Charity Vegetarian for Life has announced the finalists for its 2021 Awards for Excellence in Vegetarian and Vegan Care Catering. Now in their sixth year, the awards are a celebration of those going the extra mile for their vegan and vegetarian residents. 

All winners will be announced in a virtual awards ceremony commencing at 2pm on Wednesday 26 January 2022.

Hosted by popular MC, comedian and radio presenter, Matt Adlington, this year's star-studded awards ceremony will stream live via Facebook and YouTube

·         Veggie Care Chef of the Year - shortlist to be announced by television and radio presenter, property expert, and writer, Jasmine Harman.

·         Most Innovative Veggie Dish - shortlist to be announced by actress Roxy Shahidi, best known for playing Leyla Harding in ITV soap Emmerdale.

·         Veggie Wholesaler of The Year - shortlist to be announced by Scottish actor Paul Higgins, perhaps best known for appearing in TV's The Thick of It, Utopia and Line of Duty.

·         The Beulah Charity Trust Special Recognition Award - shortlist to be announced by comedian, actor, writer and film producer Dave Spikey, known for his stand-up comedy, and starring in the British comedy, Phoenix Nights.

The finalists for this year's awards are: 

Veggie Care Chef of the Year

·         Ben Kerslake - Frome Nursing Home

·         Champa Mistry - Birchwood Grange Care Home

·         Grant Burton - The Hawthorns Braintree 

Most Innovative Veggie Dish

·         Gary McGurk, Primrose Bank Residential Care Home - Vegan Gluten-Free Nut Brownies

·         Grant Burton, The Hawthorns Braintree - Crispy Gnocchi with a Tomato and Basil Sauce

·         Tom Waters, Ashfields Care Home - Chickpea ‘Tuna' 

Veggie Wholesaler of the Year

·         Anglia Crown

·         Bidfood

·         Thomas Ridley   

The Beulah Charity Trust Special Recognition Award - to be revealed on the day of the awards.