Foodie Awards Coventry & Warwickshire: Finalists announced for 2022 awards
June 1, 2022

The Foodie Awards are back, and the organisers have announced the finalists for this year’s awards.

The awards, in partnership with Visit Coventry and Visit Warwickshire, are in their second year and celebrate the food and drink scene in Coventry and Warwickshire.

This year more than 200 businesses entered the awards, which include 17 categories taking in quality, service and innovation, including best artisan food and drink producers, farm shop, independent food and drink retailer, newcomer, street food trader and chef or cook of the year. New categories this year also recognise Foodie Start-up, Fine Dining Restaurant and Fine Dining Chef of the Year, as well as the International Taste Award.

From those who entered, 50 finalists have been selected, who are now invited to an awards ceremony at The Box at Fargo Village, Coventry on June 16th.

Paul Foster

The winners will be chosen by a judging panel including chef Paul Foster, of Michelin-starred Salt in Stratford-upon-Avon. He will also decide the winners of the Fine Dining and Casual Dining categories at exclusive cook-off events in June.

Best Casual Dining Chef will be judged by Candice Brown, former winner of Great British Bake Off, and food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden, during a live cook-off on the demo stage at Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park event in Warwick on June 12th.

Candice Brown

Candice Brown said: “I’m delighted to be judging the final of Coventry & Warwickshire Foodie Awards at Warwick Pub In The Park. It’s so great to have a local initiative involved and a fantastic way to see the local cooking talent out there. I’m looking forward to crowning the next Best Casual Dining winner.”

Paul Jones, of Visit Coventry, said: “Visit Coventry is thrilled to be supporting the Foodie Awards for the second year. We are delighted with the response to the Food Hero/Community Award and would like to thank all those who voted for the winner of this category. We appreciate that these are exceptionally challenging times for all businesses right now and, we hope the Food Hero/Community Award will shine a light on those businesses who have gone above and beyond to help support their local community.”

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Foodie Awards Founder Jonathan Smith, of Talk Business UK, said: “With the Foodie Awards only in its second year, we are thrilled with the response from all the food, drink and hospitality businesses that have taken part in numbers far exceeding those of last year.

“The quality and diversity of the entries from those businesses and individuals from across Coventry and Warwickshire will make the final judging extremely hard.”

The Awards will once again be raising money for The Trussell Trust network of eight food banks in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Here’s the full list of finalists in this year’s Foodie Awards:-

Food and Drink Experience Award:

Dough and Brew – Warwick
Enchanted Tea Room – Leamington
Culinary Bites – Coventry

Young Foodie Award:

Pasta Brothers – George Carter, Leamington
Delicious Greek Gyros – Coventry
Veg Food Enthusiast – Katie Todd, Henley-in-Arden

Foodie Startup Award:

St Maur – Alcester
Cureights – Warwick
Trof – Leamington
The Castle and Gin School, Edgehill

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year Award:

The Loft – Coventry
Turmeric Gold – Coventry
The Green Dragon – Coventry

Fine Dining Chef of the Year Award:

Sam Barnett – The Loft, Coventry
Tobias Reutt – Earlsdon Supper Club, Coventry
Colm Jones – The Green Dragon, Coventry

Best Casual Dining Establishment Award:

Dough and Brew – Warwick
Metropolis Bar and Restaurant – Coventry
Sky Blue Tavern – Coventry

Best Casual Dining Chef Award:

Adam Cherrington – Head Honcho Hacienda, Leamington
Sophie Hyam – Culinary Bites, Coventry
Naldo Sheffield – Shefs Food Services, Coventry

International Taste Award Award:

The Cork and Tile – Stratford
Bib Noodle Bar – Coventry
El Greco -Stratford

Farm Shop of the year Award:

The Farm – Stratford
Farmers Fayre – Kenilworth
Hilltop Farm Shop -Leamington

Artisan Drink Producer Award:

St Maur – Alcester
Napton Cidery – Napton-on-the-Hill
Dhillons Brewery – Coventry
Brubl Brewery – Leamington

Artisan Food Producer Award:

Vittle and Smoke -Southam
Little Prince Cakery – Leamington
Prices Spices – Leamington
Bluebell Cottage – Stratford

Independent Food or Drink Retailer of the Year Award:

Lola Provisions – Leamington
Aubrey Allen – Leamington
Wicked Cookies – Coventry

The Best Cafe or Coffee Shop Award:

Forrest Coffee House – Kenilworth
Jacks Shack – Warwick
Esquires Coffee – Coventry
Bumbles Coffee House- Studley

The Best Pub or Bar Award:

Twisted barrel Brewery and Tap House – Coventry
The Coach House – Stratford
Dhillons Brewery – Coventry
The Star and Garter – Leamington

Street Food Trader of the Year Award:

Boxx & Bar – Coventry
Street Chef – Coventry and West Midlands
Feed Fried Chicken – Coventry

Employee of the Year Award:

Kay Dawson – The Farm Stratford
Katie Underhill – Dough and Brew, Warwick
Kevin Prior – Metropolis Bar and Restaurant, Coventry

Food Hero/Community Award:

Langar Aid Project – Coventry
Metropolis Bar and Restaurant – Coventry
The Pod Café – Coventry
Helping Hands – Leamington
Finham Park 2- Coventry
Social media votes for this category, sponsored by Visit Coventry, are still being counted.