Heinz has collaborated with hospitality networking association Arena to launch an awards programme which recognises ‘foodies’ who have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact on their community.
Heinz Food Heroes is open to the whole food industry and includes two categories with the winner of each receiving £5,000 to go towards a training or mentorship programme of their choice. The categories are:
Most Heroic Individual – celebrates someone who works in food and has gone the extra mile to make things better in their community in the last 12 months.
Most Heroic Team – celebrates part of or a whole team working in food who go the extra mile to make things better in their community in the last 12 months.
Jojo de Noronha, Kraft Heinz Northern Europe President, says: “Here at Heinz, we have long been in awe of the outstanding work of people across the food industry - it’s something our founder Henry J Heinz recognised since the very beginning, and making a positive contribution to the world through food, is something that still drives the Heinz business today.
“This philosophy is why we started the Heinz Food Heroes awards; to recognise the dedication of individuals working hard and going above and beyond to make a difference in their communities.”
The winners will be selected by an esteemed judging panel which includes Leo Kattou, head chef at Simpson’s restaurant and 2019 MasterChef: The Professionals finalist; Candice Brown, winner of The Great British Bake off and owner of The Green Man Pub; Lorraine Wood, director of Arena; and Jojo de Noronha, Kraft Heinz Northern European President.
Judge Candice Brown comments: “The hospitality world, like so many of us, is having one hell of a year. Yet the great and the good across the industry have been pulling out all the stops to support their communities and the country through this time. Therefore, I feel that it is more important than ever to celebrate those in our industry who are doing amazing things to support not only themselves and their teams but their communities too, so I couldn’t be happier to be teaming up with the nation’s beloved Heinz to do just that! I can’t wait to see what stories are submitted to Heinz Food Heroes and would encourage as many people as possible to get involved and nominate someone who has made life better!”
Anybody can nominate a person or team of their choice who works in the food industry. Individuals and teams can also enter themselves.
Entries for the Heinz Food Heroes competition need to be completed online at www.heinz.co.uk/heroes by Friday 18th September 2020.