Created eight years ago, the Slow Food awards are truly democratic – with no prior shortlisting, the winners are simply chosen by whoever gets the most votes. These Awards are so powerful in highlighting Good, Clean and Fair, that like last year, thousands of you voted over the summer. Each nation has its own winners, with the highest number of votes in each category also being the overall UK winner.
In addition to the public vote, each nation director chose their Person of the Year, their stories are below, with one of those of winners being crowned Slow Food in the UK Person of Year as well.
Slow Food England Winners – Winners in Bold are also Slow Food in the UK Winners
Best Butcher Pipers Farm, Devon
Best Baker Peter Cook’s Bread, Herefordshire
Best Greengrocer Farmers, Ludlow
Best Fishmonger Fish House, Ludlow
Best Deli or Grocer Broad Bean, Ludlow
Best Cheesemonger Heritage Cheese, London
Best Market Borough Market, London
Best Restaurant/Food Eatery The Barn, Chichester
Champion Slow Food Product Honey by the Beefarmer,Ashby de la Zouch
Person of the Year: Clare Marriage
Clare is a Slow food tour de force. Along with her husband Michael she heads up Doves farm, growers and millers of heritage grains, including Ark of Taste Einkorn. She is a former member of the board of Slow Food in the UK, and was Chair of Slow Food Berkshire before retiring earlier this year from that role. Nominated by Shane Holland, Executive Chairman, Slow Food in the UK