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Food Awards 2016 – Yeo Dudes, Tin and Thyme Did It

Food Awards Best Food Blogger

Well, I’ve only gone and done it! Much to my huge astonishment I found on Monday night that I’d won the Best Food Blogger in the Food Awards 2016. Bowled over is an understatement, I was so convinced I wouldn’t win that it didn’t properly register when Tin and Thyme was announced as the winner.

For those not in the know, the Food Reader Awards were initiated by Salt Media and its widely read Food magazine five years ago in order to celebrate good food. Winning is a prestigious accolade for food people in the South West, comprising Gloucester, Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and of course Cornwall. There are thirteen categories in total, including best food blog. The Food Awards occasion itself is an event I’ve long wanted to attend and this year I got my chance.

Food Awards 2016

I wasn’t aware, initially, that I’d been nominated for the award. It wasn’t until Tin and Thyme got through to the Food Awards shortlist that this fact impinged itself on my consciousness. A second round of voting took me through to the finals and I was invited up to Yeo Valley HQ for an evening of fine dining, people watching and the grand unveilings. We started proceedings with a glass (or two) of Knighton Cornish sparkling wine and fabulous canapΓ©s from Bioaqua and Homewood. We then sat down to a four course meal, using local produce, matched with local beers and ciders. I was rather taken with the Frobishers Sparkling Ginger, which was nice and fiery and meant I didn’t indulge in more alcohol than was good for me. With well over a hundred guests, there were only seven vegetarians present, but the Yeo Valley chefs did us proud.

Food Awards Dinner

No sooner had we finished our starters than the Best Food Blogger 2016 was announced. Tin and Thyme was a finalist along with Veggie Desserts and Eating Exeter. I had been theorising to CT that our table which was the furthest from the stage couldn’t possibly have any winners. How wrong I was.

Off I stumbled up the aisles to the stage, in a complete daze.  I remember shaking hands with Jo Rees and Michael Caines MBE, who presented me with my rather fabulous wooden plaque / chopping board. Rest assured no knife will ever be drawn across its surface. I’ve no idea what I said, but CT assures me I didn’t make a complete fool of myself. Michael Caines was himself a winner that night. Needless to say, I didn’t get to reciprocate by presenting him with his chopping board for Best Food Hero. One can but dream. 

Food Awards Best Blogger

Cornwall gave a very good account of itself on the night (hooray!) and won best: Food Cafe, Cookery School, Wine List, Farm Shop, Restaurant, Hotel, Foodie Pub and weirdly, food blogger. For the complete list of  winners and grand finalists head to the Food Awards.

Here’s to an excellent 2016 for all food lovers and readers of this blog. Thanks to everyone who voted for me and to Salt Media, Yeo Valley and all the sponsors for organising such a splendid event. I may not yet be in the stretch limo jet set, but my rates are very reasonable πŸ˜‰

Top photo and the one of the dining area courtesy of Food Reader Awards / Guy Harrop Photography

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        Choclette
        28th January 2016

        Thanks Rebecca. Very nicely timed for my upcoming 7th blog anniversary πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      28th January 2016

      Thank you. Three days on and I’m still smiling. This is my first ever chopping board that is for decorative purposes only πŸ˜‰

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      Michelle
      31st January 2016

      Well done Nicette – and well deserved of course!

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    shaheen
    28th January 2016

    I am genuinely super super excited for you and so glad yourself and CT had a good night, how funny being the furthest table away and then actually being announced as the winner. The Award is awesome, just what any foodie blogger would love – and yes, never shall a knife go near it. Your proud friend Shaheen x

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      Choclette
      28th January 2016

      Thank you so much Shaheen. that’s such a lovely thing to write and I know it’s heartfelt too. Was even more convinced I’d not be the winner when I found I was sitting so far away from the action.

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      Choclette
      28th January 2016

      Thank you very much Jean, it makes all this blogging malarky seem worthwhile πŸ˜‰

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    Agata
    28th January 2016

    Well done and huge congratulations! The award itself looks so stunning; love the chunky board.

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      Choclette
      30th January 2016

      Thank you Agata, the board is something a bit different and I love it too.

