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The YBFs 2017

Posted by Vicki Baker, Sep 20, 2017

The YBFs, once hailed the Mercurys of the food world (although the claimant had just won a prize so I guess he was biased), took place this year at the beyond-beautiful Two Temple Place. A gothic mansion hidden away on Temple embankment built as a bolthole by the richest man of that time, an American who shunned American society in favour for a more reserved British crowd. His love of story books is carved into every surface of Two Temple Place and his paranoia (you would be too if you were that rich) is evident with secret doors and cupboards throughout the house. Thus maketh the best most brilliant topsy turvy venue to run around in celebrating the best there is in new and exciting food and drink talent.

I was delighted to produce the YBFs for the fourth year running, and, I may say this every year, but this was my favourite. A divine menu designed by YBF favourite and 2014 chef winner Tomos Parry. An almost too beautiful to eat dessert bar curated by Lily Vanilli. Boozy Tanqueray Gin raindrop cakes. A deep blue appliquéd curtain with silver YBF letters sat upon a tiered semi circular stage. The Foraged Bar with it’s neon green fluorescents, lush green foliage draped from the walls and the show-stopping centre piece bar. Harrods’ mini Food Hall, tree installation with YBF Grand Cru chocolate bars dripping from it and the charming Harrods Green Men. The secret Tabasco Half Shell Bar where people were given a surprise gift of a Tabasco bottle with their own name on it alongside their Harrods oyster and seaweed shot created by Rob Simpson of the Clove Club. More neon! And then there was The YBFs table showcasing the talents of this years finalists…. I could go on and on but take a look at some pictures instead.

Photos | Safia Shakarchi, Alex Gale, Liz Sebrook, twobytwo and Two Temple Place

Take a look at the Munchies article for their roundup of the night.