Hull Daily Mail Food & Drink Awards 2018

Celebrating our fabulous foodie scene

Hull Daily Mail Food & Drink Awards 2018

Hosted by Hull Daily Mail

The Food & Drink Awards in association with Turner Price will celebrate our fabulous foodie scene.

It will pay tribute to all the innovative and hardworking people who are behind it. The awards will see the people of Hull and East Riding have their say and pick those who are creating city’s finest culinary delights. We believe that the passion, determination, tireless energy and creativity that goes into running a top performing hospitality venue deserves recognition and our 11 award categories are designed to honour the very best around as well as highlighting the unsung heroes. The public will be encouraged to vote for their favourites. In each category, three businesses or individuals will be shortlisted by an independent panel of expert judges and visited by a mystery shopper. The winners will then be selected and announced at a glittering awards evening on 24 May.


Shortlist Announced: 9 Apr 2018
Awards Ceremony: 24 May 2018


Best Restaurant of the year

Spanning gastro pubs right through to Michelin-starred restaurants, this category is aimed at establishments which put fine food and drink centre stage – but also offer the very best service and ambience. Dining out’s not just about refuelling, it’s about enjoying an experience; we want to know who’s ticking all the boxes. The judges will be looking for original and creative menus, where high quality fresh ingredients are at the heart.

Pub/Bar of the year

This category spans every kind of watering hole – from country pubs, all real ales and roaring fires, to city centre bars, with their master mixologists and trendy interiors. But all the nominees should have one thing in common: they stand out from the crowd and fly-high above their competitors. Along with an interesting and intelligently-curated drinks offering, skilled staff and a buzzy vibe are essential. We want to raise a glass to those who are always the very best.

Best Food Pub of the year

We’re looking for a pub/bar that serves the most amazing food. Just because you are eating at a pub doesn’t mean the quality should be any less. Here we are also looking for the venue which provides a nice relaxed atmosphere which is perfect for a chilled dining experience while catching up with friends. The winner will also be judged on the value they provide.

Tearoom/Coffee Shop of the year

This category looks like it could be one of the most hotly contested due to the number of tearooms and coffee shops popping up across Hull and East Yorkshire. Whether is a chintzy-china tea room that serves superb scones and the loveliest loose leaf, or a cool café located in a garden centre that bakes its own bagels and brews the best coffee, if it’s top-notch we want to know about it.

Takeaway of the year

Takeaways don’t always get the best press but there are some awesome ones out there. We’re looking for an enterprise that proves the naysayers wrong – by offering fresh and delicious dishes, made with skill and quality ingredients, served with speed and a smile. We’re looking for quality on all fronts. Whether it sells stellar stone baked pizzas, burgers made from best Abderdeen Angus, fish fried in brilliant beer batter, curries cooked to cracking family recipes or dinky dim-sum steamed to perfection; if you’ve got the place on speed dial, we want to know why.

Recipe of the year

We’re looking for a signature dish, an addition to a menu which is head and shoulders above the rest. Of course, we are eager for something which tastes great but it needs to be so much more than that. We are looking to crown the city’s most distinctive and unique meal. The category is aimed at restaurants who have a special one-off dish. It may even come from a mum who makes the best Shepherd’s Pie or your favourite internet blogger.

Chef of the year

We’re looking for someone for whom cooking is more than a job, it’s their life; someone who always goes the extra mile in the kitchen, creating dishes which showcase their skill, imagination and ingredients to delicious effect.
Whether they’re making traditional roast dinners or pushing the culinary boundaries with fancy foams and gels, the nominees in this category should be delivering top quality menus with great variety.
Competitors may come from all areas of the hospitality business, including hotels, restaurants, pubs, contract catering, fine dining, private and public sectors. This will recognise the close link of fine food with using the best of local produce.

Young Chef of the year (under 25)

We are seeking talented young chefs under the age of 25 with a passion for great-tasting food. We’re looking for someone for whom cooking is more than a job, it’s their life; someone who always goes the extra mile in the kitchen, creating dishes which showcase their skill, imagination and ingredients to delicious effect with a passion to go as far as they can.

