Vegetarian for Life

Nominations for this year's awards are now closed!

Thanks to all who nominated their veggie hero for 2021, across the four categories.

We've had a sparkling array of care catering talent nominated this year for special recognition and we know already that competition will be tough across the board.

We're now excitedly making preperations for the award ceremony on 26 January, 2022, 2pm, to be held online for the second year running.

We'll be joined by a proud audience of wonderful nominees and their organisations, as well as a whole host of celebrities to 'present' the awards virtually.

Check back soon for more details of the ceremony, including a full list of nominees.

First launched in 2016, the Annual Awards highlight the importance of catering well for older vegetarians and vegans. We recently surveyed 1,000 care homes to find out how many residents are vegan or vegetarian. Since the survey was last commissioned in 2014, the number of vegans in residential care has increased by a whopping 167%!

With growing numbers of vegetarians being supported by the care sector, it is no surprise that news of the awards has been positively received by care organisations. Articles about the awards have been published by the NACC, Public Sector Catering, Care Home Catering, Hospitality Assured and many more.

It’s becoming impossible to ignore the demand for top-notch veggie care catering.

This year marks the fifth VfL Awards for Excellence in Veg*n Care Catering. With more vegans and vegetarians moving into residential care every year, this annual award recognises those who are pioneering the way in modern care catering.

The categories for this year’s awards are:

  • Veggie Care Chef of the Year. We wanted to find the care chef who is making the tastiest meals for older vegans or veggies.
  • Veggie Wholesaler of the Year. Meals on Wheels? Food delivery service? Retailer supplying the care sector? Let’s celebrate that company that makes veggie meals easy and practical for everyone.
  • Most Innovative Veggie Dish. We wanted someone to send us one magnificent recipe – something that is original, and that we can recommend to care caterers around the UK.
  • The Beulah Charity Trust Special Recognition Award. This is for that special someone who strives to make the UK a better place for older vegans and vegetarians. This could be a volunteer, a resident, a staff member or anyone pursuing this objective.


The Awards will be live on Wednesday 26 January at 2pm on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Please feel free to join us!

Visit our Veggie Heroes Past Winners page to see who has been honoured since the awards were first launched.

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