Check out the 2019 winners

Categories & Judges

Giving Back

Last year we introduced the Giving Back Award - led by the brilliant Danny McCubbin Founder of San Patrignano UK and Culture Manager for Jamie Oliver Ltd and the inspirational Thomasina Miers, who won the first ever Masterchef in 2005, co-founded restaurant group Wahaca and is a trustee of Chefs in Schools. This year, we are very lucky to welcome food writer, Telegraph columnist, author and all-round food expert, Xanthe Clay to the panel. This award has been set up to shine a spotlight on the people who are enriching the community through food and drink. Thomasina and Danny are looking for large and small scale social enterprise initiatives and individuals as well.

Food Sharing

Celebrating British food and drink through social media, our acclaimed judges includes Melissa Hemsley of Hemsley + Hemsley, notorious for sharing beautiful recipes and inspiring content, Clerkenwell Boy who gives unerring support to the country's best food and drink businesses and Phoebe Hurst, UK Editor of MUNCHIES - VICE, renowned for inspiring culinary coverage.

Front of House

Sommeliers, managers, waiters, maitre d’s and everything in between, get entering! Inspired by our top judges, Natalia Ribbe of Eighty Six List, Sandia Chang of Bubbledogs, Daniel Willis of the acclaimed Clove Club and Joanne Searley of JKS restaurants, we want to give the restaurant frontline recognition for the great work they do.


Previous finalists to cook before our remarkable panel include the legendary Tom Sellers, John Chantarasak, Tomos Parry and Elizabeth Allen. Brilliant chefs, you might be stuck in the kitchen 24/7, but take 5 minutes to enter and you could get a chance to seriously raise your culinary profile. Judging takes place at the iconic Leiths Cookery School.


Calling all real bread bakers and pioneering cake-makers, this is your chance to shout about what you’re doing! This year, we have world-renowned baker, food writer, photographer, TV presenter, and celebrity chef Dan Lepard AS WELL AS the incredible food writer, cookery school owner, TV cook and GBBO winner - John Whaite join the judging panel. They will both be joining YBF founder and baker to the stars Lily Jones (AKA Lily Vanilli). They are all waiting to hear from you!


From innovative cocktail-shakers to DIY spirit-creators, our esteemed judges, Alice Lascelles, Financial Times drinks columnist and new judges for 2018, King of Cocktails, Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan) and The Clove Club's Bar Manager, occasional brewer and booze tinkerer, Rob Simpson - are waiting to be wowed. Mixologists, producers, curators and drinks buffs get entering now.


Charcutiers and butchers, smokers and barbecuers, farmers and smallholders - the meat category is a chance for you to show off your produce and skills, whether it’s rarebreed lamb you’re farming or a ham you’re making more skillfully than the Spanish, French or Italians put together.


The Modern Salad Grower wowed judges in its debut year and last year the wonderful Padstow Kitchen Gardens came first place. 2018 welcomes with open arms chef and restauranteur Jackson Boxer to the panel alongside chef, writer and author Anna Jones and pickle and preserve phenomenon Kylee Newton of Newton + Pott. They are all looking for something extraordinary to catch their eye.


After high demand and an onslaught of email requests, we rustled this up for those of you that don’t fit into the other sections. So far we’ve had cheese-makers, smoked salmon producers, ice-cream connoisseurs and whole kaleidoscope of food and drink craftsmen and women enter.

Fresh Voices in Food Writing

Launched by the lauded Sunday Times restaurant critic Marina O’Loughlin, who is joined by leading journalists Yotam Ottolenghi and Fay Maschler, the Fresh Voices category is a chance for bloggers and journalists to get their words heard. This year we are honoured to welcome BBC Good Food’s Editor-In-Chief Christine Hayes to the panel.

What it means to win a YBF

Tomos Parry
Winner, Chef of the Year

"The YBFs really does celebrate new and visionary talent from the food and drink world. Winning has given me some great opportunities and undoubtedly helped my career. It’s been a pleasure working alongside the other YBFs winners"

About Us

Founded by Amy Thorne (founder of TASTE PR),  journalist Chloe Scott-Moncrieff and Lily Jones (AKA Lily Vanilli), the YBFs was set up to fill a gap in the food and drink awards arena. Seeking out and celebrating the grassroots talent of the industry – the unsung heroes who deserve to be championed.

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