DERBYSHIRE: Companies urged to enter food and drink awards

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Restaurant bosses are being invited to give their food and drink businesses a boost by entering them for prestigious awards which celebrate the county’s finest.

Applications are now open for Derbyshire County Council’s annual Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards.

The awards have been running for over a decade – celebrating the county’s best catering businesses serving locally sourced food on their menus.

Chef Simon Rimmer, star of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch programme, will present winners with awards in 12 categories during a celebration dinner at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium on January 23.

Categories in the awards– which are jointly sponsored by HSKS Greenhalgh Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors and Holdsworth – are:

Restaurant of the Year

• Gastro Pub of the Year

• Traditional Pub of the Year

• Best International Restaurant

• Tea Room/Coffee House of the Year

• Cafe of the Year

• Best Derbyshire Breakfast

• Best Family Friendly Venue

• Local Producer of the Year

• Best Healthy Eating Venue

• Best Newcomer

• Local Food Hero

Councillor Joan Dixon, the county council’s cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “The quality and range of food and drink businesses across Derbyshire is fantastic and they play a key role in the county’s economy.

“Our annual awards recognise the excellence of people working in the industry.

“They’ve developed a strong reputation and are an excellent way for restaurants, bistros, pubs and cafes to put themselves on the map.”

Entries are judged on a number of criteria including the quality of food and drink served, customer service, use of county produce and acknowledgement of it on menus. To download an application form for the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards, log on to www.derbyshirefoodanddrink.co.uk or contact Stephanie Walsh by emailing stephanie.walsh@derbyshire.gov.uk or phoning 01629 538464.