A breakfast takeaway in Merseyside has been named the winner of the Good to Go award at the Food Made Good Awards 2018.
Brunch Bistro in Whiston, which uses ethically sourced coffee, local eggs and recyclable packaging, was presented with the accolade by the Sustainable Restaurant Association at its annual awards ceremony last night at FEST Camden in London.
The Liverpool takeaway opened in 2013 and serves the traditional full English breakfast as well as salad boxes and smoothies, all with the promise of being freshly made. It uses two types of packaging for its food, one is a three times recyclable plastic compartment box while the second is black polystyrene which is 100% recyclable. Its hot drinks are served in compostable cups and all its equipment and furniture is second-hand and upcycled.
The category, sponsored by Just Eat, rewards a business whose main focus is takeaway (more than 50%), and which is helping to drive the sector forward in a positive way. Runners-up in the category were Plymouth chippy Kingfisher Fish & Chips, which serves up a dozen sustainable seafood species, and London café Joe & Za, which has ditched all single-use plastic and donates surplus food to local charities.
The Food Made Good awards recognised 16 additional restaurants and foodservice businesses whose accomplishments in the last year have driven progress in the industry and demonstrated that food can be made delicious, ethical and sustainable.
Lussmanns Sustainable Fish and Grill was awarded The Source Fish Responsibly award after a five-year plan to overhaul its seafood menu now sees diners enjoying ten different dishes featuring eight species – 90% of which are Marine Stewardship Council certified. Cod cheeks, mackerel, crab, hake and bream are just some of the varieties on the menu.
In the only publicly voted award, Dusty Knuckle Pizza in Cardiff won the title of the People’s Favourite with its mix of tasty, locally sourced toppings delivered in a waste-busting aluminium box.
Seaside café ODE-truefood scooped the Reduce Reuse Recycle award for running a community-wide campaign to rid its village of the scourge of single-use plastic, while JD Wetherspoon won the Waste No Food award for its successful 2018 war on food waste campaign. This saw it offering smaller portions of favourite dishes, feeding thousands of people with surplus via Fareshare and switching waste contractor to send unavoidable waste to anaerobic digestion.
Poco Tapas Bar in Bristol was named Food Made Good Business of the Year. Here, two-thirds of the dishes celebrate vegetables while the meaty dishes feature less intensive species and cuts like muntjac deer and pig’s head terrine. The kitchen makes full use of every ingredient - from fruit peels to pea skins, jams, juices, infusions and purees which mean practically nothing ends up in the compost bin.
Raymond Blanc, OBE, president of the SRA, said: “Year after year, chefs and restaurateurs continue to delight me with their winning submissions to The Food Made Good Awards, demonstrating how food can be a powerful force for good. Their greatest reward would be for consumers to eat in their dining rooms and for their colleagues across the industry to follow their lead.”
FOOD MADE GOOD AWARDS 2018 winners in full:
Celebrate Local and Seasonal - FoodSpace, across Ireland
Serve More Veg and Better Meat - Woods Hill Table, Massachusetts, USA
Source Fish Responsibly - Lussmanns Sustainable Fish and Grill, Hertfordshire
Support Global Farmers - Bartlett Mitchell, London
Open Right Award - Fhior, Edinburgh
Value Natural Resources - Nando’s UK & Ireland
Reduce Reuse Recycle - ODE-truefood, Devon
Waste No Food - JD Wetherspoon, UK wide
Good to Go Award - Brunch, Merseyside
Food Made Good Supplier of the Year - Belu
The People’s Favourite - Dusty Knuckle Pizza, Cardiff
Treat Staff Fairly - Cafe St Honoré, Edinburgh
Support The Community - The Breakfast Club, London and South East
Feed People Well - Farmacy Kitchen, London
Food Made Good Champion - Jim Crouch of University of Plymouth
Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero - Professor Tim Lang
Food Made Good Business of the Year - Poco Tapas Bar, Bristol