The Countryside Alliance has announced that David Lidgate, butcher and liveryman of the prestigious Worshipful Company of Butchers has joined the judging panel of its “Rural Oscars” Awards. David Lidgate is a fourth generation butcher whose 150 year old Holland Park shop has won many awards. Fans of C. Lidgate include Egon Ronay, Tom Parker-Bowles and Richard Branson. David says: “These awards offer a great opportunity for Craftsman Butchers countrywide to tell of their prowess.”
The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’, are now in their eighth year. They were set up to celebrate the characters, produce, traditions and enterprise of the countryside through the people who work so hard to make it tick. The butcher category is one of the most popular and seeks to applaud not only traditional butchery skills but the support local butchers give to their communities and farmers.
David will be a welcome addition to an already experienced judging panel which features Clarissa Dickson Wright, Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner, Farmers Weekly Editor Emma Penny, Daily Telegraph Assistant Editor Philip Johnston and Hunter Boot’s Chris Dewbury. The panel will meet early in 2013 to decide the overall Awards champions and will help to present the Awards at a Parliamentary reception in March.
Awards Director Jill Grieve commented: “David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Countryside Alliance Awards and we are privileged to welcome him onto the judging panel. Farming and butchery are a central part of the Awards and David’s input will be invaluable as we celebrate the best butchers across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales."