The 2022 Food and Drink Heroes have been revealed at an exciting awards show that took place at Ideas Fest.

The 2022 Food and Drink Heroes winners are announced

Some of the best names in the food and drink industry gathered at Ideas Fest to celebrate the awards show and the successful finalists - with many taking away a prized engraved chopping board - what more could a Food and Drink Hero want?

The awards recognised the entrepreneurs behind the UK’s best food and drink businesses of the moment, across 14 separate categories. The awards show which took place at the festival grounds in Wickham, was set in a beautiful rural location, with business people from all industries gathered to network and champion all of the finalists - which truly added to the excitement of it all.

It was really inspiring to see the entrepreneurial spirit in one tent, and we are so happy to announce that the winners of the 2022 Food and Drink Heroes are:


Alcoholic Drink Entrepreneur of the Year

Jay Bradley -  The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Whiskey & Wealth Club


Animal Food Entrepreneur of the Year

James Lacy & Nathan Perry - Denzel’s


Baked Goods Entrepreneur of the Year 

Paul & Laura Clark - Phat Pasty Co 


Confectionary Entrepreneur of the Year 

James Cadbury - Love Cocoa H!P Chocolate


Export Entrepreneur of the Year 

Sean Ramsden - Ramsden International


Health Entrepreneur of the Year 

Wayne Starkey & James Whiting - Skinny Food Co


Hospitality Entrepreneur of the Year 

Louise Palmer-Masterton - Stem & Glory


Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year 

Charlie Gilpin & Sam Moss - Stocked


Non-Alcoholic Entrepreneur of the Year 

Ellie Webb - Caleño


Food Service Entrepreneur of the Year 

Antoine Melon & Nicolas Payet - HOMETAINMENT


Producer of the Year

David Thompson & Tom Mellor - Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery


Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year 

Laura Riches & Laura Rosenberger - Laylo


Street Food Entrepreneur of the Year

Puneet Wadhwani - Patri Artisan Street Food and Drinks


Sustainability Entrepreneur of the Year

Jamie Crummie - Too Good To Go


Francesca James, founder of Food and Drink Heroes, said: “The line-up of finalists was nothing short of impressive so the winners should be so proud of themselves to take away their awards. With over 700 entries from across the UK - these winners truly are the best of the best. We’re so lucky to add these businesses and the entrepreneurs to our community and can’t wait to come along on the rest of their journey.”

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