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Submit your nominations for the 2018 Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards

PUBLISHED: 12:29 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:33 23 April 2018

YL awards logo 2018

YL awards logo 2018


This is your chance to vote for and support Yorkshire’s finest places to eat, drink and stay.

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We are delighted to launch the Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2018, recognised as the Oscars of the local food and drink industry. We live in a wonderful region, spoiled for choice by a wide range of amazing restaurants, pubs and hotels which have quality produce right on their doorsteps and that means there is no shortage of worthy businesses to nominate for these prestigious awards. And we are excited to announce two new categories - Bar of the Year and Restaurant with Rooms of the Year.

This year, once more, we look forward to hearing from you and receiving your nominations, acknowledging the businesses that you feel deserve to be recognised for their outstanding quality and commitment.

These awards are designed to champion and showcase the talent and innovation from the region’s food and drink industry including local producers and suppliers, chefs, restaurants, pubs, hoteliers and people who care about the countryside and the future of our environment.

The companies nominated are among those voted for by you, our readers. We want to know if you’ve received a fantastic meal at your local pub or have been impressed by the produce and service at your local farm shop or local restaurant.

Your views and ideas will guide our judging panel. Nomination forms are available online at foodawards.yorkshirelife.co.uk The closing date for your votes is May 31st

This year there are 12 categories including two brand new ones, and you can nominate as many as you like in any of the categories listed here.

Our expert independent panel of judges will choose a short list and then the winners, based on their knowledge and visits where appropriate.

All the finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony on September 17th at Rudding Park, Harrogate where the winners will be revealed.

Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards judges Claire Sawkins, Gary Smulders, Mitch Mitchell, Claire Gallagher Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards judges Claire Sawkins, Gary Smulders, Mitch Mitchell, Claire Gallagher

Claire Sawkins

Claire is founder of the British Cookery School Awards. She specialises in consumer marketing, particularly focusing on food, leisure and lifestyle brands. She is also an accomplished writer and enjoyed her time as a columnist for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Gary Smulders

Gary is sales manager in the North East for wine merchants Hallgarten Druitt and is our turn-to wine expert. He has many years of experience travelling the world discovering and bringing back exciting new wines. He lives in Yorkshire and specialises in supplying and advising restaurants and wine stores. He is always on the lookout for the perfect wine list.

Mitch Mitchell

Mitch was voted our Food Hero 2016 and is the latest member of our judging panel. His career in the food industry spans more than 35 years as a celebrated chef, food adviser and innovative food producer who was one of the first if not the first to make five star standard stock and sauces available to everyone when he launched Truefoods, in Ripon almost 10 years ago.

Claire Gallagher

Claire Gallagher is head of Food & Drink Innovation at Bettys, and their in-house expert on chocolate. She trained as a chef in Yorkshire and has worked at the Carlton Highland Hotel, a Michelin-starred restaurant in France, Crathorn Hall near Yarm and she spent three years working as a pastry chef for Raymond Blanc at his two Michelin-starred restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons.

Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Award categories

Chef of the Year

Restaurant of the Year

Restaurant with Rooms of the Year

Family Dining of the Year

Pub of the Year

Best Bar of the Year

Newcomer of the Year

Coffee/Tea shop of Year

Customer Service Award

Producer/Product of the Year

Independent Retailer of the Year

Food and Drink Hero

Click here to vote online

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