Bartender wins award for the best of Young British Foodies


YBFs Carl Brown Alice Lascelles

Bartender Carl Brown, “daru-wallah” of London restaurant Dishoom, has been announced as one of the winners of this year’s YBFs awards.

Carl, whose job title means “drinks person”, won the cocktails and alcohol category in the awards, which stand for “Young British Foodies”.

He was praised for creating a serve that customers could customise by pouring drinks from two different bottles. The cocktail was also barrel-aged.

The category was judged by Tony Conigliaro of London bar 69 Colebrooke Row, drinks writers Alice Lascelles and Anistatia Miller, and Gareth Evans, group bar manager for Jason Atherton’s restaurants and bars.

It was the second award win in seven days for Carl who also triumphed in the Vintage to Visionary cocktail competition run by Hayman’s Gin and The Bitter Truth.

The winners of the YBFs 2014 were announced at a ceremony hosted at Tate Britain. Other winners were:

  • Tomos Parry of coffee and barbecue specialists Climpson’s for cheffing;
  • Tim Matthews of the Artisan Smokehouse in Suffolk for meat;
  • Sarah Lemanski of Leeds-based Noisette Bakehouse for baking;
  • Luke Suddards & Hugh Duffie of coffee consultancy Sandows for coffee;
  • Sean O’Neill of supplier The Modern Salad Grower for vegetables;
  • Radhika Mohendas of east Asian specialist Dorshi for street food;
  • The Robin Collective for experiential;
  • Misti Traya of Chagrinnamon Toast for food writing;
  • an honorary award for Dana Elmara, founder of Arganic, supplier of organic argan oil.

The awards were founded by food journalist Chloe Scott Moncrieff, baker Lily Vanilli, Lily Jones, and Amy Thorne, founder and managing director of Taste PR.

Chloe said: “The awards have been extra special this year. From the ballsy butchers to the incredible bakers to the new young chefs, not only was the calibre of YBF finalists dazzling, but awards night at Tate Britain was a stellar affair. It was wild and most importantly, celebratory.

“We’re here to celebrate the new young food and drink talent coming through across Britain. This year, nearly 50% of our winners weren’t London-based but hailed from everywhere from Cornwall to Suffolk to Scotland, showing the Young British Foodies is a truly national movement.”

Carl is pictured collecting his award from Alice Lascelles.

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