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Urban Food Awards 2015

The Urban Food Awards are the annual celebration of the best of London’s local larder.

They recognise fantastic food and drink grown and made across the capital’s boroughs, and the small, community-focussed producers behind them.

Full details and entry form


UFA 2015

Winners 2015

The Urban Food Awards 2015 were run by London Food Link and The Mayor of London’s Food Team, with The London Evening Standard as the official media partner.

Following nomintations from Londoners, the winners were chosen by a judging panel, chaired by London Food Board chair Rosie Boycott, which includes The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and chefs Rowley Leigh and Ollie Rowe.

Beautiful Brew: Strange Brew Pale Ale by Clarkshaws Brewing Company
Runners up
The Smoked Brown by Anspach & Hobday
Queen of Diamonds IPA by Wild Card Brewery

Best Banger: Daz's by Green & Fortune Cafe
Runners up
Forty Hall Farm sausages by Forty Hall Farm
Sparkes Guv'nor by GG Sparkes Traditional Butchers

The Big Smoke’s Big Cheese: Napier by Wildes Cheese
Runners up
Graceburn by Blackwoods Cheese Company
Bermondsey Hard Pressed by Kappacasein Ltd

Heavenly Honey: Postcode Honey by Barnes & Webb
Runners up
Bermondsey Street Honey by Bermondsey Street Honey
London Wandsworth Honey by The Hive Honey Shop

London Leaves: Hackney Salad by Growing Communities
Runners up
Market Garden Mixed Salad by Forty Hall Farm Market Garden
Organic Mixed Salad Leaves by OrganicLea

The Londoners’ Loaf: Danish Sourdough 100% Organic Rye Bread by SNAPS + RYE
Runners up
Wellfield Rye by Elephant Bakehouse
Pecan and Sultana Bread by Ma Baker

Capital Growth’s Growing Enterprise
London Food Link’s food growing team gives props to entrepreneurs disproving the adage ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ by generating income from and for their community food gardens

  • Nat Mady, Hackney Herbal
  • Cath Knight, The Phoenix School
  • Bruno Lacey, Urban Growth

New Shoots Food Guru
An apple for an educator showing passion and brilliance at passing on cooking or food growing skills to youngsters.

  • Dee Laverty, Broadwaters Inclusive Learning Community
  • Sonia Cropper
  • John Keith

Food Hero
The cook, campaigner, retailer, whatever, who is leading the way towards better food for London.

  • Jack Clarke and Theresa Douthwright, SoleShare
  • Dinner Exchange East
  • Farmdrop

The winners were  announced at the Urban Food Feast at Borough Market on 24 September during Urban Food Fortnight.

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Categories 2015

The six categories are:

  • Londoners’ Loaf: the upper crust of the capital’s Real Bread
  • Heavenly Honey: golden drops from London’s hidden hives of activity
  • Best Banger: a sublime sossie that simply sizzles
  • The Big Smoke’s Big Cheese: greater than the rest
  • Beautiful Brew: the ale to hail as nonpareil
  • London Leaves: sassiest salad leaves and hoopiest herbs grown right here

So, which London enterprise grows/makes (rather than just sells or serves) the best of each of these? We’ll then ask the producers with the most nominations in each category to put forward the best of what they do for judging.

Good food

The Urban Food Awards are here to celebrate food and drink produced by London’s small, good food enterprises.

As well how tasty the tucker or tipple is, the judges are particularly interested in the enterprise that produces it. They’ll be taking into consideration those that do good stuff in their local communities and work hard for the benefit of people and planet more generally. 

When nominating a food/drink producer, please bear in mind that judges will be considering the ways the enterprise:

  • produces in a more sustainable way
  • offers social benefits
  • contributes to the local economy
  • enhances the health of people and our environment

Judges 2015

The judging panel will be chaired by London Food Board chair Rosie Boycott and includes The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and chefs Rowley Leigh and Ollie Rowe.

Prizes 2015

In addition to the glory of being crowned London’s best, and winning a pair of tickets to the Urban Food Feast, winning enterprises will be featured in both The London Evening Standard and The Jellied Eel.

Everyone who nominates a winner will be entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets to the Urban Food Feast at Borough Market.

What happens when 2015

  • 23 July: Nominations open.
  • 17 August: Nominations end.
  • 20 August: Enterprises with the most nominations in each category will be contacted to check they meet the eligibility criteria. Finalists  invited to name the best banger, loaf, honey etc. they produce and told where to send samples for judging on 16 September.
  • 26 August: - Finalists list published by the London Evening Standard
  • 24 September: Winners announced during the exclusive, invitation-only Urban Food Feast at Borough Market during Urban Food Fortnight.

Details of Urban Food Awards 2016 will be announced here, and in The Jellied Eel magazine, in May 2016.

Media coverage 2015

London Evening Standard - 28 September
‘Fantastic’ quality of food produced in London recognised by City Hall prizes

Borough Market blog - 28 September
The Urban Food Awards 2015

London Evening Standard - 21 September
Ma Baker: how a London mother turned her children's insatiable appetite into a bread-making business

London Evening Standard - 3 September
Losing my job led me to making lovely cheese, says Wildes Cheese founder

Barnet Press - 3 September
Our reporter gets a taste of the good life

Enfield Independent - 1 September
Farm's 'best banger' up for urban garden awards

Homemade - 1 September
City-farmed sausages and student-grown salad in the Urban Food Awards finals

This is Local London - 1 September
Farm's 'best banger' up for urban garden awards

London Evening Standard - 26 August
Urban farm sausages shortlisted for new London food prize

London Evening Standard - 21 August
Friends quit jobs to set up Dusty Knuckle Bakery in Dalston — and roll out youth scheme

London Evening Standard - 13 August
How we’re showing our craving for a crafty beer

London Evening Standard - 27 July
Kappacasein, London dairy making cheese in hundred-year-old vat under railway arch, gets Urban Food Awards nomination

London Evening Standard - 23 July
Urban Food Awards 2015: Boris Johnson to sample 'smorgasbord' in hunt for London's best food producers


  • Winners will be chosen from eligible, participating nominees based on a combination of public votes and the views of the judging panel.
  • The judges’ decisions are final and neither they or the Urban Foods Awards partner organisations will enter into correspondence about them.
  • The names of the Urban Food Feast ticket winners may be published.



Urban Food Routes

The Urban Food Awards are part of Urban Food Routes, an initiative funded by the Mayor of London and Seeds of Change. Its main work is providing grants and expert advice to small food enterprises in London to help them thrive and benefit people in their local communities.The support is coordinated by the Plunkett Foundation, with help from London Food Link.

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