Last Sunday, BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme opened nominations for the BBC Food & Farming Awards, calling on people across the North East to nominate their favourite producers, workplace cooks, local markets and food heroes.
Chef, food writer and restaurateur, Yotam Ottolenghi leads the search for the best of British food, drink and farming in the 16th BBC Food and Farming Awards.
Joining Ottolenghi, and the BBC, are some of the most respected experts on food and drink in the UK, including Angela Hartnett, Diana Henry, Allegra McEvedy, Stefan Gates and Charlotte Smith.
In 2015, Doddington Dairy in Northumberland, which produces its own cheese, ice-cream and yoghurt, won the award for best food producer.
Nominations are open for two weeks, until Sunday, January 24, via www.bbc.co.uk/foodawards