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Gloucestershire Foodie Awards announce inaugural winners

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Gloucestershire Foodie Awards
31 March 2023
Gloucestershire Foodie Awards

Winners of the first ever Gloucestershire Foodie Awards were announced at a long table event at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester on 29 March.

The event included a drink reception followed by food made by The Dirty Boys Kitchen, Salt Bakehouse, The Ground and Round Burger, and Non-Solo, with guests seated at long tables.

The 2023 winners are:

Young chef winner Liam Robbins said: “I am well chuffed. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I turn 18 tomorrow (30th March 2023), and it is a great birthday present, although I must work!”

Read more - Judges named for inaugural Gloucestershire Foodie Awards

The Food Hero special award went to Carl Benton for his Inspired Cookbook supporting Stroud Women’s Refuge and was presented by Andrea Rigby from the refuge. All profits from the sale of the book head to this refuge, the only one in Gloucestershire. The book aims to make a positive impact on someone’s life.

Jonathan Smith, Founder of #GlosFoodieAwards said: “What an evening. Thank you to all the finalists, and congratulations to all the winners – it demonstrates the quality and dedication of what Gloucestershire produces – incredible food, drinks, and innovation all on show.

“Thank you to our supporters and sponsors of Visit Gloucestershire, Mudwalls, Made in Gloucestershire, and Gloucestershire College.”

The judges were:

The Glos Foodie Awards champions the Long Table CIC initiative based in Stroud through the Pay as you Can endeavour – where visitors can purchase a Big ‘One Meal’ coin of £6 each to ensure everyone can eat at the table. A raffle on the evening raised further funds.

Jonathan added: “The vibe in the room was great. Everyone sits at long tables, chatting, engaging, relaxing, and collaborating on what Gloucestershire does best – great food and drinks. We aim to make a difference with the Glos Foodie Awards.”

The 2024 Gloucestershire Foodie awards will open for applications later this year.

Read more - Long Table launch for Gloucestershire Foodie Awards


Sam is the Regional Editor of Biz News, responsible for both Hampshire and Dorset.

A new recruit to journalism, Sam started writing for the Business Magazine as a freelancer in May of 2022 after completing his degree in English at University College London. His passion for local businesses and ability to tell a story soon caught the attention of the publication’s management team and have led to his meteoric rise.

Sam, who lives in central Reading, takes a particular interest in technology, gaming and food and drink, having been a chef before starting his degree.

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