This award recognises individual contribution to environmental, social and economic sustainability. This is a hotly contested category and one that attracts a great deal of attention every year. Past winners of this category include Raymond Blanc, Cyrus Todiwala, Anne Pierce MBE, Pret A Manger's Nicki Fisher and last years winner Allegra McEvedy MBE for commitment to fair trade.
Arthur Potts Dawson, The People’s Supermarket
Gelf Alderson, River Cottage Cookery School
Juliette Williams & Stuart Trent, Environmental Justice Foundation
Justin Home, Tiny Leaf
Martin Smith, University of Manchester
Callum Roberts, University of York
Richard Lochead, Scottish Government
The Winner as voted for by the judges: Gelf Alderson
Gelf Alderson is Head Chef at River Cottage. He runs the kitchens and the busy cooking school and is key to communicating sustainability and the River Cottage sustainable credentials to clients of the cooking school and guests. Visitors gain an insight into practical sustainable and ethical sourcing, growing and animal husbandry.
Sustainability needs individuals who can communicate sustainability in a practical, down to earth and logical manner. Gelf is such an individual. He is both engaging and charismatic and from our experience leaves visitors with a clear understanding and heads full of ideas to implement back in their own organisations.