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Sadiq Khan at Borough Market for Urban Food Awards

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan dropped in at Borough Market on Wednesday night for the Urban Food Awards.

Sadiq Khan at Borough Market
Sadiq Khan at Borough Market
Sadiq Khan with the Gourmet Goat team
Sadiq Khan with the Gourmet Goat team
Sarah Wyndham Lewis and Dale Gibson
Sarah Wyndham Lewis and Dale Gibson of Bermondsey Street Bees

The Mayor presented the prize for best surplus food initiative to Borough Market traders Gourmet Goat.

Gourmet Goat creates and sells eastern Mediterranean village-style dishes using sustainable ingredients including kid meat from UK dairy farms; vine leaves from Forty Hall Vineyard in Enfield; whey cheese, a by-product of the cheese industry, organic wheatberries a by-product from bread production; and offal from Crete.

Sadiq Khan said: "I salute the breadth and expertise of the huge numbers of Londoners producing and growing the very best food and drink and it's fantastic to see their entrepreneurship flourishing in our great city.

"It was a privilege to present the Best Surplus Food Initiative award – it's a tragedy that so much food goes wasted in the capital when some Londoners are going hungry every day and I'm delighted that Gourmet Goat and the other nominees are tackling the problem in such a creative and effective way."

Gourmet Goat also triumphed in the sustainable street food category.

The heavenly honey category was also won by an SE1 producer, with Bermondsey Street Honey taking the top prize.

Dale Gibson and Sarah Wyndham Lewis have beehives four floors above Bermondsey Street.

The judges described the honey as "floral and rich with great viscosity with a taste that lingers in the mouth".

Dale Gibson told us that "the level of forage availability for pollinators is outstanding in SE1".

He added: "We'd like to keep it that way and to get it even better for future generations to enjoy bees and for the bees to thrive.

"We have every intention of raising the standard of London beekeeping to include forage appropriate for the number of beehives being introduced to our very populous bee environment here in London."


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