Cyrus Todiwala named BBC food personality of the year

Celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala has won a prestigious award by being named the BBC’s Food Personality of the Year for 2014.
As part of a ceremony in Bristol, BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards were attended by various famous chefs including Jamie Oliver and Mary Berry.
Taking top prize was Todiwala, who was handed the personality award for his work at London restaurants including Café Spice Namaste, Assado, the Park Café and Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen at Hilton London Heathrow T5, as well as his TV and literary work, which included The Incredible Spice Men for BBC Two, and Mr Todiwala's Bombay: Recipes And Memories From India, which was published in October 2013.
Another big winner on the night was Tony Mulgrew, a school chef from Halifax, who was presented with the cook of the year prize by Jamie Oliver for his determination to improve the quality of school dinners.
The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company took away the award for best street food, Gigha Halibut won best food producer, while Feeding The 5,000 won best initiative in British food for its efforts to reduce food waste.
Commenting on the night, Raymond Blanc, judge and award giver, said: “I don’t think you’ll find a list that features more inspirational people than this one – an amazing school cook who is changing so many young lives through food, right through to a team of young campaigners who’ve helped people all over the world understand the problem of food waste.
“These awards have also uncovered so many stories of great tasting food… producers, farmers, markets and retailers… all of them have made me feel excited about food in the UK…  it makes me want to travel around the country and visit them all!”
Other winners at the event included Neil Darwent for outstanding famer of the year, Thornbridge for best drinks producer, Edge & Son Butcher for best local food retailer, while the Aberystwyth Farmers Market won the award for best food market.
By Owen Mckeon
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