Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2019: Food & Drink Hero
PUBLISHED: 14:06 18 October 2019
Every year we honour people within the local community who do so much to help producers, restaurateurs, cafes, pubs, chefs and those in the hospitality industry
The Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards is one of the biggest events in the local calendar and it is hugely anticipated by the region's food and drink industry all year round.
We champion the he good and the great from the region's food & drink industry including local producers & suppliers, small farming businesses, chefs, restaurants, pubs and hoteliers, and people who care about the countryside and the future of our local environment.
This award is our opportunity to nominate its very own Somerset Food Hero, sponsored by Notaro Care Homes.
This year's Somerset Life Food and Drink Hero is a man who has campaigned for higher standards in food and has championed the local culinary scene in Somerset for decades.
He is not only a recognisable face around the county town, he is also a well-known personality on the British hotel and restaurant scene.
Born in 1947 into a family of hoteliers, our winner grew up living at The Castle Hotel in Taunton, then run by his parents.
Following his further education he returned to Taunton in the 1970s to help run The Castle, which his father had recently purchased. He went on to help make the family business a success and discover young chefs who became great names - including Chris Oakes, Phil Vickery, Gary Rhodes, Richard Guest and Liam Finnegan.
In 1989 our award winner was appointed MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his work in the hospitality and the tourism industry.
He has written four books. His two volumes of Great British Chefs were award-winning studies of the state of gastronomy in the UK. An Innkeeper's Diary, published in 1999, is an account of a year in his life at The Castle Hotel in Taunton. And his fourth book, My Archipelago, is an epic saga about the turbulent history of his family, published in September 2010.
And the winner is…
Kit Chapman MBE
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