The winners of the inaugural Chelsea Awards were announced at a ceremony at the Saatchi Gallery on 8 October. The judges; Susan Dolton, Mayor Will Pascall, Cllr Alison Jackson, Reverend Cannon David Reindorp, Jo Malone CBE, John Simpson and Hugh Seabon, whittled down hundreds of nomination to a shortlist showcasing the very best of the Chelsea community.
The winners, and shortlisted were:
Only in Chelsea – a business that brings something unique to the area.
Shortlist: Chelsea Physic Garden, Sloane Square News Vendor
Winner: John Sandoe Books. The judges said: “Home to more than 30,000 titles, Sandoe is much more than a bookshop but an event space for talks with authors and book launches – this row of 18th century shops is a real treasure.”
Community Hero – an organisation or person that has benefitted the community through their actions.
Shortlist: Anne Hopewell-Ash, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Winner: The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation. The judges said: “This independent charity works to help disadvantaged local people across the borough, ensuring donations go to grassroots concerns where they are need most.”
Cultural Champion – an organisation or person that has enriched Chelsea’s culture.
Shortlist: Cadogan Hall, Saatchi Gallery
Winner: The Royal Court Theatre. The judges said: “A champion of emerging talent with a programme supporting aspiring writers, more than 120,000 visitors watch at the Royal Court every year.”
In Good Taste – someone who has made Chelsea delicious
Shortlist: The Chelsea Fishmonger, The Sea, The Sea
Winner: Partridges: The judges said “Since 1972, Royal Warrant Holder Partridges has been much more than the local grocer, innovating and supporting the wider area. They also created the ever popular food market at DOYS each Saturday, a hub for 70 small, high quality producers.”
Community Collaboration – businesses who have joined forces for the greater good.
Shortlist: K&C Art Weekend, Local Ambassadors
Winner: Glass Door. The judges said: “Offers shelters and support to those affected by homelessness across SW London. Its Sleep Out in Duke of York Square each year sees the community forces to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds which funds shelters throughout the winter.”
Masters of Craft– an Artisan who elevates the everyday to the extraordinary
Shortlist: The Deck, Manolo Blahnik
Winner: David Mellor. The judges said: “Currently celebrating his 50th anniversary on Sloane Square, Sir Terence Conran has called him ‘Britain’s greatest post-war product designer’.”
Future Forward – a company innovating to meet tomorrow’s challenges.
Shortlist: Blanc, Daniele de Montby
Winner: The Fashion School. The judges said: “teaches sustainable fashion through workshops sharing their wisdom of sewing, inspiring the next generation how to design ethically with zero waste.