2018 WINNERS announced

More than 100 guests gathered at the stunning Henry Moore Studios and Gardens in Perry Green to find out who had won the 11 coveted titles in the 2018 Hertfordshire Life Food and Drink Awards.

A sparkling drinks reception with gorgeous canapés in the new visitor centre was followed by the awards in the historic tythe barn.

Hundreds of nominations were received from readers and businesses – a challenge for the 12 independent industry experts to create a shortlist of 39 finalists and then visit them.

Winner of Chef of the Year, Drew Knight of Dylans, The Kings Arms in St Albans said, ‘I’m over the moon. I’ve never really been up for an award before for our expertise. Myself and Sean, my business partner, have designed a pub where we wanted to eat and source great produce and cook it really simply.’

Matt Elvidge of Farr Brew in Wheathampstead, which won Food and Drink Hero of the Year and Service to the Community, said, ‘Winning Best Producer last year really showed us to be a serious business that can be considered up with the best that Hertfordshire has to offer. Winning two awards in 2018 is very special and something we will tell the world about.’

For the full story and pictures pick up a copy of the November issue of Hertfordshire Life out in shops October 18.

For details on sponsorship and nominations for the 2019 awards, contact Sarah Scott-Foster at sarah.scott-foster@archant.co.uk

Take a look at the 2018 winners and finalists here

Meet our 2018 judges by clicking here