Food Hero of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2021/22
Chosen by our judges:
JB Kitchen, Thurcaston, Leicestershire
The top public vote-winners:
Derby Pyclet Co, Derby – Nominated for reviving the Derbyshire pyclet.
Radmoor Restaurant, Loughborough – Nominated for providing valuable training to hospitality students.
JB Kitchen, Thurcaston, Leicestershire – Nominated for creating an excellent food business in the face of adversity.
Ferneley’s Milk, Whissendine, Rutland – Nominated for launching a milk delivery round while running a farm and café.
The winner is JB Kitchen – a food-delivery service founded in 2020 during lockdown to bring restaurant-quality meals to people’s doors.
Our Food Hero category exists to celebrate food & drink independents that have achieved something special, and JB Kitchen, founded by chef Jordan Brady, certainly ticks that box.
Just nine years ago, Jordan was homeless and sleeping rough, having left school aged 13. However, he turned his life around by becoming a chef and working hard. And never more so than during lockdown, when he launched JB Kitchen.
Since then, with the support of his nearest and dearest, especially that of his partner Sarah, he’s cooked and delivered creative, restaurant-quality dishes to homes around the East Midlands. This was not only a brilliant response to the pandemic, but also an outstanding response to Jordan’s challenging past. And vitally, his food is of a very high quality – we have tried a number of dishes and thoroughly enjoyed them.
But the story doesn’t end there. Jordan and his team are now planning to open a restaurant in Birstall, Leicestershire.
JB Kitchen provides inspiration to future chefs and entrepreneurs and is a worthy winner of our Food Hero Award.
Congratulations to all four of our shortlisted businesses.