The countdown to the Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2013

PUBLISHED: 00:15 05 August 2013

Annie Stirk

Annie Stirk


Annie Stirk our food and drink consultant introduces the Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2013 hosted by Rudding Park, Harrogate

The hospitality industry continues to face challenges, but the judges have been impressed by how business owners are using their creativity and inventiveness to keep customers coming through the door. Eating out has never been more popular - we have discovered some real gems in every category and right across the county, with some interesting dining destinations in the Dales.

Although North Yorkshire has traditionally been a honeypot for our shortlist and winners, the judges have been really excited by the immergence of several new pubs, restaurants and contenders for our Small But Special category across East Yorkshire and the Wolds - could it be something to do with the magic dust spread by Yorkshire Life Chef of the Year 2010, James McKenzie of The Pipe and Glass setting the bar so high?

The judges are hoping for plenty of sunshine so that they can continue to enjoy some fantastic foodie experiences, as they round up their final visits before compiling the eagerly awaited shortlist published in the September issue of Yorkshire Life.

We are extremely lucky this year to once again have a prestigious line up of judges. I am delighted to welcome back a few familiar faces, who represent fantastic experience across the food, drink and hospitality sector. Jill Turton is a food writer and restaurant critic, who along with Mandy Wragg, runs the respected Squidbeak, an online restaurant review guide. Jill and Mandy also write for several top notch food guides - there is hardly a stone unturned when it comes to places they have eaten or stayed.

Bon Viveur John Moorhouse, from Hallgarten Druitt is our wine guru and has generously supported our awards event as a sponsor for several years. Award-winning Hallgarten Druitt is one of the UK’s leading wine suppliers with over 70 years in the trade.

Robert Ramsden is our exciting ‘young gun’ chef, working across food development for Delifresh, and spends his days seeking out interesting new ingredients for the catering trade. He works closely with local growers and artisan food producers.

Stephanie Moon, is fast becoming a household name as a TV chef, having completed her third appearance on BBC’s Great British Menu and a brand new series Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, working alongside TV chefs Ed Baines, James Tanner and Galton Blackiston.

We are delighted to welcome Neil Nugent, executive chef of food development at Morrisons Supermarkets, to the judging team. Neil brings with him fantastic experience not only as a food development expert, but also as a restaurateur in his own right - he was a partner in the original trail-blazing Pool Court in Leeds, earning a Michelin star in its first year.

Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2013 Categories

Newcomer of the Year

Hotel of the Year

Small but Special Accommodation

Restaurant of the Year

Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year

Dining Pub of the Year

Pub of the Year

Chef of the Year

Food Destination of the Year

Local Producer of the Year

Education Award

Celebrate with us

We would like to invite readers to the awards lunch at Rudding Park, Harrogate on October 7th so that you have a chance to show your appreciation of some of the finest talent to be found not just in the region but the country.

Tickets for the lunch are now available to buy. Places are limited so please reserve your tickets immediately to avoid disappointment. Individual tickets are £60 each plus VAT and £550 plus VAT for a table of 10.

The price includes a welcome drink and a three-course lunch with wine.

Please call Jane Ramsay to book your tickets on 07973714946 or email We would love to see you there.

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