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Every vote is a 50p donation to the charity of the brigades’ choice*.

Restaurant Associates
London - Business & Industry Caterers

This talented team – contracted in-house at a global law firm – mix youth and experience to great effect. From simple food-to-go, through to banquets, buffets and fine dining, no job is too much, no menu too complex. With such a close knit brigade, it’s no surprise that the kinship continues outside of the kitchen walls with regular social events.

Chosen Charity: Dementia UK.

Sue Brady Catering
Marlborough - Event Caterers

Catering for all occasions, this all-female brigade is dedicated to providing the very best dishes using only locally-sourced produce where possible. With no head-chef everyone plays their part to help cater for weddings, charity events and much more besides.

Chosen Charity: Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.

Anisha Grange
Essex - Healthcare

Residents’ needs are at the top of this brigade’s priorities, whether that’s providing a one-off special for someone under the weather or a bespoke birthday cake to help celebrate a big day. Regular meetings with residents mean the team can ensure the menus they create keep everyone happy.

Chosen Charity: St Luke’s Hospice, Basildon.

Heythrop Park Hotel
Oxford - Hotels

This hard working hotel brigade isn’t scared to put in the long hours to keep the hotel ticking, and is never happier when it has to pull together for a service. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, while taking care of high end functions and seeing to the needs of hungry golfers, the hotel’s newest concept, Street Food Village, combines innovative cooking with global flavours to bring to life the theatre and fun of street food.

Chosen Charity: Support for the Sick Newborn And their Parents.

The Rose & Crown
Warwick - Pubs

Passion, pride, training and mutual support are the watchwords of this family unit, part of the celebrated Peach estate of pubs. From the floorboards up, the team culture means input from every member is valued – a mantra of ‘consistency in the kitchen, consistency in the quality of food’, means staff retention is high. One indispensable team member is the Rose and Crown’s dedicated BBQ smoker – the only one in the entire estate – which makes for some seriously flavoursome food.

Chosen Charity: The Peach Foundation.

The Cosy Club
Nationwide - Restaurants

Fully entrenched in the competitive world of casual dining as part of the Loungers group, the Cosy Club operates with a small but incredibly loyal and focused team. With a menu that emphasises the three ‘B’s – breakfast, burgers and a highly popular brunch, this brigade is constantly developing dishes, with ideas and inspiration coming from the commis right up to the head chefs.

Chosen Charity: Age UK.

Park Community School
Havant - Schools

This Havant kitchen is a shining example of how good school food can be. The proud brigade at its heart not only rears its own pigs for meat, it also oversees a full scale kitchen garden and beehive, believing that locally sourced produce is the key to keeping kids concentrating and improving education around food and nutrition.

Chosen Charity: Park Community Ventures.

Madingley Hall
Cambridge - Universities & Colleges

Whether it’s barbecues, banquets, outdoor cinemas, weddings or beyond, this versatile University brigade has it covered.  A policy of no firm menu plans means the team can use their skill and years of experience, imagination and trust to get creative.

Chosen Charity: Arthur Rank Hospice.

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  • The team crowned Britain’s Best Brigade will win the accolade of this prestigious title along with £1,000 cash and a bespoke menu development masterclass! .
  • The seven finalists from the different sectors will also receive a team night out on us worth £300 each!

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Terms and Conditions – (the ‘Official Rules’)


Entries will be accepted for Britain’s Best Brigades from 16th January until midday GMT on 24th April 2017.

Judging will occur between 26th April and 3rd May 2017.

Voting will open on 24th May 2017 and will close at midday GMT on 27th June 2017.


There are eight sectors – see point 3. One finalist will be selected from each sector during judging. The finalist from each sector will be notified between 3rd and 5th May 2017.

The overall Britain’s Best Brigades winner will be notified on 3rd July 2017.


The Britain’s Best Brigades contest is only open to bone fide catering teams, with a minimum of two members, who are all legal residents of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and currently operating within the below eight given sectors.

  • Pubs
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Schools
  • Universities & colleges
  • Healthcare
  • Event caterers
  • Business & industry caterers

Each member of the brigade must be at least 16 years old and have permission from their employer to enter. The officers, directors, employees, contractors, prize providers and agents of Essential Cuisine (the “Promoter”) and the immediate families and those living in the same household of any of the above are not eligible.

If entrants do not respond to notification of becoming a finalist within 48 hours, the entrant forfeits their position within the contest and the next highest scorer from that sector will be selected and contacted.

In entering the competition, the main contact of the entry must be available on the telephone for potential interview between the times of 9am to 5pm GMT on 28th June 2017.


Each entry must contain all valid contact details and all mandatory business information as indicated on the form. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in disqualification.