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    William Gould
    28th January 2016

    Brilliant! Well done!

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      Choclette
      28th January 2016

      Thanks very much William. This award seems to be bringing a lot of folk out of the woodwork πŸ˜‰

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    Julie Tift
    28th January 2016

    Many congratulations, rest assured that they would not have awarded it to you if you had not deserved it. You should feel very proud of yourself.

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      Choclette
      28th January 2016

      Gosh thank you Julie. I’m not really used to bragging, but I really am excited to have received this.

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    Henk Kooiman
    28th January 2016

    Well done Choclette ! Everybody loves you and your blog. Keep up the good work and best wishes for the future.

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      Choclette
      28th January 2016

      Thank you very much Henk. I must say it was rather a surprise, but a very nice one.

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      Choclette
      28th January 2016

      Thanks Lucy, it’s fab news indeed. To say I was surprised was an understatement!

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    Pinky boots
    28th January 2016

    Congrats! I love your email which aways signals a sneaky break!

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      Choclette
      28th January 2016

      Haha, I’m very glad to be of service πŸ˜‰ And thanks very much for your good wishes.

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      Choclette
      28th January 2016

      Thank you Gloria, that’s very kind. I am truly thrilled and humbled too.

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    Kellie@foodtoglow
    28th January 2016

    Many congratulations on your sparkling win! It sounds like the only one who was surprised was you πŸ™‚ Well done xx

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      Choclette
      28th January 2016

      Haha, quite possibly Kellie. Thank you. I’m still feeling surprised, but I expect I’ll get used to it at some point πŸ˜€

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    28th January 2016

    Woohoo! Huge congratulations Choclette. So well deserved and fantastically exciting for you. An accolade indeed…… and one for which you should be very proud xx

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      Choclette
      28th January 2016

      Thanks so much Kate. I am basking a little in the sunshine at the moment πŸ˜‰

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    Susan
    28th January 2016

    Oh Hurray! Go Choclette Go! Llongyfarchiadau – congratulations from North Wales! Brilliant and very well deserved. We are pouring a celebratory cup of tea from the orange teapot in your honour. xx

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      Choclette
      29th January 2016

      Hurray for tea and teapots. We’re raising a cup with you. Thank you, If it wasn’t for the photo, I’d reckon I’d dreamt the whole thing.

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      Choclette
      29th January 2016

      Thanks Matt. They are big in the South West of England, but I’m sure many won’t every have heard of them – until now πŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      29th January 2016

      Thanks Johanna. It’s so good a vegetarian blog won. As I said in the post their were only seven vegetarians at the meal, so if it helps to raise the profile, so much the better.

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    Lesley
    29th January 2016

    Well done you. I am a very proud auntie! I can fully appreciate the amount of work that goes into your blog and of course all that dreadful food testing of delicious goodies. But hey, somebody’s got to do it! x

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      Choclette
      29th January 2016

      Haha Lesley, now that’s where CT comes into his own πŸ˜‰ Thank you, I still can’t quite believe it really happened.

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    Jenny Habbal
    29th January 2016

    This is so brilliant! I am very impressed! So glad for you and sending loads of congratulations and love. xx

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    Camilla
    29th January 2016

    Super well done Choclette and what an amazing evening you had:-) Enjoy you time on Cloud 9:-)

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      Choclette
      29th January 2016

      Thank you Camilla, it’s really just what I needed and I’m still buzzing now.

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    Elaine Sarchet
    29th January 2016

    Great job! Your smile says it all!!

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      Choclette
      29th January 2016

      Ah, thank you Elaine, how lovely of you to comment. I am only treading in the footsteps of your gorgeous daughter.

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    Dom
    29th January 2016

    bloody genius and more than well deserved xxxx

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      Choclette
      29th January 2016

      Ah thanks Dom, you know just what to say to put a big smile on my face πŸ˜€

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    Susan
    29th January 2016

    Well done! This is wonderful news! Keep at it, dearie!

