Culinary awards shortlist unveiled

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Food and drink businesses across the High Peak have made the shortlist of the county’s leading culinary awards

Celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, star of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch Programme, will present winners of Derbyshire County Council’s Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards with their awards during a celebration dinner at Chesterfield Football Club’s Proact Stadium next month.

Cllr Joan Dixon, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said the shortlist was very competitive and featured entries of the highest quality.

“Derbyshire is fortunate to have some outstanding food and drink outlets – ranging from cafes and tea rooms to gastro pubs and restaurants – and our awards give them the recognition they deserve,” she added.

Finalists in nine of the eleven categories in the awards – sponsored by HSKS Greenhalgh Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors and Holdsworth – have now been announced.

They include Buxton’s Simply Thai Restaurant in the Best International Restaurant category, while the Royal Oak at Hurdlow is in the running for the Traditional Pub of the Year title.

Woodlands Tea Room in Charlesworth, 6 The Square Tearooms, Buxton, and Three Roofs Café, Castleton, are all shortlisted in the Tea Room/Coffee House of the Year category.

Naughty and Nice, Bakewell, and Village Green, Eyam, will compete for the Cafe of the Year title, while the Samuel Fox Country Inn, Bradwell, is up for the Best Newcomer prize.

Shortlisted entries in the Local Producer of the Year and Local Food Hero categories are yet to be announced.