Green Restaurant Awards 2012 – winners named

By on 20/03/2012 in News

The city's most environmentally-conscious eating establishments were honoured at the third annual Birmingham Green Restaurant Awards last week (March 15).

Organised by the Birmingham Environmental Partnership and sponsored by Veolia Environmental Services and Birmingham City Council, the awards saw prizes presented in the now-traditional four categories, along with an overall winner.

The ChangeKitchen CIC (Community Interest Company) scooped the top award of Green Restaurant of the Year award during a ceremony at the Council House in the city centre.

They take over the prestigious mantle from the Digbeth-based Warehouse Café, winner in 2011. The judges felt they were so committed to the green agenda and scored highly in all categories that they should be named as the winner.

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Chairman of the Birmingham Environmental Partnership, said: “We have a proud reputation for the quality of food produced by Birmingham's eating establishments, so I am delighted they are backing this up by taking a responsible approach to managing the Earth's precious resources.

“The competition for these awards gets tougher each year - it shows that our restaurants and food producers do care about the issue of sustainability.

“Restaurants are a significant user of resources, from energy to food, so anything they can do to make the city more sustainable will have a big effect on an overall basis. I offer my congratulations to everyone who took part in this year's awards.”

The full list of winners, each of which was presented with a chopping board-style plaque, is as follows:

Waste Management

Winner: ChangeKitchen CIC

Highly Commended: Warehouse Cafe

Energy Reduction

Winner: Moor Hall Hotel

Highly Commended: Bridges Cafe Bar, at mac

Staff & Community

Winner: Purnell’s

Highly Commended: ChangeKitchen CIC

Purchasing

Winner: VMF (Villa Midlands Food)

Highly Commended: Moor Hall Hotel

The Green Restaurant of the Year 2012 (which honours the restaurant that has excelled in all four categories, or shown exemplary commitment to sustainability and the environment)

Winner: ChangeKitchen CIC

For a hi-res picture of this year’s winner, please visit the Birminghamnewsroom Flickr feed

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Notes to editors

1. The Birmingham Environmental Partnership is part of Be Birmingham, the city's Local Strategic Partnership. Its main function is to provide strategic leadership on environmental and sustainability issues to:

  • Promote a low carbon economy and lifestyle in the city
  • Assist the city to achieve a 60 per cent carbon reduction target by 2026
  • Increase resource efficiency and reduce waste
  • Enhance the quality of the local environment
  • Be prepared for and adapt to climate change
  • Enhance green infrastructure and protect and promote biodiversity and the natural environment

2. Despite being a catering company rather than a restaurant, the ChangeKitchen CIC (Community Interest Company) scooped the top award of Green Restaurant of the Year award during a ceremony at the Council House in the city centre. The judges felt they showed a strong commitment to the green agenda and scored highly in all categories - meaning they should be named as the winner.

For more media information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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