Leading London caterers, and companies that served food at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, have received Food Legacy Awards for championing healthy and sustainable food. The awards were presented by London Food Link , a network of food and farming organisations that has been working for more than a decade to improve London’s food system.
The Food Legacy Awards recognise the achievements of caterers, London Boroughs and inspiring organisations and individuals who have achieved significant progress on serving healthy and sustainable food, in line with health and sustainability standards for food served at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games .
Melissa Hayles, co-ordinator of the Food Legacy programme  said, “We witnessed huge efforts behind the scenes by London 2012’s organisers and caterers to serve food meeting the high ethical and sustainability credentials set out in the London 2012 Food Vision. Even more importantly, some of those caterers have pledged to continue aspects of this good work beyond the Games, leaving a sustainable food legacy for London."
"The Food Legacy Awards also celebrate the achievements of many inspiring organisations and individuals working with the Food Legacy programme who have put sustainability at the heart of their businesses, and at the heart of London borough food-buying policies. They demonstrate what can be achieved for the benefit of Londoners, farmers and the environment.”
The Food Legacy Awards and Commendations were as follows:-
Food Legacy Awards were also made to London Boroughs  for their work to improve the healthiness and sustainability of food, for the benefit of London residents:
Ross Compton of London Food Link, who has been tracking progress made by London Boroughs on healthy and sustainable food, said: “Londoners care about good food, and they want to know what their boroughs are doing to support good food. Back in 2011, we first produced a league table, and maps showing which boroughs are taking action on good food. In 2012, we are delighted to report London-wide progress on all of the six good food initiatives that we tracked. In many London boroughs, schoolchildren are now receiving fresher, tastier and more sustainable food than last year, and tens of thousands of local residents have better access to green space for growing food. Borough support for farmers and local businesses has also improved, and there are early signs that several boroughs are doing their bit to create bee-friendly environments.”
3. The Food Legacy programme aims to help more caterers, restaurants, hospitality and events organisers – in the private and public sectors – to achieve the ambitions of the London 2012 Food Vision, which sets health and sustainability standards for food served at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Food Legacy programme involves many caterers, suppliers and sustainable food groups and is supported by the Mayor of London, New Covent Garden Market Authority and London Food Link, and coordinated by Sustain. See: www.foodlegacy.org - see: Twitter: @Foodlegacy2012
4. Gerry Clinton, Catering & Traded Services Manager for the London Borough of Havering, runs a collaborative food-buying system for London Boroughs and individual public-sector institutions to buy sustainable food cost-effectively. See: www.sustainweb.org/resources/files/reports/GFPP_InHouseCaterers.pdf
5. The UK Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), adopted a mandatory sustainable fish policy in 2011, in line with London 2012 Food Vision standards. This covers all catering for Number 10, Whitehall, Central Government departments, prisons, and some parts of the armed forces – improving the sustainability of fish served to around 400,000 people. See: www.sustainweb.org/sustainablefishcity/fish_news/jun11_uk_government_commits_to_sustainable_fish/
6. The inspiring sustainable food pioneers received Food Legacy Awards for their inspirational long-term commitments to healthy and sustainable food:
7. For details of healthy and sustainable food commitments by London Boroughs, see the Good Food for London 2012 report at: www.sustainweb.org/publications/?id=249