bowl, created a floral headdress with Accessorize and even carved my own wooden spoon in the Victorinox tent.

Food is extremely well represented at Wilderness Festival. Magnificent 10-course feasts are put on by the UK’s finest foodies: Angela Hartnett presented an Italian banquet whilst Moro held a dinner of sherry and Middle Eastern recipes. Other chefs, like the Saltyard Group’s Ben Tish, host cookery classes to teach particular techniques and styles of cooking. If you couldn’t afford these pricey options there were plenty of cheaper but equally flavoursome alternatives. We ate a scrumptious bacon butty at Hix and tried the revered donuts at St John. I excitedly tried to sample as many of the other vendors too; strong roasted coffee from Allpress was a blessing in the mornings, burgers from Bleecker Street were unmissable and pear and pink peppercorn ice-cream from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium provided the perfect dessert.

To drink, guests have a daunting choice. Laurent Perrier‘s whimsical Orangery had a selection of sparkling cocktails for a special treat whilst Zubrowka taught us about the history of the famous Polish spirit whilst mixing fruity cocktails for us to try.

Musical highlights included Gregory Porter‘s soulful set – his smooth voice paired beautifully with his virtuosic sax player’s runs. Joan as Policewoman gave a sterling performance with her devoted 3-piece band; I loved The Magic with a rising arpeggio sequence very similar to JT’s Cry me a River. She finished with a particularly heartfelt rendition of classic acapella with her team. It was very special to see artists new and old thrill the crowd; Saturday night saw Burt Bacharach majestically entertain us with a set list of renowned classics, of which Raindrops keep falling on my head was especially relevant. On Sunday night younger, more mainstream star Sam Smith sung with sparkling tone and unfaltering commitment even as the rain soaked the audience.

Wilderness is about so much more than the music, you turn every corner to find a new curious and creative surprise, whether it be trapeze artists tumbling through the air, Shakespeare enthusiasts reciting sonnets, a white-clad cricket match or simply a sunset yoga class to get involved in. You will leave Wilderness feeling inspired, more knowledgeable and enthused about life. The early bird ticket offer for 2015 is now available, join the sequined brigade and buy a ticket here.

More information and book ticket for Wilderness 2015 here.