The UK Food Hero Quality Food Award was introduced to give people in the food and drink industry the chance to nominate a person from across the industry, worthy of a highly esteemed Award for their hard work, passion, enthusiasm and drive.
The nominees for the prestigious UK Food Hero Quality Food Awards have been announced, following a wide array of entries spanning across the food industry. Voting is now open!
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Matthew Ford, operations manager, Creative Nature, was put forward as an individual who “wears many hats” and often works 70-hour weeks to help grow the brand. Besides being operations manager, Matthew is also new product development chef, having masterminded the Chia & Cacao Brownie mix (previous finalist at the Quality Food Awards), and has spent the last year formulating two new mixes. On top of being operations manager, NPD chef and chief NPD taster, Matthew is also the top Sales Person at consumer shows, proving his passion and knowledge of Creative Nature’s products.
James Kingham, senior technical and process development manager at FBDC, was nominated for working to the “highest level of professionalism” and for being “meticulous in all projects”. James has been working in the food industry for 15 years with suppliers and retailers, including Iceland and Marks & Spencer.
Steven Poole, director at Grubworkz, was another one of your nominations, having been in the industry for around 42 years. Steven is no stranger to the Quality Food Awards, having been a judge since the very beginning. Having left his career to start his own company, Grubworkz, Steven works seven days on the business, acting as development chef, new business developer and creative director among many other things.
Breige Donaghy, director of Delicious Food, Co-op, was also put forward for her “instrumental” role in changing the culture of Co-op’s business. Breige has been commended for turning Co-op’s own label products’ quality, innovation and range, becoming one of the retailer’s “brightest leaders”. Breige has also been working tirelessly to drive a commitment to British farmers, ensuring all Co-op fresh meat is 100% British, as well as all fresh outdoor bred.
Rob Talbot, butcher, baker and chef at Free Range Meat Company, was the last of your nominations. Rob was put forward for consistently producing meats, pastries and cakes that are of a “high quality”, with customers commenting on the “wholesome taste of his products, from uncooked meats through to breads and freshly cooked fish and chips”. Rob also works tirelessly to ensure his animals are in the best condition from gate to plate and has been commended for his values, including his work to minimise carbon footprint.