Fantastic Food Stars

New Talent

Quality, passion and community are at the heart of what we do. This year Fantastic British Food Festivals launched the first Fantastic Food Star Awards to celebrate these values and showcase exciting new talent in the food and drink community. The festival team joined with guest judge Laura Scott, chef, food writer and supper club host, to choose our Food Stars of 2016.

Meet the winners

Food Stars Winners 2016

Jack Sturgess from Bake With Jack

WINNER Fantastic Food Star 2016 & Local Hero

Jack was crowned winner by Nadiya Hussain, winner of Great British Bake Off 2015, at Sandown Park Food Festival on September 18th.

“Jack has such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable approach to his work which has made him stand out from the rest. He is building up a keen following through his baking lessons and his business is growing at a fast pace” Laura Scott

Local Hero Winner

Jack Sturgess knew he wanted to work in food from a very early age. After an eight-year career in professional kitchens he launched Bake with Jack in 2013. Bake with Jack is the realisation of his dream of teaching people to bake in their own homes - and showing that homemade bread is achievable in any location.

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New Product Winner

New Product Winner – Merryhill Mushrooms

Six generations of mushroom growing experience went into the development of the Merryhill grow your own kits. Now everyone can harvest fresh chestnut, white and yellow oyster mushrooms from organic compost.

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Rising Star Winner

Rising Star Winner – Coombe Farm Organic

Since launching in October 2015 to produce quality organic grass-fed beef and lamb, Coombe Farm has already won three gold awards in the ‘Taste of the West Awards 2016’. The farm draws and purifies its own water from a spring beneath the farm, doesn’t use chemicals and pesticides, and has the highest animal welfare standards.

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Prize Details

Winner Fantastic Food Star 2016 receives:

FREE stall at a Fantastic British Food Festival in 2017, a half day social media workshop from Sassy Social Marketing, expert promotion to the media and press release writing toolkit from Sarah Harrison PR, plus 4 hours of design support from the Creative Director and Lead Designer at WATB (worth £2000).

Category winners receive:

FREE stall at Sandown Park Food Festival, a social media audit from social media experts Sassy Social Marketing, expert promotion to the media from Sarah Harrison PR (worth £1000).

Prizes donated by Fantastic British Food Festivals, Sarah Harrison PR , Sassy Social Marketing , WATB Creative

Further information

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