Wahaca, Feng Sushi and Café ODE win big at the Sustainable Restaurant Association Awards
cafe-ODE, in Shaldon, Devon, has followed its partner restaurant ODE-dining in becoming Sustainable Restaurant of the Year, in the second year of the awards organised by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), in association with Unilever Food Solutions.
Mark Linehan, managing director of the SRA, paid tribute to cafe-ODE owners Tim and Clare Bouget: “To set out to open the most sustainable restaurant and achieve it is a terrific feat. To do it twice is extraordinary. Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of cafe-ODE’s success is that it is a very popular local restaurant, serving high quality, but simple, well sourced food in the heart of a thriving community. It epitomises the efforts and achievements of all the Sustainable Restaurant Awards winners.”
Most Sustainable Small Restaurant Group of the Year, Wahaca, co-owned by former Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby, repeated its success of 2012.
The award for Most Improved Restaurant was won by Babylon in London in recognition of its improvement in all 14 of the SRA’s key sustainability areas. Most notably, it increased its commitment to responsibly farmed meat and dairy as well as sustainable fish, began measuring its food waste and introduced eco-doggy boxes. The restaurant also raised £120,000 for charity.
Feng Sushi, the small group of Japanese restaurants in London, picked up the Innovation award. The judges applauded the group’s commitment to work with UK producers to grow vegetables traditionally sourced from overseas as well as effectively ensuring a reliable supply of sustainable, seasonal fish.
Marriott Hotels International, with 58 sites across the UK, has been named Sustainable Large Restaurant Group of the Year.
Sheila Dillon, presenter of the BBC’s Food Programme is also recognised for her unstinting efforts to champion responsible food production and sourcing. She was presented with the Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero Award by the chef patron of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, who is also President of the SRA, at the awards lunch at OXO2 in London.
Presenting Sheila Dillon with her award, SRA President, Raymond Blanc said: “Sheila has always been a luminary. Never compromising, always curious, we both share the desire for chefs to reconnect with British farming and to encourage everybody to reconnect with their local community and great British food. She has a marvellous sense of ethics which makes her the perfect recipient of this award and has a deep understanding of how the world works and what we need to do preserve and protect it.”
The full list of winners:
Sustainable Restaurant of the Year
Sponsored by Southbank Fresh Fish
Sustainable Small Restaurant Group of the Year
Sponsored by Specialist Waste Recycling (SWR)
Wahaca, nine sites in London
Sustainable Large Restaurant Group of the Year
Sponsored by Chapman Ventilation
Marriott Hotels International
Sustainable Pub of the Year:
Sponsored by Element 29
Preston Park Tavern, Brighton
Sustainable Hotel Restaurant of the Year:
Sponsored by Foodspeed
Dixcart Bay Hotel, Sark
Scottish Sustainable Restaurant of the Year:
Sponsored by W Denis Insurance Brokers
The Bay Fish and Chips, Aberdeenshire
Welsh Sustainable Restaurant of the Year:
Sponsored by EcoPure Water
London Sustainable Restaurant of the Year:
Sponsored by Paper Round
Friends House, Euston Road
SRA Award for Sourcing:
Sponsored by Reynolds
River Cottage, Devon
SRA Award for Society:
Sponsored by Steelite International
Cafe St Honoré, Edinburgh
SRA Award for Environment:
Sponsored by London Linen Group
SRA Award for Most Improved Restaurant:
Sponsored by Raimat
Best Food Waste Strategy:
Sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions
The Savoy, London
Sustainable Innovation Award:
Sponsored by Eureka Executive
Feng Sushi, Eight sites across London
Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero: