Santa’s Nice List

Santa’s going to have his work cut out to visit all those who’ve made it onto our #NiceList. But he certainly won’t go hungry, if they live up to their reputation and leave out a sample of their delicious produce for him and his reindeer.

We’ve compiled this list of five fabulous food lovers from the many nominations for Santa’s NiceList we’ve received over the last two weeks in response to our appeal.

There’s a blogger cum writer who’s put a fresh zing into healthy food, an evangelical Cornish forager, a couple of Scottish ice cream makers who care as much about their cows as their cream, the pioneering owner of Britain’s first sushi-conveyor restaurant in London and a woman who is turning ugly fruit and veg into hunger-killing hummous.

And in no particular order, here is the list of the five very deserving recipients. We trust Santa will be generous.

1. Caroline Davey who, in the words of her nominator, provides education about wild food. In practical terms, visitors to Fat Hen in West Cornwall can explore the beautiful sea and landscapes, learn about all the amazing free food it offers (seaweed, shellfish and game among other gems) as well as how to prepare it.

2. Anyone who makes ice cream must be in with a chance of making it onto the #NiceList in our book. But, there’s a guaranteed spot on there for Wilma and David Finlay (pictured). The couple run Cream o’ Galloway, a dairy business with a difference. Finlay’s Farms, organic for more than 20 years, recently built a whole new dairy designed to keep calves with their mothers for as long as possible.

3. The next stop on Santa’s tour should be Moshi Moshi, which 20 years ago Caroline Bennett opened as the UK’s first sushi conveyor-belt restaurant. Caroline was put forward as a pioneer of sustainable fish, serving a wide range of unusual and under-loved species, unusual bits of the fish and a really good vegetarian range. She got a special mention for her latest venture, Sole of Discretion, a sustainable fish box-scheme from a group of fishing boats in Plymouth.

4. Chic P – otherwise known as Hannah McCollum, is the next on the #NiceList. Hannah/Chic P is one of a number of food heroes who has recognised the real value of food. Inspired by the likes of jam and chutney makers Rubies in the Rubble, she’s hoovering up ugly fruit and vegetables from London’s markets and turning them into a huge range of humous flavours for events, lunches and supper clubs.

5. If some of the other names on the list are a wee bit below the radar, the fifth and final name has been ubiquitous in 2015 – in a good way of course. Ella Woodward, known to many as Deliciously Ella – was nominated for the #NiceList for “making clean eating tasty”. We reckon that’s another way of saying making healthy food so much more than a niche, bland and frankly tasteless fad. And that’s worth a place on anybody’s Christmas list.

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