Bridport Kitchen Manager Ashley Painter accompanied by his wife and his parents, Will Stork and Barry Dovell, attended the very prestigious BBC Food and Farming Awards Ceremony at Bristol City Hall. Although Ash didn’t win his category (you’ll always be our winner Ash!) he was very honoured to be shortlisted and found the evening to be both interesting and inspiring. As well as rubbing shoulders with celebrities such as Jeannette Orrey (school dinner royalty!), Alex James (of Blur fame and now a cheesemaker), Adam Henson (of Countryfile fame) and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Ashley came back enthused and full of ideas about how LFL can improve its green credentials and social impact – Watch this space!
“It was a great honour to be nominated. Unfortunately I did not win but to be listed as one of the 3 finalists out of thousands of applicants, I am still very proud. I had an amazing evening shared with great company and have come away with a lot more ideas and ambitions on things I would like to do, which to me is worth just as much if not more. I’d also like to say a special thank you to Suzie King and the whole team at local food links for the nomination and giving me the chance to have this experience.”
One particularly noteworthy winner was The Akshaya Patra Foundation (pictured below) who serve school meals to over 1.76 million children in 15,024 schools across 12 states in India in a bid to eliminate classroom hunger, the largest not-for-profit midday meal programme in the world!