Final call for Derbyshire Food and Drink entries

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Culinary businesses are being urged not to miss the chance to enter the prestigious Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards 2012.

The Derbyshire County Council-run awards celebrate the county’s best catering businesses serving locally sourced food on their menus.

Closing date for entries into the awards – sponsored by HSKS Greenhalgh – is 26th October.

A presentation evening willtake place for winners at Chatsworth House on 14th January, 2013.

There are 12 categories:

* Restaurant of the Year

* Gastro-Pub of the Year

* Traditional Pub of the Year

* Best International Restaurant

* Tea Room/Coffee House of the Year

* Café of the Year

* Best Derbyshire Breakfast

* Best Family Friendly Venue

* Local Producer of the Year

* Best Healthy Eating Venue

* Best Newcomer

* Local Food Hero 2012

Coun Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “I’d urge businesses to nominate themselves for the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards which go from strength-to-strength.

“We have an amazing array of eateries in Derbyshire which make the best of some fine local produce.

“I would encourage owners of restaurants, pubs and coffee houses to make sure they get their entries in before the closing date.”

Venues are judged on a number of criteria including the quality of food and drink, customer service, and use of county produce with acknowledgement of it on menus.

Gary Brockway, director and hospitality specialist at awards sponsors HSKS Greenhalgh, said: “The 2010 and 2011 awards were such a huge success that we are only too pleased to continue our sponsorship in 2012.

“We know from working with our clients in the industry how difficult things are at the moment and we welcome the opportunity for the achievements of those Derbyshire businesses who have continued to offer high quality food and drink to be publicly recognised.”

Nomination forms are available from Steph Walsh at Derbyshire County Council on 01629 538464 or email stephanie.walsh@derbyshire.gov.uk