The Caterer & Hotelkeeper Excellence in Food & Drink Awards have now opened for entries from suppliers who believe they are going that extra mile to help caterers triumph in this age of austerity.
Each best-of-category winner (except for the kids' awards) will then be considered for the overarching accolade of the Gold Excellence Award.
The prestige and commercial value of winning an excellence award has been underlined by two of http://www.excellenceinfoodanddrink.com" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">last year's winners](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/12/17/336767/Excellence-in-Food-and-Drink-Awards-2010-the-winners.htm), including Emma Quinn, category manager at [Hellmann's - ](http://www.unileverfoodsolutions.co.uk/)whose Sesame Soy Vinaigrette took the Gold Excellence Award.
"The comments from the judges were extremely complementary and we were pleased that the balanced flavours and authentic taste of the Sesame Soy Vinaigrette were recognised," said Quinn. "The accolade has created a fantastic marketing opportunity for us and has given our ingredient the credibility and praise it deserves."
[Mighty Leaf Tea](http://www.mightyleafteas.co.uk) director Alan Mellor added, "We're very proud of our three silver awards in the Hot Beverages Category, and we use the Winners logos on all our literature. The awards are well known and respected throughout the industry and there's no question that they've helped us win a number of prestigious new accounts."
Taste, flavour, texture, aroma, ingredients, innovation, packaging, presentation, price, and nutritional value will all inform the verdicts of our judging panel, who will assess the shortlisted entries at Croydon College in the week commencing 25 July.
To enter, [download the entry form](http://www.excellenceinfoodanddrink.com/uploads/assets/2011%20Food&Drink%20Awards%20Entry%20Form.pdf) from [www.excellenceinfoodanddrink.com - and return it to Shiva Hobson by Friday, 3 June. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
THE 20 CATEGORIES ARE:
Accompaniments & Ingredients Including sauces, chutneys, pickles, dressings, oils, preserves, condiments, tinned products and home baking products.
Alcoholic Drinks Including beers, ciders, wines and spirits.
Bakery Including bread, pies, cakes, savoury and sweet biscuits.
Cheese, Dairy & Milk Products Including drinks, custards, yogurt, fromage frais, butter, spreads, cream and cream alternatives.
Confectionery Including petit fours, chocolate truffles, chocolate mints, chocolate bars
Desserts & Puddings Ambient, chilled or frozen.
Fair-Trade, Organic & Ethical Products Any food and drink products marked as fair-trade, organic or ethical or products that have verifiable nutritional values
Food Intolerance Products Any food or drink products for people with food intolerance e.g. Gluten free, Lactose free etc.
Food On The Go Sandwiches, wraps, pasties, sausage rolls, savoury hand held snacks, and salads.
Hot Beverages Tea, coffee, herbal teas, cocoa and malt-based drinks, including fair-trade products.
Ice Creams Including frozen yoghurt.
Innovation Award For packaging and design and new product development.
Kids Main Meals Including organic and fair-trade meals, these must be products for children and not infants.
Kids Snacks & Drinks Any snack or drink products aimed at children not infants
Main Courses and Centre of Plate Ambient, chilled or frozen meals including ethnic products
Meat, Game, Poultry & Fish Including cuts of meat, chilled or frozen.
Snacks Crisps, nuts and bar snacks.
Soft Drinks & Juices Carbonates, fruit juices, smoothies, lifestyle drinks, energy drinks and flavoured water.
Starters, Side Orders and Buffet Products Ambient, chilled or frozen including ethnic and main course accompaniment products.
Vegetarian Fresh, frozen, or ambient ready meals including ethnic starters and main courses.