Eat Game Awards 2018: Celebrating Wild British Produce
Eat Game Awards
October 9 2018
The Eat Game Awards is an initiative created by three leading British businesses, James Purdey & Sons Ltd, Boisdale Restaurants and Taste of Game, bringing together the shooting, game meat and hospitality sectors to celebrate the wild game meat produced in Britain.
Hosted by Boisdale Restaurants on Tuesday 9th October, Boisdale Canary Wharf welcomed finalists from across the country for the Eat Game Awards 2018 dinner and ceremony.
Hosted by BBC’s Adam Henson, alongside JB Gill, William Sitwell, Rose Prince and Mark Hix, the awards were presented to the overall winners across 9 categories, voted for by the public, with the addition of ‘Champion of Champions’, decided by the panel of judges and ‘Scottish Champion’, awarded to the Scottish finalist with the most overall votes.
The full results from the night can be found below. Highlights included, Jess Noy (The Game Keepers Daughter), a young Chef from Suffolk who took home the accolade of ‘Best Chef’, against the likes of famous chefs, Richard Corrigan and Tom Aikens. YouTube Star and Butcher, Scott Rea, landed awards for Best Butcher and Game Hero following an overwhelming amount of support. The overall award for Champion of Champions, voted for by the Eat Game Awards panel, was presented to shoot-chef, Tristan Prudden of Constable Burton Estate, for going above and beyond in every area of the promoting of and serving of game.
The Awards reflect the ever-growing use of wild game, highlighting the champions of British game and rewarding their success, innovation and passion in working with this natural countryside harvest. The nominated charity that the Awards will be supporting is The Country Food Trust, whose aim is to feed those in need with game meat casseroles packaged in ready-to-eat long-life pouches.
Comments from the Founders:
James Horne of Purdey:“We were particularly keen to raise the profile of the thousands of small to medium sized businesses that use game in their products. The sheer number of nominations and then the enormous local coverage so many businesses have received has been fantastic to see. This publicity is the oxygen that so many small businesses need in order to grow. The awards’ success has relied on the use of social media and it is how businesses use this communication process that is so vital for the future. So, I hope that those that are a less savvy with this media are more motivated to enter next year.”
Ranald Macdonald of Boisdale:“We founded this event with our partners to celebrate the fantastic wild game that forms a centrepiece for our national cuisine and which is integral to the survival of the Great British countryside. We have brought together individuals and businesses around the country who are already doing so much for the industry and who share the same passion for sustainable food it produces. I very much look forward to serving game throughout Boisdale restaurants this season and, I hope, many more to come.”
Annette Woolcock of Taste of Game:“The awards have been a huge success and achieved more than we hoped for in the first year, raising the profile of game and the small businesses who use game all over the country. We have engaged with many more of the public than expected which is very exciting and given those local heroes a boost and the recognition that they deserve. Next year I would like to see many more nominations coming in which will be quite an achievement as we had nearly 4,000 this year.”
Eat Game Awards 2018 Winners:
Best Restaurant Regularly Serving Game
Best Pub Regularly Serving Game
The Sutton Gamekeeper
Best Chef Regularly Cooking Game
Jess Noy ‘The Gamekeepers Daughter’
Best Game Farmers Market Stall including Street Food
The Clucking Pig
Best Added Value Game Meat Product
Best Multiple Retailer Selling Game
Best Small Retailer Selling Game
Wild Meat Company
Best Game Butcher
Champion of Champions
Tristan Prudden, Constable Burton Estate
Best Teacher – Game Changer Project