Sheffield’s top bartender is shaken and stirred

Adam Clark, winner of the bartender of the year
Adam Clark, winner of the bartender of the year
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Sheffield’s first bartender of the year was shaken and stirred after being declared the winner of a new competition.

Adam Clark, winner of the bartender of the year

Adam Clark, winner of the bartender of the year

Adam Clark, aged 26, won the inaugral bartender of the year category in the popular Eat Sheffield awards after judges considered the flair and flavouring talents of five finalists.

The awards - which also include sections voted for by around 10,000 members of the public - culminated in a packed ceremony on Monday.

Adam, formerly of The Red Deer and soon to start at new venture Urban Quarter, wowed the judges with his layered passionfruit fondant, chocolate and espresso martini - as well as expertly crafting the classic Harvey Wallbanger and a reception drink to brief.

He told The Star: “I just wasn’t expecting to win - I was ready to turn to Mat from Fancie and say congratulations when they announced it was me. The contest was really good. It was especially exciting being able to see what the others were doing in the industry.

“It was fantastic to see the methods people used, such as creating foams and smokes.”

Adam, of Kelham Island, has spent a year working in America and is a culinary arts alumni of Sheffield Hallam University.

The university’s business school is behind the awards, now in their seventh year, which aim to celebrate and champion Sheffield’s food scene.

Acclaimed chef Max Fischer, from Michelin-starred restaurant Fischer’s Baslow Hall, served a three-course dinner to guests at the ceremony, aided by students.

Other highlights included the young chef of the year prize, also judged by experts, which was won by Ailidh-Jane Carr from The Cross Scythes Hotel, Totley.

The 20-year-old said: “I never thought I’d win, no chance, especially when I saw what the other two finalists had done. I thought they’d made a mistake when they announced the winner! It means the world to me.”

Newcomer of the year was Smoke BBQ at St Paul’s Place - dubbed the new restaurant quarter - and the Share at Parson Cross Initiative won community food project.

Niki Baker, regional engagement officer from Sheffield Business School, said: “I’m really proud of all our food businesses. We have such a vibrant scene in the city.”

Winners’ list

* The retail award, multi-format – Beeches of Walkley

* The retail award, single format – Our Cow Molly, Dungworth

* Café, unlicensed – Old Glasshouse, Loxley

* Café, licensed – Tamper: Sellers Wheel in the city centre

* Traditional pub serving food – The Broadfield, Heeley

* Top Asian restaurant – Sakushi, city centre

* Top Mediterranean – Nonna’s, Ecclesall Road

* Top Modern British – Silversmiths, city centre

* Top ‘rest of the world’ restaurant – Street Food Chef, city centre

* Event of the year – PJ Taste for Friends of the Botanical Gardens’ 30th anniversary event and Showroom Cinemas for its vegetarian evenings

* Newcomer of the year – Smoke BBQ, city centre

* Community food project – Share at Parson Cross Initiative

* Young chef of the year – Ailidh-Jane Carr, Cross Scythes Hotel, Totley

* Bartender of the year – Adam Clark, formerly of The Red Deer now of new venture Urban Quarter