Below is the nomination criteria for the 2018 Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink Awards . Click on ‘Read more’ to find further details of each category.

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Restaurant of the Year

Whether they’re big or small, give them your vote.

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Independent Café / Tea Room of the Year

Judges of this category will be looking for a café, garden centre, museum or farm

Best Independent Retailer

Sponsored by Rola Granola

The winner of this award will consistently show an expert knowledge and, like all our

Pub of the Year

Sponsored by Flagship Wines

Whether it’s the food, the drink, the good company or the strong role in the

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Outstanding Customer Service

Nothing makes a business stand out more than excellent customer service, no matter the size

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Producer / Product of the Year

This award recognises local producers whose passion for Hertfordshire produce is at the heart of

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Family Dining Award

This is the place that never fails to keep the kids happy, without forgetting the

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Chef of the Year

This award aims to recognise those chefs who show an exceptional awareness of produce and

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Newcomer of the Year

This award is open to businesses that have started a new venture in the food

Food Drink Hero of the Year

Sponsored by The Golden Fleece

This person will have made a lasting contribution to the food and drink community. It

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Best Local Industry Supplier

This category aims to celebrate our local suppliers who play such a vital role in

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Service to the Community

Here we’re looking for food and/or drink-led initiatives that aim to inspire and educate local