Chefs’ Choice Awards celebrate industry innovation

By Michael Stones

- Last updated on GMT

The Chefs’ Choice Awards celebrates the best of industry innovation
The Chefs’ Choice Awards celebrates the best of industry innovation
The new Chefs’ Choice Awards highlights the best industry innovation, according to the expert judging panel, ahead of the glittering awards ceremony on Tuesday March 7.

In the video below some of the judges share their views about the inaugural awards, which celebrate the top achievement of foodservice suppliers; from wholesalers through to food manufacturers.

Food Innovation Solutions md Mike Faers said: “There’s a lot of great activity going on ​[in the food industry]. The Chefs’ Choice Awards is a great way to get people to talk about it and to understand it.”

Food development manager

Greene King food development manager Mark Teed added: “We’ve had some healthy and lively debate ​[about the award entries]. And we’ve had some conflict of opinion on some products.”

So, which companies will win on the big night? Be among the first to learn who has won top honours by booking your place at the awards ceremony in central London on Tuesday 7 March at the Haymarket Hotel. For more information email Rebecca George​ or telephone 01293 610422.

The full list of Chefs’ Choice Awards finalists appears in the box below.

Frozen, fresh, chilled or ambient products

Organised by William Reed – the publisher of and sister title Food Manufacture – ​the awards are judged by chefs for chefs. The awards showcase the achievement of operators who demonstrate quality, innovation, creativity, value and great taste delivery in their frozen, fresh, chilled or ambient products.

All category winners, entrants achieving a Highly Rated standard and finalists will earn the right to use the Chefs’ Choice endorsement logos on packaging and in all marketing.

The Chefs’ Choice Awards are supported by the Food Manufacture Group and sister titles The Morning Advertiser​, Restaurant​ magazine, The Grocer​ and William Reed market research group MCA Insight.

Good luck to all the finalists.

Chefs’ Choice Award 2017 finalists

Bread and Morning Goods

  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium 48 Brioche Buns
  • New York Bakery Company Croll
  • Bidvest Foodservice Premium Selection Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese & Chutney Bloomer
  • Bidvest Foodservice Premium Selection Five Seed and Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese Bloomer


Cheese and Dairy Products

  • Brakes British Individual Cheeseboard
  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium Taw Valley Mature Cheddar
  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Tuxford & Tebbett Blue Stilton
  • Brakes Ready To Serve Continental Cheese Selection



  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Pesto Alla Genovese
  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium Caramelised Red Onion Chutney
  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium Real Mayonnaise
  • LoSalt LoSalt Original


Finished Desserts

  • Brakes Granola Topped Blackcurrant & Goji Berry Roulades
  • Belfield Chocolate Coated Salted Caramel Profiteroles
  • Bidvest Foodservice Premium Selection Belgian Chocolate Salted Caramel Mousse Dome
  • Brakes Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tart



  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium New York Cheesecake
  • Bestway Wholesale Essentially Catering premium Madagascan Vanilla Cheesecake
  • Brakes Muscovado and Speculoos Cheesecake
  • Bidvest Foodservice Premium Selection Popping Prosecco Lemon Cheesecake Torte


Fish and Shellfish

  • Brakes ASC King Prawns
  • Brakes Cold Smoked Salmon Portions
  • Attilus Caviar Fresh Sturgeon Caviar
  • Brakes Tuna Carpaccio



  • Bidvest Foodservice Black + White Costa Rican 100% Arabica Medium Roast Beans
  • Booker Group Lichfield’s Fairtrade Gourmet Espresso Beans
  • Booker Group Lichfield’s Flavoured Tea – Red Berries
  • Wenlock Spring Still Water


Ice Cream and Sorbet

  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium Luxury Madagascan Vanilla Dairy Ice Cream
  • Minioti Premium Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Mövenpick Ice Cream Raspberry Sorbet
  • Mövenpick Ice Cream Swiss Chocolate Ice Cream



  • Brakes Beef Rib with Salt and Pepper
  • Booker Group Blackgate Signature Beef Roasting Joint
  • Booker Group Blackgate Signature Chain Off Fillet
  • Brakes Tomahawk Steak


Lamb and Pork

  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium Wild Boar hot dogs                                                                                                    
  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Smoked Grilled Bacon
  • Bestway Wholesale Essentially Catering Premium Back Bacon


Party and Buffet Foods

  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Coronation Chicken Filler
  • Brakes Japanese Karaage King Prawns
  • Caterforce Panko Coated Squid Strips
  • Bidvest Foodservice Premium Selection British Sausage Roll


Meal Accompaniment

  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Buttery Mash Potato
  • Farm Frites UK & Ireland Farm Frites Ultimate Chips
  • Riso Gallo UK Limited Gran Riserva Rice
  • Brakes Wheatberry  Apple & Cranberry Salad


Poultry Products

  • Booker Group Chef’s Essentials Chicken Breast Fillets
  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Crispy Chicken Bites
  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Spicy Chicken Pops
  • Brakes Shredded Aromatic Duck


Products Sold as Free-From

  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Chocolate Fudge Brownie
  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Fine Gravy Granules
  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium Extra Chunky Gourmet Chips


Ready Meals

  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Beef Lasagne
  • Brakes Panang Chicken Curry
  • Brakes Slow Cooked Hickory Smoked BBQ Beef Brisket
  • Brakes Venison Lasagne


Cakes, biscuits and scones

  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Premium Luxury Biscuit Assortment
  • Bidvest Foodservice Premium Selection Hummingbird Cake
  • Bidvest Foodservice Premium Selection Spiced Parsnip  Maple & Pecan Cake
  • Caterforce Superfood Fruit Cake



  • Booker Group Chef’s Larder Italian Peeled Plum Tomatoes
  • Bestway Wholesale Essentially Catering Reduced Salt & Sugar Baked Beans
  • Booker Group Farm Fresh Peeled Garlic


Vegetarian ready meals

  • Brakes Individual portion of Paneer Saag & Gobi Masala
  • Bidvest Foodservice Premium Selection Butternut Squash  Aubergine  Feta & Pomegranate Moussaka
  • Bidvest Foodservice Premium Selection Green Pesto Roulade

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