Baking is a key category in a new annual awards to recognise Britain’s best young foodies, which is being pitched as the food and drink world’s answer to the Turner Prize.

Young British Foodies (YBF) has been launched by former British Baker columnist and baker Lily Vanilli, along with Amy Thorne, managing director of communications agency Taste, and Chloe Scott-Moncrieff, food and drink editor of The Metro.

There are seven categories in all, including mixology, best experience beyond the plate, meat, cheffing, street food, coffee and baking. The baking category will be judged by baker and cake designer Lily Vanilli and Daniel Stevens of River Cottage.

“Rather than the usual ‘best restaurant’, ‘best bar’, ‘best café’ categories we’re all so familiar with, the YBFs is about breaking boundaries. It’s to embrace new culinary personalities; the future bright young food and drink stars,” said the organisers.

For more information on the awards and how to enter go to: Entries must be received by 14 February 2012 with the awards ceremony in March.