Ella’s Kitchen founder and CEO Paul Lindley has been named entrepreneur of the year at this year’s Orange National Business Awards.

The organic baby and kid’s food entrepreneur beat nine other finalists to claim the accolade at an awards ceremony last night.

Lindley said he was “humbled” to receive the award and thanked his team for sharing his passion for the business. “Winning this award is a reflection of Ella’s Kitchen as a business and the entire team working together to realise the vision I set out alone to deliver six years ago,” he said.

The journey to grow Ella’s Kitchen into the “first global brand of premium food for pre-school children” continued, he added.

Lindley will be guest-editing The Grocer published on 3 December.