Salad specialist named best farmer

Pictured: David Newman, second from left, with partner Tracy Russell, third from left, and awards celebration co-hosts, Observer restaurant critic, Jay Rayner, and The Great British Bake Off presenter, Sue Perkins.
Pictured: David Newman, second from left, with partner Tracy Russell, third from left, and awards celebration co-hosts, Observer restaurant critic, Jay Rayner, and The Great British Bake Off presenter, Sue Perkins.

A salad specialist has been named best local farmer at the 10th Observer Food Monthly Awards

David Newman, 45, who runs Bucksum Salads in Long Crendon, supplies produce to a number of top restaurants in the south east such as Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir and Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers.

He said: “It’s great to receive the recognition and there were 10 judges so they must have liked what I’m doing!”

Mr Newman said they were all very well looked after at the awards ceremony which was held at the Freemasons’ Hall in London and co-hosted by food critic Jay Rayner and Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins.

Celebrity chefs were in attendance including Heston Blumenthal who was awarded chef of the decade.

Mr Newman is proud of his low profile, independent farming during the recession.

He said: “Times are tough but I’d rather be in control of my produce than being at the mercy of a particular supermarket.”

Bucksum Salads has grown produce at their Shabbington Field farm since 2006 and has a shop which is open on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

Tom Kerridge, who has used Mr Newman’s produce for the past three years, joined the Bucksum team at the recent Thame food festival where he signed copies of his new book.