John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby, the co-founders of Leon, won Raymond Blanc’s Sustainability Hero award at yesterday’s Sustainable Restaurant Association ‘Food Made Good’ awards.

The SRA said the award was a reflection of the “principled approach” both entrepreneurs have taken to food, from launching Leon with Allegra McEvedy in 2004 with the mission ‘”to make it easier for everyone to eat well and live well”; to sustainable sourcing practices; and to the independent review they did at the request of then Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove, which turned into The School Food plan.

The plan was the basis for the launch of Universal Free Infant School Meals in 2014 and Vincent and Dimbleby received an MBE in the 2015 awards list.

The award, previous recipients of which include Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, is presented to an individual or individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to helping create a better food industry.

In total, 17 winners received their awards from SRA president Raymond Blanc at a ceremony in London.

Jamie’s Italian won the Feed People Well category for its new children’s menu, which includes at least two portions of vegetables on every plate.

Pizza Hut won the Treat Staff Fairly award for businesses that do the most to value staff, while The Breakfast Club won the Support Global Farmers award for its avocado-sourcing policy.

Nando’s won the Open Right award for its Cambridge restaurant, which launched with a host of smart sustainability features.

Thali Café won the Reduce Reuse Recycle award for the most impactful way of keeping as much as possible out of landfill.

Blanc said: “Each and every one of the winners has demonstrated food’s huge potential as a force for good.”

Top 20 Food Made Good Businesses 2017 (in alphabetical order)

Winner: Bæst and Mirabelle, Copenhagen

Café St Honoré, Edinburgh

Cookery School at Little Portland Street, London

Daylesford, Cotswolds and London

Farmstand, London

Greenhouse Café, FoodOnCampus, The University of Manchester

Gourmet Goat, London

Kai, Galway

Les Orangeries, Lussac les Chateaux

Loam, Galway

Petersham Nurseries, London

Poco, Bristol

Relæ, Copenhagen

The Bay Fish & Chips, Stonehaven

The Canteen Group, three sites in Bristol

The Shed, London

The Wheatsheaf at Chilton Foliat

Thyme, Gloucs

Vacherin, London

Woods Hill Table, Concord, Massachusetts.