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Knowle West Chef is Bristol Local Food Hero

Second award for the area

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A Knowle West chef and champion of food education has won the BBC Bristol Local Food Hero award.

Barny Haughton – who runs Square Food Foundation cookery school at The Park – received his accolade at the Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards.

The award recognises his lifetime of achievement as a pioneer of organic and sustainable food and valuable contribution to Bristol’s food scene.

Barny is director and head teacher at Square Food Foundation – a cookery school and community kitchen that teaches “people from all walks of life to cook good food from scratch.” The company uses any profit from its masterclasses and corporate events to support its community work

This is the second Local Food Hero Award for the area. Last year it was won by Steve Griffiths, a gardener at Knowle West Health Association, for his work at Let’s Grow Community Allotments.

Barny’s career spans nearly three decades, opening Rocinantes Tapas Bar on Whiteladies Road in the 1990s, followed by Quartier Vert, and then Bordeaux Quay on Harbourside.

He says of the award: “It’s brilliant, it feels like an endorsement of 30 years work in a way and so it’s obviously not just about me but everyone who’s been on this journey…

“The mission here is to build on what we’ve started and to make food democracy – creating an environment where people can cook, shop and eat what is coming out of Knowle West …we have been working on creating a market at The Park for example…

“People are exited about what’s going on – all over Knowle West there are hubs of food activity. It’s coming from within the community and it’s growing and we are all making connections between each other as well.”