Street Food/Pop Up of the Year

If the frenetic pace of modern life has a silver lining, it’s surely the rise and rise of good food on the go: the busier we are, the greater the demand for on-the-doorstep street food and impromptu pop ups.
Hull and East Riding has become a real hub for this brand of foodie enterprise with events such as The Yum Festival and Hull Street Food Nights rising in popularity. The winner of this award will be someone who’s ploughing their own culinary furrow – and bringing something top quality and truly unique to the table; they don’t just eat and drink their product, they live and breathe it.

Outstanding Customer Service

The customer service given by a business is what makes a good restaurant excellent. Judges are looking for examples of how businesses have exceeded in the way they treat their customers. This award may go to a team of people or alternatively it may be awarded to an outstanding waiter or waitress who constantly goes above and beyond to deliver an efficient, friendly and welcoming service.

Outstanding Contribution to Food & Drink

This category celebrates the individual who has made the most impact on the food community.
Selected by the judging panel, this award will hand picked as an ambassador for Hull & East Riding’s food and drink offer.
This person will be one the one who is recognised is always putting the region’s food scene first and making the most of it.
Please note, this award is not open to the public vote.


Dee Bees Wholesale

Dee Bee Wholesale is part of The Ramsden Group, a long established and well respected family business that has never lost sight of its traditional values of loyalty and value for money.

Today, it is a multi-million pound organisation employing almost 200 people across the retail and cash and carry sectors.

We are continually re-investing in the latest technology and the best staff to make sure your shopping experience is stress free and efficient.

So many of the products are the same wherever you shop. The difference at Dee Bee Wholesale is often lower cost and better service.

It’s in our interests to see all our business customers grow and prosper so why wouldn’t we give them the best deal?

We’re entirely autonomous and not driven by pure financial targets. We genuinely believe in putting something back into the community that has made us the success we are today.

Hatfields Jaguar

Ernest Hatfield began selling motor vehicles in Sheffield in 1922, setting up one of the very first Jaguar dealerships in the world. Today, his legacy lives on, with other famous marques and locations added to the Hatfields portfolio creating a motor trade name that customers can trust.

Hatfields is an independent, family-run business, operating dealerships across the North of England and in Shrewsbury. As a group, Hatfields has established a successful dealer network over a number of decades, developing a loyal customer following along the way.

Representing a variety of vehicle manufacturers, the group caters for sales and aftersales requirements for Jaguar, Land Rover & Volvo at various sites.

One of the largest independent dealer groups in the UK for Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo, Hatfields employs over 300 people at its numerous locations. The company has acquired a reputation for excellence in all areas, winning awards and accolades from many car manufacturers and automotive media.

Customer satisfaction is at the heart of the group’s philosophy, and feedback from customers is always welcomed. Three family members fulfil senior roles within the company, and they ensure that Hatfields maintains a fair, open and personal approach to dealing with customers.

Hull College

Hull College Group is one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the country, offering over 1000 courses to over 26,000 students every year.

With programmes available from entry right through to master’s level qualifications, we offer the widest range of technical and professional qualifications in the region. As a Beacon college with a Quality kitemark for our outstanding HE provision, we have an excellent reputation for the quality of teaching and support we provide to all our students. We pride ourselves on our commitment to preparing our students for the world of work, which is why we place so much emphasis on developing employability skills alongside your main qualification. Our students are taught in state of the art facilities, including hair and beauty salons, restaurant, music, dance and recording studios, theatres and workshops, giving you the experience of real work settings and the skills to succeed.

The College’s main campus is located in the heart of the city’s historic old town, with satellite sites at Cannon Street, the Learning Zone at KCOM stadium and the Steve Prescott Centre housing dedicated facilities for motor vehicle, fabrication, sport, public services and travel and tourism. Alongside these we also have our new Composites Training Centre, opened last year in partnership with Siemens, which is a testament to our ongoing commitment to work with employers across the city and nationally to provide opportunities for our students. We have excellent relationships with over 1200 employers offering unrivalled access to work experience placements.

With a dedicated teaching team and a true focus on support for learning, you can be sure of being equipped with the tools you need to achieve your goals and forge a successful future. Your career starts here.

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Karro Foods

Karro Food Group is one of the United Kingdom’s leading meat processors with pork processing plants across the country.

