City successes eat up awards

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city restaurants, bars and cafes are celebrating today after thousands of Sheffield foodies got stuck in and voted for them in the prestigious Eat Sheffield Awards.

This year’s favourite eateries were announced at a gala dinner on Monday night at Sheffield Hallam University.

Leading lights of Sheffield’s food industry heard that the city’s reputation as a good food destination is growing ever stronger in a year when, despite the recession, some 30 new restaurants, pubs and cafes have opened.

Organised by Sheffield Hallam University’s Business School, the fifth annual celebration of the hard work and high standards that go into putting quality food on Sheffielders’ plates attracted over 11,000 public votes.

Customers voted the Broadfield on Abbeydale Road top traditional pub. The award for best informal restaurant was shared by the Wig and Pen and Silversmith’s and the best formal dining award went to the Beauchief Hotel.

For the first time, awards were made for best takeaway venue (Street Food Chefs), best street trader (fudge and caramel-makers Zander’s Sweet Delights) and best local food retailer (Our Cow Molly Farm Shop and Ice Cream Parlour).

A panel of industry experts, assembled to decide on a number of special awards, voted the Vault at Dronfield best new venue, the huge accolade of Chef’s Chef of the Year to Marcus Lane of one of Sheffield’s longest established restaurants, Rafters, and split the new title of Young Chef of The Year between three up and coming names, Jack Windsor of the Cross Scythes, Adam Harper of the Beauchief and Tom Lawson of the Devonshire Arms.

To a standing ovation, Dave Wickett, the city’s brewing legend who died this year, was named the city’s Food Hero 2012.

Eat Sheffield champion Nikki Baker gave top marks to students at Sheffield Hallam Business School who served up the awards dinner and said: “These awards are all about bringing Sheffield’s food producers together to celebrate their incredibly high standards and the admiration the public have for their favourites.”

For a full Eat Sheffield Awards report, see the Sheffield Telegraph tomorrow.