2020 Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Award winners

Tom Amery our 2020 Food, Drink & Farming Hero

Tom Amery our 2020 Food, Drink & Farming Hero - Credit: Archant

Dorset Magazine editor Helen Stiles, donned her mask, grabbed her sanitizer and delivered the awards to this year’s winners

Lloyd Brown and David Smith of DarkBear in Bridport

Lloyd Brown and David Smith of DarkBear in Bridport - Credit: Archant

DORSET FOOD, DRINK & FARMING HERO: TOM AMERY

Sponsored by Dorset Food & Drink who are also the Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards headline sponsor

Tom Amery has been around the Dorset food scene for a while, heading up The Wasabi Company - one of the first farms outside Japan to grow wasabi and winner of multiple Great Taste Awards - and the award-winning Brace of Butchers in Poundbury. He is also the MD of The Watercress Company, the UK’s leading watercress grower, and he has taken this locally grown product into some of Dorset’s NHS hospitals setting up fridges with grab bags of free watercress for staff. He is now working with the NHS to get this superfood onto the menu of hospitals, hospices and care facilities.

“He is an impressive individual who really cares about his county and he is passionate about the health benefits of watercress. Tom is a Dorset trailblazer for all the right reasons,” said Helen Stiles, Dorset magazine editor.

Eric Tavernier of Les Enfant Terribles in Weymouth

Eric Tavernier of Les Enfant Terribles in Weymouth - Credit: Archant

BEST LOCAL FOOD/ DRINK DELIVERY EXPERIENCE

Winner: DarkBear Bridport

Highly Commended: Seabeats Weymouth and The Dorset Food Co

Rebecca Hansford of Furleigh Estate who won the collaboration award with Bothen Hill

Rebecca Hansford of Furleigh Estate who won the collaboration award with Bothen Hill - Credit: Archant

CHEF OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by WhitePepper Chef Academy & Cookery School

Winner: Eric Tavernier, Les Enfants Terribles Highly Commended: Jan Bretschneider, Restaurant Roots and Brett Sutton, The White Post

Jamie and Clare Pimbley of The Half Moon at Melplash

Jamie and Clare Pimbley of The Half Moon at Melplash - Credit: Archant

BUSINESS COLLABORATION AWARD

Winner: Furleigh Estate & Bothen Hill Bacchus & Asparagus

Highly Commended: Allen Valley Milk & Pamphill Dairy and Mercato Italiano Bridport Basket

Anthony Cassar of Fruit N Two Veg in Beaminster

Anthony Cassar of Fruit N Two Veg in Beaminster - Credit: Archant

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BEST DINING EXPERIENCE TO GO

Winner: The Half Moon

Highly Commended:Brassica and Truly’s of Westbourne

Jurassic Coast Farm Shop team: Mark Vaughan, James and Eric Sealey based at Winfrith Newburgh

Jurassic Coast Farm Shop team: Mark Vaughan, James and Eric Sealey based at Winfrith Newburgh - Credit: Archant

BEST FOOD & DRINK RETAILER Sponsored by NFU Mutual Wessex

Winner:Fruit n Two Veg Highly Commended:Framptons /Le Petit Prince

Mandy and Peter Morgan of The Book & Bucket Cheese Company in Cranborne

Mandy and Peter Morgan of The Book & Bucket Cheese Company in Cranborne - Credit: Archant

BEST FARM SHOP Sponsored by Furleigh Estate

Winner: Jurassic Coast Farm Shop

Highly Commended:Felicity’s Farm Shop /Steeptonbill Farm Shop

Emma and Alex Young of the Ginger Viking in Blandford

Emma and Alex Young of the Ginger Viking in Blandford - Credit: Archant

FOOD PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Winner: The Book & Bucket Cheese Company

Highly commended:Baboo Gelato /From Dorset With Love

Tom Cooper of Barefaced Brewing in Blandford

Tom Cooper of Barefaced Brewing in Blandford - Credit: Archant

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Saffery Champness Winners: Ginger Viking

Highly Commended: V Dorset Delivery /Weymouth Fresh Fish

Nick Pestana of The Old Thatch, Wimborne

Nick Pestana of The Old Thatch, Wimborne - Credit: Archant

DRINK PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Barefaced Brewing

Highly Commended:Fountain Rock Coffee Roasters /The Dorset Ginger Company

COMMUNITY FOOD & DRINK INITIATIVE AWARD

Sponsored by Clipper Winner: The Old Thatch

Highly Commended: Lizzie Baking Bird and Sherborne Viral Kindness

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