Chester Shows it's Simply Food Fantastic at Gala Dinner Awards
12th April 2010
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The very best of Chester’s bars, restaurants, pubs and food outlets attended a glittering awards ceremony on Wednesday evening at Chester Racecourse for a celebration of the best of the best at Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival 9th annual Gala Dinner Awards.

With tension in the air, over 300 guests were treated to a delicious four course meal courtesy of Chester Racecourse’s Restaurant 1539, using the finest local and regional produce from around Chester and Cheshire.

The Gala Dinner Awards have always been a fantastic way to celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who work within the food and drink industry within the city, and being recognised by the people who eat and drink in their establishments really is the very best thank you they would wish for.

Festival Organiser, Stephen Wundke, said: “We would like to thank everyone who has voted for this year’s Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Gala Dinner Awards. Each and everyone who is here this evening has worked extremely hard to ensure that they are offering customers the very best experience they can and to be recognised for this by not only the customers but also by those in the industry, means a great deal to them.”

The awards ceremony drew to a close with the recognition of the Outstanding Achievement Award, which was awarded to the Managing Director of the Chester Grosvenor and Spa, Jonathan Slater by Chairman of Visit Chester and Cheshire, Chris Brown.

On winning the award, Jonathan Slater, managing director of The Chester Grosvenor and Spa, said: “I’m really thrilled with this award especially because it has come about as a result of nominations from my peers. This is really an award for the fantastic team that I’ve been privileged to work with at The Chester Grosvenor and Spa for the last 26 years and I would like to thank the organisers of the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival for this accolade.”

This year’s winners include:

Best Use of Local Produce on a Menu
1st              The Coach House
2nd              1539 Restaurant & Bar
3rd              Joseph Benjamin

Sausage of the Festival
CS Austin Butchers

Cheese of the Festival 
Caroline Fairburn

Local Produce Shop of the Year          
1st              Hawarden Farm Shop
2nd              Davenport Farm Shop
3rd              The Cheese Shop

Best Asian Dining Experience
1st              Café Naj
2nd              Chester Tandoori
3rd              Siam Thai

Best Newcomer
1st              The Commercial Hotel
2nd             Tropeiro
3rd              Marco Pierre Wight at Doubletree

Excellence in Customer Care
1st              Siam Teppanyaki – The Teppanyaki Experience
2nd             Famous Blue Moon Café
3rd              Edens of Handbridge

Family Friendly Award 
1st              The Ship Inn
2nd              Red Lion at Dodleston
3rd              The Ring O’Bells

Best Café
1st              The Barista’s
2nd             Zurgers
3rd              The Three Kings Tearooms

Best Sandwich Bar
1st              Cheshire Sandwich Company
2nd             Philpotts
3rd              Watergate Deli

Best Bar
1st              Duttons Wine Bar
2nd              BarLounge
3rd              OddFellows

Best Deli
1st              Deli-Vert
2nd              DeliKate
3rd              Olio & Farina

Best Pub
1st              The Brewery Tap
2nd             The Ring O’Bells
3rd              The Bear & Billet

Small Restaurant
1st              Upstairs at the Grill
2nd             Joseph Benjamin
3rd              OddFellows

Large Restaurant
1st              1539 Restaurant & Bar
2nd             Siam Teppenyaki
3rd              The Blackhouse Grill

Outstanding Achievement
Jonathan Slater, Managing Director of The Grosvenor Hotel and Spa

Mr Wundke concluded: “Over the last year, we have seen many changes within the food and drink industry and it’s been a tough 12 months for everyone. The success of the restaurants we have in Chester and the new restaurants that have opened in the last few months is a testament to the commitment and dedication of the teams who work within them. With the continued support of visitors to the city and residents who frequent them, we anticipate the next 12 months being a challenging and exciting time for all.”

Below: Jonathan Slater receiving Outstainding Acheivement Award from Chris Brown MD VCC

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