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The Observer partners with Heston Blumenthal for food awards

The Observer newspaper has collaborated with celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, named chef of the decade at The Observer Food Monthly Awards 2013 (OFMs), to create a series of edible trophies.

The unconventional gongs came complete OFM branding to mimic traditional trophies and were coated in white and dark chocolate with a passion fruit caramel centre.

Commenting on the awards, Allan Jenkins, editor of Observer Food Monthly Magazine and chair of the judging panel said: “The amazing transformation in British food in this first decade of the awards shines through in this year’s winners. Whether it’s the small but brilliant L’Enclume in the Lake District winning best restaurant, or a supremely talented female teenage cook in Cornwall beating the big-city, big-money, big-boy chefs, the days of the local food hero are definitely and defiantly here. Observer Food Monthly readers voted in their tens of thousands (the numbers have more than doubled in the past three years) to put their favourite people and places on the map."

The OFM seek to seek to recognise the finest British food and produce from independent local producers through to the country’s most celebrated chefs.

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