The organisers of the inaugural National Breakfast Awards have revealed which 16 outstanding breakfasts have made it through to the grand final.
Judges painstakingly whittled down the impressive entries and chose the list of truly talented finalists, who will take part in a live cook-off at Westminster Kingsway College on 30th January 2018. The competition attracted a fantastic collection of entries from across the out of home industry, including from cafés, pubs, bars, casual dining establishments and hotels.
The 16 finalists, representing four different sectors, are:
Cafés: Yellow Bicycle Café in Blandford Forum; Te@6 Tearooms in Ulceby; Mountain Cafe Aviemore; and The Fuchsia Caffé in Tenby.
Restaurants: Pedler Peckham Rye in London; Franco’s in London; The Pantry Edinburgh; and Made By Bob in Cirencester.
Hotels: La Suite West in London; Titchwell Manor Hotel in Kings Lynn; Tillington Hall Hotel in Stafford; and The Bell Hotel in Bucks.
Pubs and bars: The Noel Arms in Chipping Campden; King William IV in Hunstanton; The Lemon Tree Cafe Bar in Teignmouth; and The Brigands Inn in Machynlleth.
At the final, the talented 16 will compete for the National Breakfast of the Year and the Breakfast Chef of the Year titles, as well as Smoothie of the Year. Their dishes will be scored by an industry-leading panel of judges. The awards will be presented later that evening and there is a £1,000 prize up for grabs.
The Smoothie Round, sponsored by Vitamix, will test their skill to conceive and serve a tasty smoothie that is suitable for breakfast time. The contestants will have just 10 minutes to prepare, blend and serve their smoothie. The best will win a Vitamix Blender provided by Jestic.
The expert judges have also been revealed as Steve Slark, chairman of the Beverage Standards Association; Chris O’Neill, group executive chef of The Breakfast Club; Roy Sommer, chairman of The F&B Managers Association of London; and James Scott, executive head chef for New World Trading Company.
“I have always regarded breakfast as being the best meal of the day and certainly the most important,” says Slark. “It really can make the difference between having a great day and an average one. It’s always less planned than dinner or lunch, but can still certainly be the best eating experience. For this reason, I am really looking forward to judging at the awards.”
Henry Norman, editor of Out of Home magazine, which is organising the event, adds: “We have been very excited by the quality and breadth of the entries and can’t wait to try them all! The type of dishes that now constitute ‘breakfast’ are growing all the time, and we promise to keep our judges on their toes and well fed on the day. Good luck to all the finalists!”
The National Breakfast Awards is sponsored by Tetley, Kerrymaid, Diversey, Vitamix/Jestic and Kellogg’s.
For more information, go to www.nationalbreakfastawards.co.uk.