Created nine 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 autumn. 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.
Best Butcher Pipers Farm, Devon
Best Baker Peter Cooks Bread, Malvern Hills
Best Greengrocer Slemish Market Garden, Ballymena
Best Fishmonger Rockfish, Brixham
Best Deli or Grocer Broad Bean, Ludlow
Best Cheesemonger Neals Yard Dairy, London
Best Market Borough Market, London
Best Restaurant/Food Eatery Cafe St Honore, Edinburgh
Champion Slow Food Product Kentish Hogget, Claringbolds Farm, Kent
Person of the Year: Dan Saladino. Dan has long championed the Ark of Taste. Whether through the BBC Food Programme, or his multi award winning booking Eating to Extinction which has won every award from the Jane Grigson prize to be named in the “100 books you must read” by Time Magazine.
Dan is a storyteller, and he tells the stories of the producers and products in a way which just makes you want to keep exploring with him at your side.
Nominated by the directors of Slow Food in the UK.