29 May 2012 10:06
Tonight sees the inaugural Young British Foodies awards, celebrating the best in British talent in the food and drink sector.
With support from Nuno Mendes of Viajante, Bompas and Parr & cocktail mixologist Tony Conigliaro, the award categories range from mixology, charcuterie, coffee, chefs, mobile outlets and baking.
The awards were founded by food and drink writer Chloe Scott, baker and author Lily Jones and author of Taste PR Amy Thorne.
In a statement on their website, the YBFs said: "They're the people putting food and drink back at the heart of our communities. They're the men and women using lost arts and new skills to bring craft back to the kitchen.
"Perhaps more importantly, they're the people who've come to represent the best of British innovation and entrepreneurship in a struggling economy.
"Whether they're using an airing cupboard as a smokehouse, or putting their own twist on butchery techniques that are centuries old - together they are defining a new culture of food in Britain.
The YBFs Foundation is here to shine a spotlight on this grassroots talent (in the annual awards) and provide a springboard to success with world class mentoring and commercial opportunities."