All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by a judging panel of Essential Cuisine employees as well as three other independent parties (names of which are available upon request) all of whom will have experience in the foodservice industry, who will choose one entry per sector that best meets the criteria listed below. Each entry will receive a score of 0 to 100 based on the following criteria:

  • Level of team work
  • Commitment
  • Work ethic

In the event of a tie, the tied entries will be re-evaluated by the judging criteria, and if still tied, the most original entry will be deemed the most suitable for the final.

The decisions of each judge are final in relation to all promotional matters. The eight finalists will be contacted by telephone between 3rd May and 5th May 2017 and asked to submit a thirty to sixty second video detailing why they should be crowned Britain’s Best Brigade 2017. These videos will be uploaded to and open to a public vote. The entry that receives most votes will be crowned the overall winner of the competition.

The winning team will be announced on


Submissions will only be accepted via the official entry form that is located on the Essential Cuisine website

Only one entry per establishment will be accepted.

By entering this contest, entrants grant consent to the use of their name and likeness, along with establishment name for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes, without further compensation (except where prohibited).


Prize structure: There will be one Grand Prize and seven Runners-up for the contest. The Grand Prize is £1,000, a Britain’s Best Brigade trophy, a certificate and participation in a team masterclass. The masterclass is compulsory and will take place at the winner’s establishment with an Essential Cuisine representative and will involve an interview with the team as well as photography of the team in the kitchen and the establishment (interior and exterior) to be used in editorial in trade press and across social media. The interview discussion will discuss what it means to win and what effect this will have on the team.

The seven runners up will receive £300 and a certificate.

All cheques will be made out to the entrant’s full name and sent to the address as detailed within the submission.

Owing to exceptional circumstances outside its reasonable control and only where circumstances make this unavoidable, the Promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the promotion or these terms and conditions at any stage but will always endeavour to minimize the effect to participants in order to avoid undue disappointment.


Members of the public will be invited to vote from 24th May and 27th June 2017 (“Voting Period”). The Promoter reserves the right to amend the dates in circumstances out of their control. The Promoter will notify of any amends on the website.

Voting will only be open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 16 or over, excluding employees and the immediate families of the Promoter, its affiliated companies, agents or anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.

Essential Cuisine will ask each finalist team to nominate a charity of their choice, providing the name and official registered charity number. For each eligible vote received for that finalist team, 50p will be donated by Essential Cuisine to their chosen charity. This will be capped at a total of £2,000 for all votes combined across all finalist teams.

To vote, participants must visit and register a vote for their favourite brigade.

Only one vote may be registered per person, per email address. Duplicates will be removed and will not be accepted. Anyone trying to circumvent this condition by using alternative details will be disqualified.

Any abuse of the voting system, including vote-rigging or any kind of vote farming, will result in disqualification of the entry and/or disqualification on voting, at the Promoter’s discretion.

The Promoter reserves the right to suspend all or any voting should any abuse of the voting system be suspected.

Any automated votes will be disqualified.

At the close of the Voting Period, the finalist that receives the most votes will be deemed the overall winner. In the unlikely event that public voting results in a tie, the tied finalists will be re-judged by the judges based on the judging criteria stated above in relation to the selection of finalist entries.


Except where prohibited by law, entry into the promotion constitutes permission to use winners’ name, likeness and/or prize information and establishment name and location without limitation, for promotional purposes without further permission or compensation.

Names and sectors of the seven finalists and overall winner will be posted on the Essential Cuisine website, and entrant information may be used by Essential Cuisine for marketing purposes.


Essential Cuisine is not responsible for lost, late, damaged, illegible, garbled, inaccurate, misdirected, undelivered, or delayed entries. No incomplete entries will be accepted. Entries will not be returned or acknowledged.

By participating in the Contest, entrants: (i) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements; and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of Essential Cuisine and the independent judging organisation, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest. Essential Cuisine reserves the right in its sole discretion to: (i) permanently disqualify from the Contest any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules; and (ii) withdraw the Contest if it becomes technically corrupted such that, in Essential Cuisine’s sole determination, the online method of entry cannot be conducted as originally planned (including if a computer virus or system malfunction inalterably impairs its ability to conduct the Contest) and to select winners from among all eligible online entries received prior to withdrawal.


These terms and conditions are subject to English law and to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts.


Entry instructions form part of these Terms and Conditions. By taking part in this competition entrants are deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions.


Promoter; Essential Cuisine, Browning Way, Woodford Park Industrial Estate, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 2RH


Please contact Essential Cuisine on 01606 541490 with any questions about Britain’s Best Brigades 2017.

These Terms and Conditions prevail in the event of any conflict or inconsistency with any other communications, including advertising or promotional materials. Participants of the Promotion agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.