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MFDF 2014 Announce Awards Shortlist

Manchester House, Red's, Mr Cooper's and Almost Famous all in the running at festival awards

Written by . Published on July 29th 2014.


MFDF 2014 Announce Awards Shortlist
 

MANCHESTER Food and Drink Festival have announced this year's shortlist of contenders for the most coveted industry awards in the region.

Maintaining the BBC's Restaurant Wars theme, Aiden Byrne's Manchester House has been nominated for a whopping four out of twelve awards this year, while Simon Rogan's Mr Cooper's House and Garden has been nominated for three. 

The annual festival, established in 1998, will return to the Albert Square hub from Thursday 18 to Monday 29 September with a vast programme of events spread across the city, culminating with the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards in the Great Hall of Manchester Town Hall.

There'll be twelve categories this year, from Restaurant of the Year to Pub of the Year, including two new categories for 2014; Best Street Food and Best Food Project or Pop-Up, 'added in recognition of the growing market and considerable talent seen in these areas'.

Albert Square will host the MFDF 'hub'Albert Square will host the MFDF 'hub'

2013's big winner was Simon Rogan's The French at the Midland Hotel, which scooped both Restaurant of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.

Maintaining the BBC's Restaurant Wars theme this year, Aiden Byrne's Manchester House has been nominated for a whopping four out of twelve awards, while Simon Rogan's Mr Cooper's House and Garden has been nominated for three.

Public votes will be combined with scores from the judging panel, including Confidential Publisher, Mark Garner (aka Gordo), the Editor Jonathan Schofield, and Confidential contributors Neil Sowerby and Ruth Allan.

Winners will be announced at the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards on Monday 29 September at Manchester Town Hall.

Here's the full list of nominations (do you agree?):

MFDF Gala DinnerMFDF Gala Dinner

Restaurant of the Year 

Aiming to recognise the best dining establishments in Manchester in 2014. This category refers to venues visited primarily for a full dining experience featuring table service, alcohol license etc.

63 Degrees, 20 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN

Manchester House, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ

Mr Cooper’s House and Garden by Simon Rogan, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS

Aumbry, 2 Church Lane, Manchester, Prestwich M25 1AJ

Australasia, 1 Spinningfield Way, Manchester M3 3AP

Nutter’s, Edenfield Rd, Rochdale OL12 7TT

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: THE FRENCH AT THE MIDLAND.

Mr Cooper's House and GardenMr Cooper's House and Garden

Newcomer of the Year

Recognising the best new food and drink operations to open in Greater Manchester since the last awards decision period (July 2013).

Superstore NQ, G18 Smithfield Building, Tib St, M4 1NB 

Manchester House, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ

Red’s True BBQ, Albert Square, 22 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5WA

Volta, 167 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LN

Mr Cooper’s House and Garden by Simon Rogan, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS

Salvi’s Cucina, 19 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6LE

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: THE FRENCH AT THE MIDLAND.

Red'sRed's

Chef of the Year 

Aiming to recognise the most talented and outstanding work of chefs cooking in Greater Manchester kitchens - his or her skill, menu, commitment and contribution to the dining scene

Adam Reid, The French, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS

Mike Jennings, Grenache, 15 Bridgewater Road, Walkden, Worsley, M28 3JE

Aiden Byrne, Manchester House, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ

Eric Moreau, 63 Degrees, 20 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN

David Spanner, Australasia, 1 Spinningfield Way, Manchester M3 3AP

David Leong, Yuzu, 39 Faulkner St, Manchester M1 4EE

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: MARY-ELLEN MCTAGUE, AUMBRY.

Mike Jennings and a massive crabMike Jennings and a massive crab

Pub of the Year

Identifying the finest pubs in the region, focusing on quality and range of ales/beers and atmosphere

The Marble Arch Inn, 73 Rochdale Rd, Manchester M4 4HY

The Eagle Inn, 18 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

New Oxford, 11 Bexley Square, Salford M3 6DB

The Dockyard, Blue Tower, Media City UK, The Quays, Salford M50 2EQ

The Magnet, 51 Wellington Rd N, Stockport SK4 1HJ

The Rising Sun, 22 Queen Street, Manchester, 52 5HX

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: STALYBRIDGE BUFFET BAR.

The DockyardThe Dockyard

Food Pub of the Year 

Acknowledging our region’s ‘gastro pubs’ - a chance for ‘pub restaurants’ to be recognised in their own category. All public houses eligible as long as they consider themselves a food pub, but they are not eligible for shortlisting in both.

Eagle and Child, 3 Whalley Rd, Ramsbottom BL0 0DL

Albert’s Chop House, Memorial Hall, 14 Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5PF

The Wharf, 6 Slate Wharf, Manchester M15 4ST

The Red Lion High Lane, 112 Buxton Rd, High Lane, Stockport, SK6 8ED

The Parlour, 60 Beech Rd, Manchester M21 9EG

Dukes 92, 18 Castle St, Manchester M3 4LZ

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: HEARTH OF THE RAM.

Albert's Chop HouseAlbert's Chop House

Bar of the Year

 Recognising the best drinking venues in the region that aren’t considered ‘pubs’.