Karro is a leading producer of bacon, gammon, fresh pork, frozen sausage, ham and cooked meats. We supply our high quality meat products to retail, foodservice and manufacturing customers across the UK.

Karro process circa 45,000 pigs each week for delivery to the UK’s major supermarkets and wholesale food suppliers markets, all with full supply chain visibility. Our pork is eaten by millions of consumers every year, and is stocked across the country by leading retailers.

Karro Food Group headquarters’ are located in Malton, North Yorkshire, and employ circa 3,000 people across our national food production locations.

Kitchens by Design

Your interior specialists with a first class project management team
Born in Hull in 2004, Kitchens By Design was founded to champion our clients by bringing passion and expertise into the heart of their homes.

Today, by building a real understanding of how people live, we now have a leading point of view on how our designs can serve to create luxury living, given any budget.

Kitchens By Design’s have the facility with our wide spectrum of brands, to create the perfect space whether it be by responding to functionality, connecting spaces or specific design features.

Kitchens By Design are committed to constantly introducing the most exciting ranges and product features across our brands and this shows in our West Hull Showroom, which we regularly update.

Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection, Gallery, Linear, Aquadi, Laufen, Siemens, Neff to name but a few of our brands, present a distinct style, offering you all the choice for your individual rooms.

Our clients have and always will be diverse and ambitious, we love to inspire and more importantly listen, thus creating a valuable working relationship.

Quorn Foods

At Quorn we have a simple message. To bring people delicious and exciting food that is good for them and good for the planet. The ethical, health and environmental benefits of Quorn foods puts corporate responsibility at the heart of everything we do.

Roses Kitchen

Roses of Beverley is a family-run business, originally set up in January 2000, successfully selling fitted kitchens to Hull, East Yorkshire and the surrounding areas.

Over the past 10 years we have grown and are now considered to be the leading provider of high-quality kitchens with excellent service both locally and nationally.

We provide the full service to customers, from design to installation, making the process of buying and fitting your dream kitchen totally stress-free. We pride ourselves on our personal approach to each customer in friendly and helpful surroundings.

Our factory showroom boasts 4,000 square feet of displays and incorporates an in house design, manufacturing and installation centre, showing why Roses of Beverley Ltd. is at the very forefront of producing specialised designs and service for your kitchen.


A kitchen is the heart of any home, where living begins.

Our German-engineered products last a lifetime and bring quality and style to your home.

Established in 1980, in-toto today is one of the UK's leading fitted kitchen specialists

We believe our kitchens are the finest in Europe and our unique range with its huge choice of styles, colours and finishes offers solutions for every home

We are committed to excellence in everything we do

Our kitchens are covered by a 2 Year Guarantee and our studios offer friendly, professional service, expert craftsmanship and the total care and dedication to ensure complete satisfaction

We hope you enjoy discovering your new kitchen - your local in-toto designer would love to help you put your new kitchen at the heart of your home and help you discover the possibilities for more enjoyable living

Turner Price

The first choice for food service and food wholesale in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the North-East.
Welcome to Turner Price – an established and trusted wholesale food service and catering supplier in the north of England.

Turner Price Food Service offers a unique personal service to all kinds of customers in the wholesale food, food service and catering industries. We want to make your journey of purchasing as simple as possible, and have been delivering ambient, chilled, frozen, fresh meat, fresh vegetables and non food items to over 1450 happy customers across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the North-East for 25 years.

Turner Price is also an important member of the Country Range buying group, and a founding member of CR Food Service.

Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School

Located between the market town of Driffield and historic Beverley, The Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School and Highfield Farm B&B is surrounded by private farmland and the beautiful Wolds countryside. The perfect place to relax, socialise and most of all improve your cookery skills. As well as a wide range of classes we offer bespoke cookery days where you can hire the school and, as an option, stay with us in one of our nine 4* Bed & Breakfast rooms. This experience is ideal for parties, families or business groups wanting the pleasure of cooking and eating together. Or how about letting us cater for you, choose from a range of menus to suit taste and budget and we will take care of all the details so you and your guests can sit back and relax.
Our team is small but dedicated. We’re proud of our cookery school and committed to providing you with a memorable stay.




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