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      Choclette
      29th January 2016

      Thank you Susan, not sure I can keep it up, but I’ll try πŸ˜‰

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    Belinda
    29th January 2016

    Great News for you Nicette and for Cornwall, and all chocolate lovers wherever they are!! x

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      Choclette
      29th January 2016

      Thank you so much Belinda, apart from being immensely pleased for myself and Cornwall, it was really nice to have a vegetarian blog win.

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    Rachel Cotterill
    29th January 2016

    I’m so happy for you, well done, totally well deserved πŸ™‚ And I’m delighted to see that Kate was on the shortlist, too — it makes me think I should probably try out the third one who I hadn’t heard of!

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      Choclette
      29th January 2016

      Thanks very much Rachel. The vegetarians blogs were certainly in the majority, which makes a very pleasant change πŸ™‚

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    Made With Pink
    29th January 2016

    Congrtulations Choclette! Very well deserved. The food you ate looked delicious as well. Is that a rhubarb baked Alaska??

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      Choclette
      29th January 2016

      Thanks Andrea. The Alaska was fabulous, but filled with honey ice-cream. The rhubarb (poached in ginger) was just on the outside.

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    Janice
    29th January 2016

    Not before time, or should that be thyme? So pleased that your wonderful blog has got the recognition it deserves.

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      Choclette
      30th January 2016

      Thyme of course Janice. Thank you so much and for all your support too.

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    Elizabeth
    30th January 2016

    A very big heartfelt congratulations to you! Well deserved! πŸ˜€

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      Choclette
      30th January 2016

      Thank you so much Elizabeth. To say I was utterly surprised is an understatement, but I was. of course, also delighted.

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    Kate | The Veg Space
    30th January 2016

    Very well deserved Choclette, so pleased for you! And it sounds like the awards evening was lots of fun too… stunning food!

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      Choclette
      30th January 2016

      It was all rather wonderful Kate. The best blog category was announced just after the starter, so I was able to revel in the rest of the evening.

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    1st February 2016

    Excellent news – well done. The time I’ve spent in the South West in the last few years has been blessed with superb food and so this is a very fine award to win. Richly deserved, of course.

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      Choclette
      1st February 2016

      Thanks very much Phil, much appreciated. Food down here has come on tremendously in the last decade or so.

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    Katharine
    1st February 2016

    Hearty congratulations! A great honour and absolutely well-deserved, fantastic!

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    Sarah
    2nd February 2016

    Well done and what a brilliant start to 2016! Where are you going to keep your award? Hehe.

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      Choclette
      2nd February 2016

      Thanks Sarah, great start indeed. I still have no idea where I’m going to keep it!!!

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    Lucy @ BakingQueen74
    2nd February 2016

    Well done on your wonderful achievement, well deserved! What a lovely reminder you have there too in that lovely chopping board.

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      Choclette
      2nd February 2016

      Thanks very much Lucy and a chopping board definitely beats a bit of paper πŸ˜‰

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    Trudy McNicholas
    7th February 2016

    Hello Nicette! 36years since I last saw you and you look just the same. Congratulations on your award, your blog and recipes look great, I will be following you from now on, Trudy x

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      Choclette
      7th February 2016

      Aghhhh, 36 yrs? How does that happen? What a lovely surprise to hear from you. What are you up to these days and in what part of the country?

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        Trudy McNicholas
        7th February 2016

        I’m in Leicestershire now, lived in London for quite a few years before that. Family are all still in Cornwall though. Married, 4 children, working on a neonatal unit. I’m so excited to find you, are you still around Pensilva? I’m on Facebook x

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    lesley
    20th May 2016

    So pleased for you – always good to see a fellow blogger do well.

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      Choclette
      20th May 2016

      Ah, thanks very much Lesley, that’s kind. It was a much needed boost.

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    5th November 2016

    Congratulations! I’m a bit late to this party, but all the same — well done! I just put up a post about blogging, and I hope you’ll read it and comment about your thoughts on the subject. I mean, since you ARE an award winning blogger and all! AND I LOVE that cutting board!

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      Choclette
      8th November 2016

      Thanks Jean, the best people are often late to parties πŸ˜‰ I shall head on over now.

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