Food Awards 2017 Winners

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Awards Presentation. Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival Awards 2017 at Merkaba photo ©Julia Claxton

The winners of The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards were announced on Monday 6 November and presented by Andrew Kay (Latest) and Allison Ferns (BBC Sussex), with new categories introduced this year: Best Afternoon Tea, Best Cheap Eats, Best Venue Design and Best Breakfast, recognising the breadth of the hospitality and food offering in Brighton & Hove. This year’s awards were hosted at My Brighton hotel on Jubilee Street, with drinks sponsored by Albourne Estate, Blackdown Artisan Spirits, The Beer Collective, Eden Cider, Ridgeview Wine Estate, South Downs Water and Wobblegate Juices.

The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards are the longest running awards in the city, celebrating the very best of hospitality, food and drink. Public nominations open via the festival website from April to August each year. The top three public nominations in each category are then sent on to the judging panel who score each finalist through a combination of visiting venues, secret shopping and interviews as applicable. Only businesses with a food hygiene rating of four or more can go through to the finals. The third step of the process is the food festival directors corroborating the judges results to ensure accuracy and impartiality based on the strict judging criteria.

The awards are made possible through the support of generous sponsors and patrons who support both the awards and the wider Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival organisation.

Best Afternoon Tea
Category sponsored by Midnight Communications
Gold: The Salt Room
Silver: The Grand
Bronze: Metrodeco

Best Breakfast
Category sponsored by Dental Health Spa
Gold: V and H Café
Silver: Egg & Spoon
Bronze: Billie’s Café

Best Burger
Gold: Burger Brothers
Silver: Preston Park Tavern
Bronze: Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Best Café
Category sponsored by 204060 Radio Cabs
Gold: V and H Café
Silver: Egg & Spoon
Bronze: Metrodeco

Best Cheap Eats
Gold: La Choza
Silver: Befries
Bronze: Pompoko

Best Cocktail Bar
Category sponsored by Blackdown Artisan Spirits
Gold: The Plotting Parlour
Silver: The Cocktail Shack
Bronze: Merkaba

Best Family Dining
Category sponsored by 3 Blonde Bears
Gold: Curry Leaf Café
Silver: Woodbox Pizza
Bronze: Fatto a Mano

Best Food Pub
Category sponsored by Cardens Accountants
Gold: The Earth and Stars
Silver: Preston Park Tavern
Bronze: The Basketmakers

Best International Cuisine
Category sponsored by Baobab Developments
Gold: Curry Leaf Café
Silver: Aguadulce
Bronze: The Chilli Pickle

Best Newcomer
Category sponsored by Style Accountants
Gold: Befries
Silver: Murmur
Bronze: Etch

Best Place to do Business
Category sponsored by Cobb Digital
Gold: The Salt Room
Silver: Hotel du Vin
Bronze: Small Batch Coffee Roasters

Best Place to Sleep
Category sponsored by Hensby Law
Gold: Artist Residence
Silver: Drakes of Brighton
Bronze: My Brighton

Best Producer in the City
Category sponsored by Wobblegate fruit juices and Eden fruit cider
Gold: Boho Gelato
Joint Silver: Brighton Bier
Joint Silver: Brighton Gin

Best Pub
Category sponsored by The Beer Collective
Gold: The Earth and Stars
Silver: Preston Park Tavern
Bronze: The Basketmakers

Best Restaurant
Category sponsored by Claire Walsh IFA
Gold: 64 Degrees
Silver: Isaac At
Bronze: Terre à Terre

Best Sustainable Food Business
Gold: hiSbe
Silver: Silo
Bronze: Infinity Foods

Best Takeaway
Category sponsored by Brighton Catering Supplies
Gold: The Chilli Pickle
Silver: Curry Leaf Café
Bronze: Befries

Best Venue Design
Category sponsored by Posture People
Gold: Red Roaster / Pike & Pine
Silver: Holy Phok
Bronze: The Set

Food Hero
Category sponsored by Mayo Wynne Baxter
Gold: Isaac Bartlett-Copeland, Isaac At
Silver: Seb Cole, Boho Gelato
Bronze: Amy Anslow & Ruth Anslow hiSbe

Chef of the Year
Category sponsored by Ridgeview Wine Estate
Winner: Michael Bremner, 64 Degrees
Highly Commended: Steven Edwards, Etch
Highly Commended: Duncan Ray, The Little Fish Market

Young Chef of the Year
Category sponsored by BrightonandHoveJobs.com
Winner: George Boarer, Etch
Highly Commended: Jackson Heron, 64 Degrees
Highly Commended: George Ousley, Isaac At

Special Recognition Award
Chosen by the food festival directors
Winner: Hotel du Vin

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