Posted on October 15, 2017
Recognising and celebrating the best food and drink independents in the UK, the Great Food Club awards are divided into five categories with a five-strong shortlist for each chosen by public vote. Expert judges from the Great Food Club then visit and assess each nominee in detail before deciding on the winner.
On choosing The School of Artisan Food as the winner of the ‘Food and Drink Experience’ category judges said: “The sheer quality of teaching and equipment, alongside the passion and skill of the tutors, are the major reasons behind our decision to award The School of Artisan Food this title. Students are able to visit The School and leave with a deep knowledge and appreciation for their chosen subject, whether that is baking, cheese making, butchery or one of the less hands-on courses.
“The School of Artisan Food is a beacon for the transmission and continuation of valuable food skills and provides a satisfying, educational experience for those who attend.”
Julie Byrne, Managing Director at The School of Artisan Food, said: “We always aim to provide high-quality, memorable experiences for all our students and to be recognised for this is just tremendous.”
The School of Artisan Food is dedicated to teaching skills in all aspects of sustainable and artisan food production. People of all skill levels can expand their knowledge through a wide range of short courses as well as an accredited 10-month Advanced Diploma in Baking and professional business courses for new food start-ups and existing enterprises.
A not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, the School’s expertise covers baking and patisserie, cheesemaking, butchery and charcuterie, ice cream and chocolate making, preserves, foraging, charcuterie and brewing of which HRH The Prince of Wales said: “What is going on here at the School is of enormous importance.”
The Awards shortlist was created via online vote throughout summer 2017. Votes were cast mainly by Great Food Club members (they could vote for any independent food/drink business they like) and well over one thousand people took part. Voters were presented with five categories – Producer, Pub/Restaurant/Café, Shop, Street-Food and Food-and-Drink Experience. The top five vote winners in each category made the shortlist.
From there, with 25 businesses on the shortlist, the Great Food Club team visited and spoke to each business. Judged across a variety of areas and scoring 5, 10 or 20, the business with the highest final score won.