The days are inching closer to the grand finale of the Foodie Awards which, despite the chaos of the past 18 months, have proved to be a lovely inaugural awards programme championing the food and drink across Warwickshire.
An exciting part of the process is the judging for the Best Chef/Cook category, which will see Glynn Purnell and Andreas Antona assess a ‘cook off’ from four finalists from across the area.
Tobias Reutt of Earlsdon Supper Club, George Cambridge from Warwick Street Kitchen, Jay Alam of Tumeric Gold in Coventry and Baabzi Miah from Baabzi’s Indian Takeaway will all prep and plate a dish to impress the chefs, who will decide which of the signature dishes is the winner, ready for the announcement at the final awards ceremony in July.
The Cook Off will take place at the cookery school kitchen at The Farm in Snitterfield, just outside Stratford, on July 13th. ‘Yummy Brummie’ Glynn Purnell will be tasting the dishes alongside his former employer Andreas Antona, owner of The Cross in Kenilworth.
The Foodie Awards 2021, in partnership with Warwickshire County Council and Visit Coventry, was established to recognise an array of food and drink businesses from producers to chefs, street food traders, restaurants and bars. Categories for the awards also include best artisan food and drink producers, best farm shop, best independent food and drink retailer, best newcomer and best street food trader, as well as best food/drink experience. Three special awards will also recognise businesses and individuals who went above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic – including a COVID-19 Resilience Award backed by Visit Coventry and The Godiva Award, sponsored
by Coventry BID.
All the winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Box at FarGo Village in Coventry, on July 22nd where money will also be raised for The Trussell Trust network of eight food banks in Coventry and Warwickshire.