Four local business people have been shortlisted for the Local Food Hero category of the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards which takes place on Thursday.
The annual awards ceremony run by Derbyshire County Council will celebrate the county’s best catering businesses serving locally sourced food on their menus.
Winners will be crowned during a ceremony hosted by celebrity chef Valentine Warner with 42 local businesses shortlisted across 10 categories.
And among those to be announced during a ceremony at Chesterfield Football Club’s Proact Stadium will be the Derbyshire Local Food Hero 2014.
The four-strong shortlist is:
• Steve Croot – Croots Farm Shop, Duffield
• Damian Dugdale – Red Lion Bistro, Stonedge
• Kieron Atkinson – English Wine Project, Renishaw Hall
• Stephen Thompson – Moss Valley Fine Meats, Norton.
Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “Derbyshire is lucky to have some outstanding food and drink outlets and our awards give them the recognition they deserve.
“All those shortlisted for the Local Food Hero would be deserving winners and passionate about promoting Derbyshire produce.”
Entries are judged on a number of criteria including quality of food and drink served, customer service, use of county produce and acknowledgement of it on menus.
They are assessed by an independent panel of food specialists and each short-listed venue has a mystery shopper visit before final decisions are made.
Shortlisted entries in four categories – Restaurant of the Year, Gastro Pub of the Year, Best International Restaurant, and Best Newcomer – have been visited by experts from the Taste Derbyshire scheme in association with Quality in Tourism which is backed by VisitEngland and will be awarded bronze, silver or gold status.
Winners will be announced on Twitter live from the awards ceremony – follow @DbshireAwards.
Restaurant of the Year
The George Hotel, Hathersage
The Lighthouse Restaurant, Boylestone
Darleys Restaurant, Darley Abbey
Morley Hayes, Morley
Best International Restaurant
Café Nonno’s, Belper
Simply Thai Restaurant, Buxton
The Balti, Matlock Bath
Calabria Cucina, Chesterfield
Gastro Pub of the Year
Red Lion Bar and Bistro, Stonedge
The Devonshire Arms, Beeley
Harpur’s of Melbourne, Melbourne
Devonshire Arms, Middle Handley
Traditional Pub of the Year
The Dragon, Willington
Royal Oak, Hurdlow
Packhorse Inn, Little Longstone
The Elm Tree, Elmton
Tea Room/Coffee House of the Year
Woodlands Tea Room, Charlesworth
The Old Smithy, Beeley
6 The Square Tearooms, Buxton
Three Roofs Café, Castleton
Blu Bistro and Coffee House, Chesterfield
Café of the Year
Naughty and Nice, Bakewell
Koo Coffee and Deli, Chesterfield
Fresh Ground, Belper
Village Green, Eyam
St John Street Gallery and Café, Ashbourne
Best Derbyshire Breakfast
Fresh Basil, Belper
Marsh Green Farm Shop, Kelstedge
Croots Farm Shop, Duffield
Calke Abbey (National Trust)
Best Family Friendly Venue
The Greyhound Inn, Belper
The Knockerdown Inn and Restaurant, Carsington
Foresters Bar and Restaurant, Darley Moor
The Cross Keys, Belper
Samuel Fox Country Inn, Bradwell
Nourish at No44, Belper
Cool River Café Ltd, Matlock