01 February 2012

Announcing The Young British Foodies Awards

A new awards is on a nationwide search to unearth the next generation of talented bartenders with Tony Conigliaro leading the judging mixology category, alongside Nick Strangeway and James Chase.

As the YBF awards 2012 comes to an end in late February, this is a chance for drinks-creatives to make a name for themselves. All they need to do is enter their 150 word winning recipe or idea asap; the winner gets £1000 to go towards their bibulous enterprise amongst other prizes.

Enter at www.the-ybfs.com
or email entries@the-ybfs.com until the end of February

Why bother entering? It's a chance to show off your capabilities. It's a chance to get publicity for any project you're working on – the YBFs has been covered in the FT, Independent, Olive mag to name a few. Even better, you'll get the chance to be mentored by Tony Conigliaro, working for two days at his acclaimed Drink factory. Then there's the £1000 cash prize. There will also be a chance to perform your art at Rob Da Bank's Bestival and Camp Bestival at the YBFs tent.

What's the ethos of the awards? As the British food and drink scene's been galloping pace, it rivals any over the pond. The awards is to celebrate everything new in our burgeoning scene and to bring together a movement.

Explaining it, Co-founder and Metro's food and drink editor, Chloe Scott, says: 'In the 1990s, the emerging artists of Britain were celebrated and touted the YBAs. Now it's time we found the YBFs in Britain and celebrated the UK's creativity in food and drink - food and drink is the new art. We're looking for really bold and creative recipes and people.'

Both professionals and amateurs are welcome. All you need to do is email your 150 word drink idea. If you get through to the second round, Tony C, Nick Strangeway and James Chase will judge your concept by sampling and viewing your technique, followed by a short interview.

How old do I have to be? It's a lawless affair – you can be 108 years-old if you've got a delectable cocktail up your sleeve. It's 'young' in spirit, not in physicality.

The judges and categories are:
For the alcohol -
Tony C, Nick Strangeway and James Chase
For Cheffing - Nuno Mendes , Bompas and Parr
For experimentation -
Bompas and Parr
For baking-
Lily Vanilli
For charcuturie -
Meatliquor's Yianni Papoutis

The eight categories are: Mixology, Street-food, Coffee, Baking, Meat, Cheffing and Experimental. The final one is Honorary YBF, which is for ANYONE with a passion for food and drink.

For news, follow on twitter @TheYBFs

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