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Urban Food Awards 2019

The Mayor of London and London Food Link are using the 2019 Urban Food Awards to recognise the enterprises, initiatives and organisations bringing good food to London’s table. The London Growth Hub is sponsoring this year's 'Superfood Social Enterprise' award category, which will see the winner receive up to £5,000 of free business support. 

For the first time, the awards will also profile and celebrate women doing great things for food across the capital. This follows on from the success of the Mayor’s ‘Behind Every Great City’ campaign in pushing for greater gender equality.

The winners will be revealed at the end of March - in the meantime, find out more about some of the the Women in Food who have been selected as part of this year's awards!

There's more information on the other award categories, the judging process and prizes below #UrbanFoodAwards

Award Categories

This year’s award categories are:

  • Good To Go: Recognising and rewarding takeaways dumping the junk. For example, by offering healthier options, plant-based menus, sustainably-sourced fish and seafood, and operating in people and planet-friendly ways.


  • Surplus Superstar: Open to enterprises and initiatives working to reduce food surplus and waste, including those involved in circular economy.


  • Superfood Social Enterprise: Open to food-related social enterprises (i.e. businesses run to generate social and/or environmental ‘profit’ or benefit) launched in the past 12 months.


  • Innovation and Tasty Tech: Throwing the spotlight on good food enterprises based around innovative new ideas or technology.


  • Good Food on Prescription: Enterprises and initiatives helping to improve people’s mental and physical health and wellbeing through the growing and production of good food.


  • Veg City champion: Local campaigns or initiatives on a mission to encourage kids in the capital to eat more veg. Read more



Women in Food

This special award will recognise a number of amazing women doing great things for food in London. They could be working alone or as part of a team in food education, community food, good food enterprise, urban food growing, or good food campaigning or policy. Nominate an amazing woman you know who is doing great things for food!

Nomination guidelines

You can nominate yourself or anyone else based and operating in London for an award. 

The judges will be looking for nominations that:

  • Make clear how the nominee’s work in London aligns with the London Food Strategy’s definition of good food and with Sustain’s good food guidelines
  • Outline the wider benefits their work brings to the local community and economy
  • Demonstrate the progress they have made in achieving what they set out to do
  • Give specific examples of how they’re promoting good food. For example, if you’re nominating a takeaway for the Good to Go category, have they got the Healthier Catering Commitment?

While the judges look forward to seeing passion coming through, please avoid hyperbole and marketing speak!

Winners will be chosen from eligible, participating nominees, based on the quality of nominations and our judges’ expert knowledge.


The judging panel will be chaired by Claire Pritchard, who is Chair of the London Food Board, a group of experts who advise the Mayor of London and the GLA on the food matters that affect Londoners.

Fellow judges include members of the Mayor of London’s food policy team, London Food Link staff, and other good food experts.


Nominees will have the opportunity to generate free publicity by using social media, local media, customers and friends to champion their bid for London-wide glory.

Finalists will have the opportunity to generate even more promotion and receive a pair of tickets to the invitation-only awards ceremony.

The winners will be announced by The Mayor of London’s press office and featured in The Jellied Eel magazine, which has a readership of over 30,000 Londoners.

Everyone who makes a nomination will be entered in a draw to win a pair of tickets to the awards event.

Key dates

  • 21 January: Nominations/entries open
  • 17 February: Nominations/entries close. Nominees may be contacted to confirm the details that have been submitted about them
  • After 20 February: Finalists will be contacted and invited to the awards ceremony
  • 20 March: Winners announced at invitation-only awards ceremony

UFA partners

The Urban Food Awards 2019 are run by the Mayor of London and London Food Link

If you have any queries about the awards, please email [email protected],

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