Lussmanns has been named ‘The People’s Favourite’ at the annual Food Made Good Awards 2016. We were also runners-up for ‘UK Sustainable Small Restaurant Group of the Year’, a title that we held during 2014 and 2015
Organised by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) and supported by The Independent on Sunday, the Food Made Good awards recognise a diverse range of ethical eateries – the often unsung heroes of hospitality who go way beyond just serving delicious food. Other winners included River Cottage, Pocoi and Wahaca.
Speaking to The Independent on Sunday just before the awards, founder and managing director Andrei Lussmann explained how sustainability has been fundamental to his business plan for more than a decade. Andrei believes in high-welfare farming, ethical sourcing and cooking with the seasons. However, he also understands that Lussmanns’ loyal patrons – 3,000 diners a week – expect a first class experience with consistently good food, service and value.
“…with Lussmanns, for eight years we didn’t tell anyone what we were doing. We didn’t want to come across as being sanctimonious or righteous or preachy.” [Read the full article here]
The coveted award, decided entirely by public vote, was presented by SRA President, Raymond Blanc, OBE and the Food Made Good 2016 Sustainability Hero, Jamie Oliver, MBE on 22 March 2016 at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Hall in London. After receiving the award, Andrei Lussmann said: “We are humbled to receive such an endorsement. It’s a seal of approval and a demand for ‘more of the same please’ that will spur us on to continue providing a sustainable option on the high street.”
Mark Linehan, Managing Director of the SRA, said: “Now in their fifth year, albeit with a new name, the Food Made Good Awards recognise the incredible achievements of restaurants and the wider hospitality sector that few other awards do.”
See also: Lussmanns Restaurants are finalists for two national Food Made Good Awards 2016 – March 2016 [pdf] & Lussmanns Restaurants are finalists for the Food Made Good / Independent on Sunday ‘People’s Favourite’ Awards – Feb 2016 [pdf]