The Categories


Best Newcomer

Sponsored by Mr.Wheeler Wines

This award is open to any business or individual who has started a food and/or drink

Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by Wilks & Co. Wine Merchants

The judges will look for the restaurant or eaterie in Essex which has the ability

Pub of the Year

Sponsored by G+G Gallo

Nominees are accepted for fantastic pubs across Essex which have created a distinct and high

Customer Service Award

Sponsored by Hatfields

Judges in this category will be looking for the level of service that makes a truly

Pride of Essex Award

Sponsored by East of England Co-op

This award recognises a product or brand that the county is proud to call its own

Best Essex Producer

Sponsored by Bellefontaines

This award recognises the fantastic food and drink products being created within the county. Judges

Essex Life Food and Drink Hero

Sponsored by NFU Mutual – South Essex

This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Essex’s food industry.

Family Dining Award

Sponsored by Traymoor Quality Meats

Judges will be looking for a restaurant, café or pub which really meets the needs of

Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer

Sponsored by Cooper MINI Colchester and Cooper BMW Colchester

This award recognises retailers such as butchers, bakers, delicatessens, farmers markets and more with a passion

Chef of the Year

Sponsored by Allstaff Employment

This prestigious award is open to chefs who are working within the Essex food and

Best Coffee/Tea Shop

Sponsored by Beresfords

The judges will look for the coffee or tea shop in Essex which is able to