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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 canapés 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 😉

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

91 Comments

  1. Keep Calm and Fanny On

    28th January 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Yahoo! Well done. Looks like a fantastic night, live the chopping board trophy!

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    • Rebecca

      28th January 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Congratulations!

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      • Choclette

        28th January 2016 at 5:18 pm

        Thanks Rebecca. Very nicely timed for my upcoming 7th blog anniversary 🙂

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    • Choclette

      28th January 2016 at 5:11 pm

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

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    • Michelle

      31st January 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Well done Nicette – and well deserved of course!

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      • Choclette

        1st February 2016 at 9:38 am

        Thanks very much Michelle – onwards and upwards 😉

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  2. shaheen

    28th January 2016 at 1:53 pm

    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 at 5:13 pm

      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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  3. Jean

    28th January 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Congratulations, an award well deserved!

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    • Choclette

      28th January 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you very much Jean, it makes all this blogging malarky seem worthwhile 😉

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  4. Agata

    28th January 2016 at 2:22 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      30th January 2016 at 10:17 am

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

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  5. Gill

    28th January 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Congratulations!

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    • Choclette

      28th January 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you very much Gill. Everyone is being very kind.

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  6. The Food Hunter

    28th January 2016 at 3:01 pm

    very cool! Congratulations.

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    • Choclette

      28th January 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you – so not used to being a cool dude 😉

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  7. Sophia @Veggies Dont Bite

    28th January 2016 at 3:04 pm

    That’s so great! Congrats!

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    • Choclette

      28th January 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks Sophia, it’s all very exciting.

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  8. William Gould

    28th January 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Brilliant! Well done!

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    • Choclette

      28th January 2016 at 5:20 pm

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

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  9. Julie Tift

    28th January 2016 at 3:31 pm

    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 at 5:21 pm

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

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  10. Henk Kooiman

    28th January 2016 at 3:39 pm

    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 at 5:22 pm

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

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  11. Lucy Parissi

    28th January 2016 at 4:36 pm

    What amazing news – congratulations on winning and well deserved!

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    • Choclette

      28th January 2016 at 5:23 pm

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

      Reply
  12. Pinky boots

    28th January 2016 at 4:42 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      28th January 2016 at 5:16 pm

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

      Reply
  13. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy

    28th January 2016 at 7:54 pm

    WOW congratulations. You must be thrilled!! What a great award….and an inspiration to us all!!

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    • Choclette

      28th January 2016 at 9:40 pm

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

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  14. Kellie@foodtoglow

    28th January 2016 at 8:07 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      28th January 2016 at 9:38 pm

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

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  15. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    28th January 2016 at 8:33 pm

    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 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks so much Kate. I am basking a little in the sunshine at the moment 😉

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  16. Susan

    28th January 2016 at 9:45 pm

    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 at 9:00 am

      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.

      Reply
  17. Matt @ Plating Pixels

    28th January 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Wow I haven’t heard of this but congrats! That’s a great achievement.

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    • Choclette

      29th January 2016 at 9:02 am

      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 😉

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  18. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    29th January 2016 at 6:00 am

    Congratulations on your award – most well deserved – and fantastic that a vegetarian blog is getting the limelight – the meal sounds great

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    • Choclette

      29th January 2016 at 9:03 am

      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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  19. Lesley

    29th January 2016 at 6:55 am

    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 at 9:06 am

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

      Reply
  20. Jenny Habbal

    29th January 2016 at 9:32 am

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

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    • Choclette

      29th January 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you so much Jenny, I’m still feeling surprised 😉

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  21. Camilla

    29th January 2016 at 10:04 am

    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 at 9:27 pm

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

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  22. Elaine Sarchet

    29th January 2016 at 10:56 am

    Great job! Your smile says it all!!

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    • Choclette

      29th January 2016 at 9:30 pm

      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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  23. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    29th January 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Yay well done Choclette, that’s fab news! Very well done 🙂

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    • Choclette

      29th January 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks Becca, I really didn’t believe it was going to happen.

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  24. Dom

    29th January 2016 at 1:28 pm

    bloody genius and more than well deserved xxxx

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    • Choclette

      29th January 2016 at 9:24 pm

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

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  25. Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    29th January 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I am so happy for you!! So well deserved xxxx

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    • Choclette

      29th January 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you lovely Alida, that’s very kind of you 🙂

      Reply
  26. Susan

    29th January 2016 at 3:03 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      29th January 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you Susan, not sure I can keep it up, but I’ll try 😉

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  27. Belinda

    29th January 2016 at 3:33 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      29th January 2016 at 9:22 pm

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

      Reply
  28. Rachel Cotterill

    29th January 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I’m so happy for you, well done, totally well deserved 🙂 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 at 9:21 pm

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

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  29. Made With Pink

    29th January 2016 at 8:59 pm

    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 at 9:20 pm

      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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  30. Janice

    29th January 2016 at 9:21 pm

    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 at 10:15 am

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

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  31. Elizabeth

    30th January 2016 at 3:22 pm

    A very big heartfelt congratulations to you! Well deserved! 😀

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    • Choclette

      30th January 2016 at 5:15 pm

      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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  32. Kate | The Veg Space

    30th January 2016 at 3:55 pm

    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 at 5:19 pm

      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.

      Reply
  33. Phil in the Kitchen

    1st February 2016 at 12:02 am

    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 at 9:36 am

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

      Reply
  34. Katharine

    1st February 2016 at 6:42 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      1st February 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you very much Katharine, that’s kind of you.

      Reply
  35. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    2nd February 2016 at 6:51 am

    Congratulations!!!!! So proud of you, Choclette.

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    • Choclette

      2nd February 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Ah, thank you Angie, that’s very kind of you to say 🙂

      Reply
  36. Sarah

    2nd February 2016 at 9:31 am

    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 at 1:04 pm

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

      Reply
  37. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    2nd February 2016 at 5:36 pm

    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 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks very much Lucy and a chopping board definitely beats a bit of paper 😉

      Reply
  38. Trudy McNicholas

    7th February 2016 at 9:49 am

    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 at 10:53 am

      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 at 11:56 am

        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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  39. Lindy

    8th February 2016 at 10:40 am

    Well done- very well deserved!

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    • Choclette

      8th February 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks very much Lindy 🙂

      Reply
  40. Rachel

    22nd February 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Congratulations! Well deserved 🙂

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    • Choclette

      22nd February 2016 at 10:51 pm

      Thank you very much Rachel 🙂

      Reply
  41. lesley

    20th May 2016 at 9:05 am

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

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    • Choclette

      20th May 2016 at 9:23 am

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

      Reply
  42. Kavey

    4th June 2016 at 5:56 pm

    How wonderful! Huge well done and congratulations!

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    • Choclette

      4th June 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Hey, thanks Kavey. It was a night to remember.

      Reply
  43. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    5th November 2016 at 5:03 pm

    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 at 9:30 am

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

      Reply

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