Food and Drink Awards 2017 finalists revealed

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Public nominations via our festival website opened in April and closed in early September with the top three in each category now going on to be judged under strict criteria.

“It’s been another amazing year of openings and change in the food scene in the city, and that has been reflected in the public’s nominations”, said festival director, Nick Mosley. “There’s a few names I expected to see but definitely a few surprises”.

New categories for this year include Chef of the Year, Cheap Eats, Best Venue Design and Best Afternoon Tea.

“I’m very much looking forward to joining the panel of judges for Chef of the Year and Young Chef of the Year”, says Sussex food veteran Jeremy Ashpool of Jeremy’s Restaurant in Borde Hill. “The city has some impressive chef talent and that’s reflected in the finalist line-up in both categories – it’s going to be tough to select a winner”.

David Blood of Posture People is sponsoring the Best Venue Design award: “As a design-led furniture consultancy, we are delighted to be judging this category. For us, the proof isn’t only in the pudding – pun intended – but the entire dining experience from the wallpaper to how comfortable the dining chairs are. We will be looking for innovative use of space, continuity and how the look and feel of the restaurant elevates the food itself”.

Midnight Communications have sponsored the awards for many years and this year are judging Best Afternoon Tea. “It is an honour and a delight to be part of these awards”, says Caraline Brown, “especially at a time when Brighton is enjoying such prominence on the British food scene. As an awards organiser myself I know just how much work goes into delivering a scheme which has credibility and commands respect. Congratulations to both the organisers and the finalists”.

“We believe our format is the most transparent way of running an awards scheme in the city”, said Nick Mosley, festival director. “The top three businesses or individuals in each category go through to interviews, menu tastings and cook-offs – all marked to pre-defined criteria – with our judging panel of media partners, sponsors and festival directors. We want to ensure that petitioning doesn’t affect the final result so we are confident that the best are awarded the gold”.

The invite-only grand final will be held at My Brighton hotel on Jubilee Street. Winners will be announced in the Argus on Tuesday 7 November.

Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards 2017 finalists in full

(Finalists listed in alphabetical order)

Chef of the Year sponsored by Ridgeview Wine Estate
Michael Bremner from 64 Degrees
Steven Edwards from Etch
Duncan Ray from The Little Fish

Best Restaurant sponsored by Claire Walsh IFA
64 Degrees
Isaac At
Terre à Terre

Best Pub sponsored by The Beer Collective
The Basketmakers
The Earth & Stars
Preston Park Tavern

Best Cocktail Bar sponsored by Blackdown Artisan Spirits
The Cocktail Shack
Merkaba
Plotting Parlour

Best Café sponsored by 204060 Radio Cabs
Egg and Spoon
Metrodeco
V & H Café

Best International Cuisine sponsored by Baobab Developments
AguaDulce
The Chilli Pickle
Curry Leaf Café

Best Burger judged by BBC Sussex
Burger Brothers
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Preston Park Tavern

Cheap Eats judged by JuiceFM
Befries
La Choza
Pompoko

Best Place to Sleep sponsored by Hensby Law
Artist Residence
Drakes
MyBrighton

Food Hero sponsored by Mayo Wynne Baxter
Amy Anslow, Ruth Anslow and Jack Simmonds from HiSBE
Isaac Bartlett-Copeland from Isaac At
Seb Cole from Boho Gelato

Newcomer sponsored by Style Accountants
Befries
Etch
Murmur

Best Takeaway sponsored by Brighton Catering Supplies
Befries
The Chilli Pickle
Curry Leaf Café

Best Family Dining sponsored by 3 Blonde Bears
Curry Leaf Café
Fatto a Mano
Woodbox Pizza

Best Venue Design sponsored by Posture People
Holy Phok
Red Roaster / Pike & Pine
The Set

Best Place to do Business sponsored by Cobb Digital
Hotel du Vin
The Salt Room
Small Batch Coffee Roasters

Best Afternoon Tea sponsored by Midnight Communications
The Grand
Metrodeco
The Salt Room

Best Sustainable Food Business judged by Tom Flint
HiSBE
Infinity Foods
Silo

Best Food Pub sponsored by Cardens Accountants
The Basketmakers
The Earth & Stars
Preston Park Tavern

Best Breakfast sponsored by Dental Health Spa
Billie’s Café
Egg & Spoon
V and H Café

Brighton & Hove Young Chef of the Year sponsored by BrightonandHoveJobs.com
George Boarer from Etch
George Ousley from Isaac At
Jackson Heron from 64 Degrees

Best Producer sponsored by Wobblegate fruit juices and Eden fruit cider
Brighton Bier
Brighton Gin
Boho Gelato

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