Jamie Oliver named Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero by the SRA

By Emma Eversham

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Jamie Oliver named Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero by the SRA

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Jamie Oliver has been named Raymond Blanc's Sustainability Hero ahead of the Sustainable Restaurant Association's (SRA) Food Made Good Awards 2016.

Oliver, who scored a victory in his sugar tax campaign​ in last week's Budget, is being recognised for his 'unrelenting passion and commitment' to use food as a force for good and improve the nation’s health.

Over the last 10 years Oliver has campaigned on a number of issues around health and food, including childhood obesity, the nation's loss of basic cooking skills, chicken welfare and depleted fish stocks.

The TV chef and business owner is also the founder of training restaurant Fifteen, which gives young people from challenging background a chance to work in the industry. 

Blanc, president of the SRA, will hand Oliver the award at the awards at the Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Hall tomorrow (22 March).

He said: "Since he first burst onto our TV screens as the Naked Chef, Jamie's enthusiasm has been utterly infectious and compelling. So, whether he is challenging school caterers head on, here or in the USA, or throwing himself into campaigns with an unrelenting passion and commitment to persuade the nation to buy higher welfare chicken, Jamie carries people with him, leading them to a better place." 

Oliver, who gained the support of 150,000 people for his sugar tax and raised £50k through applying the levy to sugary drinks in branches of Jamie's Italian, said: "Any award is a great honour and this one is extra special because it bears the name of one of my heroes. Raymond is an inspiration and I'm delighted to be able to call him a friend.”

The Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero Award is one of 20 awards to be presented at the Food Made Good Awards, sponsored by Nestlé Professional, which recognise restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, contract caterers, universities and hotels, who demonstrate that all food can be made delicious, ethical and sustainable.

Oliver will also present the People’s Favourite Award to Lussmanns Fish & Grill. This award was voted for by the public and run in partnership with the Independent on Sunday.

Previous winners of the SRA's Sustainability Hero Award are Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Sheila Dillon. 

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