Nigel Barden to host Q Guild Smithfield Awards

Food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden has been announced as host of the Q Guild’s annual Smithfield Awards.

Run by the Q Guild of Butchers, the awards have been running for 30 years and will take place on 7 February 2018, at a luncheon at Stationers’ Hall in London.

Nigel Barden takes part in Simon Mayo’s popular Radio 2 show on a weekly basis, attracting audiences of over seven million. He has previously worked with Chris Evans on his Sony Gold award-winning radio show and is the food correspondent for BBC London. He specialises in promoting British ingredients and artisan producers, particularly in his role as chairman of judges for The Great Taste Awards, Farm Shop & Deli Awards, World Cheese Awards and host of the National Fish & Chip Awards.

He said: “Everything I’ve witnessed about the Q Guild of Butchers convinces me it’s an outstanding institution, representing some of the finest butchers the United Kingdom has to offer. The welfare of the animals, whose meat they sell and the farmers who rear them are of primary concern and, in turn, the customers who purchase their wares. Combine these with apprentice schemes and top-flight in-house training and you produce leaders in their industry. I’m honoured to be involved with the awards and look forward to celebrating those who are at the zenith of the butchery profession.”

In his role as host, Barden will award each category winner with a Diamond Award while one business will take home the coveted title of Smithfield Awards Supreme Champion. There will be further awards for the best beef and lamb products of English, Welsh and Scottish origin and the Best Pork and Bacon products of English origin.

Claire Holland, general manager of the Q Guild, said: “It is great to have Nigel’s support.  He brings a wealth of food experience, which means he understands how hard our members have worked to get to this level of the awards.”



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