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Gillingham butcher is a cut above the rest

Date: 08/07/2008           Category: Economic Development

Ray Webb, the manager of Gillingham butchers J.C. Rook and Sons is hoping to bring home the bacon after being nominated as a local food hero. Ray, who has managed the High Street shop for 28 years, said: "We are very pleased and proud to have been nominated for a Local Food Hero Award. But I must stress that it's not only me but also the other five members of staff who have made the shop such a success. It's a team effort." He added that, if they were to stand a chance of winning, they need customers to vote for them before 14 July. J.C. Rook and Sons is a family run business which has been trading in Kent for over 40 years. With 16 butchers’ shops operating throughout Kent, it also offers dairy produce, cooked meats and vegetable boxes through an online delivery service. The company has built its reputation on providing high quality service and fresh meat at fair prices. Over the past several years it has worked with Kentish farms and suppliers to provide fresh Kentish meat and produce in its shops as well as producing its own beef on land near Fowlmead Country Park in Deal. Local produce served by local people who pride themselves on knowing their customers and what they really like. Chris Rook, JC Rook and Sons' Director said: "It's great that Ray has had official recognition for all his hard work in making our newest shop in Gillingham High Street one to be proud of. He is conscientious and diligent and has nurtured a great team to work alongside him to provide great customer service. It's also fantastic as a company to receive recognition for all the work JC Rook and Sons does to support local farmers and suppliers and making the very finest Kentish produce available to our customers.'' Town Centre Manager for Gillingham and Strood, Annette Lebreton said: "The Local Food Hero Awards are a celebration of our much loved small food businesses. I am pleased to see that J.C. Rook in Gillingham High Street is a nominee for this year’s award as the shop constantly provides good food to the local area. I wish Ray and his team every success within the next couple of weeks." Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth Cllr Jane Chitty said: “This is a great compliment to the service provided by Ray and his team and is testament to the hard work of everyone involved. I hope to see them go on to achieve even greater success in the competition. Good food and good meat are an essential part of a healthy diet and I’m delighted to see that they are supplying that service.” The UKTV Local Food Hero Awards are a tribute to Britain's independent food businesses. Now in its third year, the competition asks food lovers to nominate, vote for, and reward businesses that help put great food on our plates. The outlet crowned Local Food Hero 2008 will be awarded this prestigious title and receive £40,000 to invest in the business. In November, a TV series will celebrate the strongest contenders from each region, and at the end of each episode, a regional winner will be selected. All ten regional winners will then battle it out for the honour of being crowned UKTV’s Local Food Hero 2008. To vote for your local food hero, go online before 14 July to http://uktv.co.uk/food/homepage/foodhero For further details about the services offered by J.C. Rook and Sons visit: www.rooksonline.co.uk