Market Kitchen Local Food Heroes 2009

market_kitchenMarket Kitchen Local Food Heroes 2009 launches on Monday 22nd June at 7pm exclusively on Good Food.

Local Food Heroes is back for its fourth consecutive year, and in 2009, it’s airing on Good Food channel’s daily show Market Kitchen. Matt Tebbutt, Market Kitchen’s very own presenter, will be championing all that’s great about regional food businesses with the aim of finding this year’s local food champion.

Market Kitchen will ask food lovers across the nation to nominate and vote for regional businesses that help put great food on our plates. Voting opens on Monday 22nd June and closes on Friday 7th August. Every vote counts, with the number of online votes dictating the top ten businesses in each of the ten regions that go through to the next round.

Once public votes are in, a panel of experts will select three finalists in each region, based on their Local Food Hero credentials (see notes to editors for the set criteria). Market Kitchen will be looking for those committed food businesses that are passionate about their craft, their customers, and their community.

After the panel have made their choices, Matt Tebbutt, who’ll be assisted by fellow Market Kitchen presenter Matthew Fort, will take a roadtrip around the country visiting the three shortlisted candidates in each region. At the end of October, the judges will select one winner from each of the ten regions as well as selecting the overall champion.

The battle hots up in November, as Market Kitchen broadcasts ten regionally themed shows across two weeks. Each regional victor will be announced at the end of each show, and in early December, all ten regional finalists will appear together where the wait will finally be over and this year’s winner will be announced. The overall champion will receive a fabulous trophy, a cheque for £5,000 and hold the highly coveted title of Local Food Hero 2009.

The competition has raised the profile of thousands of local businesses since its launch in 2006. It’s easy to help your Local Food Hero by visiting and placing your vote.

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