Friday, 23 March 2012

Green Food Gets Top Gong

Cllr Huxtable presents Change Kitchen Director Birgit Kehrer with her award
By Ben Aulakh

The city’s most environmentally-conscious eating establishments were honoured at the third annual Birmingham Green Restaurant Awards last week.

The honours, held at the city hall and organised by the Birmingham Environmental Partnership, saw prizes presented in the now-traditional four  categories, along with one overall winner.

The top prize of Green Restaurant of the Year was won by the ChangeKitchen Community Interest Company, a charity run catering campnay based in Birmingham.

The community based venture specialises in providing vegan and vegetarian food for public and private events across the Midlands region.

Director of ChangeKitchen Birgit Kehrer said, “Healthy eating and great food shouldn’t just be a privilege for those who can afford it.

“It should be a right for everyone, and we are part of the revolution that is making that happen”

“How many people know that just opposite Birmingham’s wholesale market, is a professional catering outfit cooking up great tasting, ethically sourced organic, vegan and vegetarian food.”

The Change Kitchen take over the prestigious mantle from the Digbeth-based Warehouse Café, who were awarded the accolade in 2011.

Chairman of the Birmingham Environmental Partnership Cllr Timothy Huxtable said. “We have a proud reputation for the quality of food produced by Birmingham’s eating establishments.

“I am really 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.”

The awards also recognised the achievements of food outlets across Birmingham in the categories of waste management, energy reduction, staff and the community, and purchasing.

The overall award winners Change Kitchen also scooped the prize for waste management, while last year’s winners the Moor Hall hotel got the gong for energy reduction.

Renowned city eatery Purnell’s were given the award for staff and community, while Villa Midlands Food grabbed the purchasing accolade.

Photograph courtesy of Birmingham Newsroom's Flickr Feed.

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