We are very proud to announce the finalists in the 2015 Great Cornish Food Awards.

The Awards, sponsored by GWR, recognise businesses that go the extra mile to boost the local economy, celebrating businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who produce or serve outstanding food and drink and are leaders in quality, marketing, developing their people and customer care. Crucially, the judges also look for those who are making an economic impact by working collaboratively.

The shortlists for the nine awards categories are as follows:

The Great Cornish Food Retailer Award, sponsored by Cornish Mutual, will go to the retail business or organisation who best embraces the ‘buy local’ philosophy, demonstrating a commitment to supporting their suppliers, encouraging households to do the same and offering a great shopping experience. This year’s shortlisted businesses are: The Cornish Food Box Company in Truro, Etherington’s Farm Shop near Scorrier, and Phillip Warren Quality Butchers in Launceston.

The Great Cornish Food Producer Award, sponsored by the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, will go to a standout food or drink business producing or processing in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly whose ethos embodies the Cornish food and drink scene, and who have made the biggest contribution to moving the industry forward. The shortlist is made up of: Cornish Cheese Company in Liskeard, Deli Farm Charcuterie in Delabole, and Proper Cornish Food Company in Bodmin.
Great Cornish Food On the Go Award - as eating on the go increases, the Cornish street food and pop-up revolution has been growing too.  Sponsored by Abbotts Event Hire, this category celebrates the diversity of meals using local ingredients that you can pick up from a converted van or local takeaway. This category was also open to entries from makers of the not-so-humble pasty - the original Cornish food-on-the-go. This year’s finalists are: BREW Cornwall from Goonearl, The Cornish Pizza Company in St Agnes, and Warren’s Bakery, based in St Just, Penzance.

The Great Cornish Supply Chain Award, sponsored by Cornwall Food & Drink, recognises the business or organisation that is adding value to the local supply chain, either by providing an effective route to market for Cornish produce or via any other initiative that involves different parts of the supply chain. This year’s shortlist includes: The Cornish Pasty Association, The Cornish Food Box Company and Westcountry Fruit Sales.

Great Cornish Pub/ Bar Award is sponsored by St Austell Brewery, and will be awarded to a business that has gone the extra mile to ensure both the food and drink they serve exceed expectations of quality and service, whilst also championing local producers. The shortlist includes: Driftwood Spars in St Agnes, Falmouth Packet Inn in Roseudgeon, and the Pandora Inn in Mylor Bridge.

The Great Cornish Café Award is sponsored by Trewithen Dairy, and celebrates the independent cafés that can demonstrate a commitment to local producers, whilst providing customers with great food and service – and probably the best Cream Tea in the west. This year’s finalists are: Juliet’s Garden on the Isles of Scilly, The Waymarker at Constantine, and Woods Café at Cardinham Woods, Bodmin.

The Great Cornish Restaurant Award, sponsored by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, will be awarded to an establishment where owners, managers, chefs and staff have gone the extra mile to ensure their menus reflect local, seasonal food and drink with service and an experience to match. The shortlist for 2015 includes: No.4 Peterville, St Agnes, Port Gaverne Hotel at Port Isaac, and Rosewarne Manor near Connor Downs.

The Great Cornish Food Experience recognises the cookery schools, feast nights and foraging days (to name a few) that are a burgeoning part of Cornwall’s culinary landscape. This award, sponsored by Wolf Rock Marketing, will celebrate the experience that most enriches participants’ understanding of local food and drink. This year’s finalists are: Philleigh Way Cookery School on the Roseland, Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard near Penzance, and Woodlands Country House B&B near Padstow.

The Great Cornish Food Breakthrough Award, sponsored by Stephens Scown, will go to the business idea, concept, campaign, product or initiative has had the most (economic or marketing) impact on the Cornish food and drink industry in the last 18 months. The shortlist includes: Firebrand Bar & Restaurant in Launceston, Peboryon in Penzance, and Southwestern Distilllery of St Ervan near Wadebridge.

Over the coming weeks a panel that includes top UK journalists, tourism and branding experts, economists and business leaders will undertake the painstaking task of selecting the champions, who will be revealed at a ceremony at the National Trust’s Trelissick House on 21st of September.   At the event, the Awards’ main sponsor GWR will also announce the Great Cornish Food Ambassador of 2015, an honour that will be awarded to a business, organisation or individual doing the most to bring about a step change in people’s relationship with the local food economy.