CHESTERFIELD: College backs town’s food and drink awards

NDET 20-9-12 MC 21'Chesterfield College Principal Trevor Clay by the new college entrance
NDET 20-9-12 MC 21'Chesterfield College Principal Trevor Clay by the new college entrance

Chesterfield College has been announced as the headline sponsor of what is believed to be the town’s first ever food and drink Awards.

The College is also joined by Mr Sparkles, Jumble Design, Franke and Derbyshire Nottinghamshire, Chamber of Commerce as category sponsors for the Chesterfield Food and Drinks event.

Officially launched by organisers Destination Chesterfield in July earlier this year, there are ten categories in the awards, which are designed to celebrate the wealth of eateries, pubs, bars and food producers that have established themselves in the town. As well as being headline sponsor, Chesterfield College will also host the awards ceremony at its Heartspace building on October 30.

Trevor Clay, Principal of Chesterfield College, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the Food and Drink awards, celebrating the amazing culinary achievements of the region. Our Catering and Hospitality department link closely with a large number of employers across the area and our students are continuing to gain opportunities in the industry, be it on either a work placement, part-time work, an Apprenticeship or full-time position. This being said, we’re proud to be hosting the awards ceremony in our Heartspace building in recognition of the superb Food and Drink businesses across Derbyshire.”

A panel of judges will ‘mystery shop’ establishments put forward by the general public and rate them against a set criteria. Entries open on August 19 for the event which is planned for October.

The ten categories include Restaurant of the Year, Cafe of the Year, Gastro Pub of the Year, Customer Service Award, Chesterfield producer of the Year, Pub of the Year, Best Newcomer, Best out of Town, Young Chef of the Year and Chef of the Year.

Dominic Stevens, Manager of Destination Chesterfield, said: “We wanted the Food and Drink awards to be a true reflection of everything culinary the town has to offer. The ten award categories cover everything from great customer service and emerging talent to, of course, fantastic tasting food and drink.

“Whether it’s a business lunch or night out with friends and family, supporting the awards is an excellent way for businesses to recognise the valuable role Chesterfield’s food and drink industry plays in our personal and professional life.”

If you are interested in sponsoring an award category or entering the 2013 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards, visit http://www.chesterfield.co.uk/foodanddrinkawards/ or contact Dominic Stevens on (01246) 207207 or email dom.stevens@chesterfield.co.uk for details.