Restaurants honoured at Food Made Good Awards 2017

Leon co-founders Henry Dimbleby (left) and John Vincent (right) with Raymond Blanc
Prue Leith (left) with Henry Unwin (second from left), sustainability manager at Nando's, winner of the Open Right award
06/10/2017 - 09:09
The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) honoured members of the foodservice industry yesterday (5 October) at its annual Food Made Good Awards ceremony, held at RHS Lindley Hall, London.

Raymond Blanc and Prue Leith, the respective SRA president and vice president, handed out 17 awards to teams from restaurants, cafes and universities, all recognised for having tackled pressing ‘sustainability’ issues in the industry over the last 12 months.

Restaurants which collected awards from the two TV chefs included Pizza Hut, Jamie’s Italian, The Breakfast Club and Nandos.

Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, founders of Leon restaurants, collected the Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero Award for their campaign for free school meals and school cooking lessons.

The award also recognised the achievement of the Leon duo in bringing ‘healthy fast food to the high street’.

“The awards truly remind us why we are so proud to work in this industry,” said Blanc. “Food and its production touches every part of our lives; it will define the society and communities of tomorrow, as well as our health and the health of the planet.

“Each and every one of the winners have demonstrated food’s huge potential as a force for good. I am honoured to play some part in rewarding their significant achievements.”

Other big winners included Bæst and Mirabelle, a restaurant and bakery in Copenhagen, which picked up the Most Sustainable Restaurant award, and Lucky Beach Café, Brighton, voted the people’s favourite restaurant.

Full list of winners-

Support Global Farmers: for the business going above and beyond in ethical sourcing

Winner: The Breakfast Club

Value Natural Resources: for the business innovating to better preserve energy and water

Winner: Sheffield Hallam University

Treat Staff Fairly: for the business doing most to value staff through pay & beyond the paycheque

Winner: Pizza Hut Restaurants

Feed People Well: for the business doing the most to support adults and kids make good choices when eating out

Winner: Jamie’s Italian

Celebrate Local: for the business making the very most of the larder on its doorstep

Winner: The Gallivant, Camber

Source Fish Responsibly: for the business doing most to help ensure plenty more fish in the sea

Winner: Kingfisher Fish & Chips, Plymouth

Serve More Veg and Better Meat: rewarding the most innovative ways of flipping the menu

Winner: Petersham Nurseries

Reduce Reuse Recycle: for the most impactful way of keeping as much as possible out of landfill

Winner: Thali Café, Bristol and Oxford

Waste No Food: rewarding the very best ways of ensuring food stays out of the bin

Winner: Gourmet Goat, London

Support The Community: for the business making food do good as well as taste good in its area

Winner: Friends House Restaurant, London

People’s Favourite Restaurant: Publicly-voted award run in partnership with delicious. magazine

Winner: Lucky Beach Café, Brighton

Food Made Good Supplier of the Year:

Winner: Vegware

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