We're very proud to share the news that Tom Mellor, who co-founded the brewery with his late wife, Gill almost 20 years ago, was presented with the Yorkshire Food Hero award at the deliciouslyorkshire awards last night.
Sponsored by Mason’s Gin, the inaugural Judy Bell Yorkshire Food Hero award was presented to Tom by Judy's daughters during an awards ceremony at the Pavilions in Harrogate.
Nominated by their peers and decided on by the panel of Taste Award judges, the Food Hero award has been renamed in honour of the late Judy Bell MBE, the original Yorkshire Food Hero, and seeks to shine a light on someone who has championed the Yorkshire food and drink industry far and wide.
The judges said: “This year’s recipient is a stalwart of the industry in the county, founding and running not one, but two multi-award-winning businesses and producing products enjoyed throughout the country and indeed around the world.
“Inspiring, innovative, and forward-thinking, Tom Mellor and his team have diversified and expanded, keeping up with trends and indeed setting new ones for many years from their base in East Yorkshire.
“Tom is a popular winner, building successful businesses alongside being a great ambassador of Yorkshire food and drink. A true Yorkshire Food Hero and a very worthy winner of this year’s award.”
A delighted Tom said: “It’s a real honour to be presented with this award. Judy did an amazing job of championing Yorkshire food and drink and was always a great support to me, Gill and our family as we grew our businesses.”