Food Idol nominations open


Calling all food activistas! 

Know someone who’s put their blood, sweat, and tears into making this city a better place - through food? Don’t keep them a secret...Nominate your local food hero for this year’s Food Idol Awards!

Food Forward's Food Idol Awards celebrate outstanding contributions by food activists and activators. The awards bring the Food Forward community together to name and thank the Food Idols among us - our above-and-beyond volunteers, trail-blazing Toronto community members, innovative projects, and businesses that are getting it right. 

Food Idols represent any age, background and activity area. Each one of them is focused on healthy food and communities that are inclusive, diverse, ethical, local, and resilient. 

Food Forward is the place where Torontonians meet to create a better City through food. Help us identify and celebrate new efforts that make this city better! 

Nominate a Food Idol you know is especially deserving of community recognition.

This year's Food Idol winners will be announced and celebrated along with Food Forward's 5th Anniversary at #2Hot4Kitchen, in collaboration with caterToronto. This event is free!

2015 Food Idol Award Categories

Breakout Food Activist – This activist has a desire for action to change food policy that’s led him/her to community organizing or standing up for food justice/good food policy change within business, social institutions, or government.

Food Forward Outstanding Member – A committed Food Forward member whose contributions further our mission, through initiatives, development, capacity, and/or outreach. Also considers independent work this person has contributed to the good food movement (e.g. projects or policies) through education, advocacy, and connecting.

Toronto Food Champion – A committed city community member who has worked hard to advance a better Toronto through good food, food justice, and/or community food security in our neighbourhoods or communities. Their work may have been as a volunteer or employee of an organization, or through their own leadership efforts.

Spicy New Venture Award – Recognizes a food-related business or entrepreneur whose recent work has led to the development of a delicious venture contributing significantly to increase good food, food justice, and/or good food jobs expansion in one or more Toronto neighbourhoods.

Sweet New Initiative Award – Recognizes an organization, group, or partnership whose recent work has led to the development of an initiative contributing significantly to increase good food, food justice, and/or community food security in one or more Toronto neighbourhoods.

Criteria & Qualifications

The selection committee will be looking for good food work that is practical, visionary, and innovative.

We consider work focused on food and communities that are inclusive, diverse, ethical, local, and resilient. We also recognize contribution of efforts to good food jobs and community economic development in Toronto.

As we aim to recognize and celebrate new leadership, work on the initiative should have begun or significantly carried out in the last two years.

Nominators should not nominate themselves or a project they have had a significant role in organizing. Individuals may make more than one nomination and in any category. Decisions of the committee will be final.

Time to Nominate!

Nominate a Food Idol you know is especially deserving of community recognition! Tell us briefly about this person: how have they succeeded in their good food work? 

Reflect on the awards criteria outlined above, and briefly answer the points below.

Deadline: end of day, August 7, 2015

Email your submission to:

Please include the name of the award and nominee in the subject line, and: 

- Your name and email/phone contact

- Name of nominee and email/phone contact

- What inspired the nominee to do this work? (max. 100 words)

- In what two ways has this person demonstrated a commitment to good food, food justice, community food security, or good food jobs? (max. 100 words)

- What’s the single best example of the impact of this project/business/person? (max. 100 words)

- Website/social media and email/phone contact for nominee

Click here for 2014's Food Idols