Award is icing on the cake for TV chef and author Bristow

Jenny Bristow
Jenny Bristow

Among those honoured was Jenny Bristow, the chef and broadcaster from Cullybackey in Co Antrim, for services to broadcasting and the food industry.

She hosted a World Nutrition Conference Masterclass in Belfast in 2012 and has supported charities for the elderly and those with cancer.

The TV chef – who is also a good food ambassador and cookery writer – has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).

Speaking following the announcement, she said: “I am absolutely delighted to learn that I am to receive this wonderfully prestigious award.

“I am honoured and truly blessed to have made a career out of something I love and am most passionate about.

“I am so proud to come from Northern Ireland and have had many wonderful opportunities which have taken me to many places and allowed me to meet and work with many exceptional people.

“It has always been my goal to share my experience, knowledge and passion for food to help educate and inspire people – from working with charities and corporate organisations, through to suppliers and producers from across Northern Ireland and beyond.”

Jenny has made her home in a stunning farmhouse near Cullybackey – featuring a renovated barn conversion which houses her state-of-the-art kitchen.

It is the location for her master classes, a cookery school and also serves as the backdrop to her successful TV series.

She has enjoyed additional success as the best-selling author of 12 cookery books – including a spell at number one on the Sunday Times best-selling list.

Her role as a good food ambassador has established her position as a leading expert in food produced in Northern Ireland.

As an avid supporter of many local brands, Jenny has been passionate about supporting local produce and businesses, and has been an ambassador for healthy eating as the way forward to a better lifestyle.

The former home economics teacher, who was brought up on her parents’ dairy farm near Coleraine, added: “This award is the icing on the cake, and I look forward to my visit to the palace and indeed many more years as a chef with many exciting new projects ahead.”

The BEM was scrapped in 1993 before being reintroduced for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June 2012.