Meet the producers impressing on the London craft scene
Bang in the middle of a sprawling metropolis doesn't sound like the most likely location for a tiny company producing award-nominated cheese. But that's just where the Tottenham-based Wildes Cheese finds itself, as it enters the finals of the first Urban Food Awards.
Designed as a celebration of capital-made produce, the competition has been put on by the London Food Link and the Mayor of London. There are categories for bread, beer, salad, cheese, sausages and honey, and all the (delicious-sounding) artisan bits will be judged by a panel including Boris Johnson, chefs Rowley Leigh and Ollie Rowe and the Evening Standard's resident restaurant reviewer Fay Maschler (tough gig.)
Also nommed are Forty Hall Farm, a collective of students and volunteers who pull together remarkably tasty 'urban sausages', the Streatham-based Elephant Bakehouse for their Wellfield Rye loaf and the sweet, golden honey made by Bermondsey Street Bees.
Winners will be announced on 24 September at Borough Market's Urban Food Feast. We're feeling all inspired to start growing herbs on the window ledge or something...