Manchester House, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ

Kosmonaut, 10 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF

Mr Cooper’s House and Garden by Simon Rogan, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS

Grand Pacific, The Avenue, 
Spinningfields
, Manchester, 
M3 3AP

Revolucion de Cuba, 11 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR

Neighbourhood, The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3BT

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: GORILLA

Manchester House barManchester House bar

Coffee Bar or Tea Shop of the Year

 Recognising the best coffee bars and teashops in the region.

Fig and Sparrow, 20 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JN

North Tea Power, 36 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LA

Sugar Junction, 60 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG

Proper Tea, 10 Cateaton St, Manchester M3 1SN

Takk, 6 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF

Richmond Tea Rooms, 15 Richmond St, Manchester M1 3HZ

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: HOME SWEET HOME.

TakkTakk

Cheap Eats of the Year

 Recognising the best venues that are visited for a high value, casual eating experience. Judges looking for venues that can offer a good meal for under a tenner!

Almost Famous, 2 Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN

Luck, Lust, Liquor and Burn, 100-102 High St, Manchester M4 1HP

Tampopo, 16 Albert Square, Manchester. M2 5PF

Pita Pit, 3 Piccadilly Pl, Manchester M1 3BG

Splendid Sausage Company, Unit C, 11 St James Square, John Dalton Street, M2 6WH

Viet Shack, Unit 8 Arndale Market, 49 High St, Manchester M4 3AH

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: TROVE

Almost FamousAlmost Famous

Best Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

This year the Best Food and Drink Retailer category will be searching the whole region for the best purveyors of food and drink ‘to go’ and be involving the general public in the process from the off - no shortlist will be announced by the judges.

The Festival is asking the people of Greater Manchester to provide this shortlist and winner, and help us uncover the best food and drink retailer in the region. Votes can be cast on the Festival website. This year the Festival will announce a winner as well as two runners-up at the Gala Dinner.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: BEERMOTH

Best Food and Drink Pop Up Event, Club or Project of the Year – new category for 2014

Designed to recognize the ever more pioneering food and drink one-off projects, events, activities and pop-ups happening in the region. The criteria for this category are fairly broad and the judges will consider special events, markets, pop-up bars or restaurants, and dining clubs.

Votes for this award can be cast on the Festival website, and the Festival will announce a winner as well as two runners-up at the Gala Dinner.

Friday Food Fights: Street Food and Pop-Ups are new award categoriesFriday Food Fights: street food and pop-ups form new award categories this year

Best Street Food of the Year – new category for 2014

 This year the Festival will recognise one of the Greater Manchester-based street food vendors that are gracing our kerbs with an ever increasing plethora of grub. To be eligible for this category businesses must own a street  food operation that has been trading for at least six months at the time of entry.

A judging event for this award will take place at the Festival Hub during MFDF 2014. Businesses don’t have to be trading at the Festival Hub to be eligible, but they will need to be able to bring a signature dish to the Square for the judges to taste. Greater Manchester’s Best Street Food Winner will be named at the tasting and presented with their award at the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards.

The deadline for this category will be open right up until the start of the Festival and has a separate application form. Businesses must email alexa@foodanddrinkfestival.com to register. More details to be announced.

The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement

Recognising a person or business who has contributed something outstanding to the food and drink industry in Greater Manchester over the last 16 years. There will be no shortlist for this category and businesses or individuals may not nominate themselves, but are welcome to nominate their peers.

For this category suggestions can be emailed to siobhan@foodanddrinkfestival.com

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: DISTEFANNO SAN CARLO, SAN CARLO.

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Here's the judging panel:

Mark Garner, Manchester Confidential
Jonathan Schofield, Manchester Confidential
Paul Ogden, Manchester Evening News
Dianne Bourne, Manchester Evening News
Neil Sowerby, Freelance Food Writer
Ruth Allan, Taste of Manchester
Thom Hetherington, Holden Media
Simon Binns, City Co.
Emma Sturgess, Freelance Food Writer
Andy Cronshaw, Manchester Evening News

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17 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJuly 29th 2014.

63 Degrees and that ridiculous sausage 'thing' that used to be the very good Jack Spratt should be no where near the list.

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AnonymousJuly 29th 2014.

Have to disagree on both. 63 Degrees is consistently very good and well worth the nomination. Having eaten at "that ridiculous sausage thing" a couple of times since it opened I'd again say it's well worth it's place. Great to see a couple of genuine newcomers (first time restaurants from first time local restauranteurs) in Splendid Sausage Co and Viet Shack make the nominations list.

Hero
David FoxJuly 29th 2014.

What a glorious selection. In my humble opinion the range of operators is as diverse as it has ever been. Good luck to all on the shortlist and those that are not don't worry, its cash in the till at the end of the night that really matters...

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AnonymousJuly 29th 2014.

Spot on David

AnonymousJuly 29th 2014.

Sorry if this a daft question, but can a winner from last year not make the shortlist in a subsequent year? I just notice no French and assumed this was the reason..?

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AnonymousJuly 29th 2014.

Pretty sure this is the case. None of last years winners are nominated in the same category

Hero
David FoxJuly 29th 2014.

What a glorious selection. In my humble opinion the range of operators is as diverse as it has ever been. Good luck to all on the shortlist and those that are not don't worry, its cash in the till at the end of the night that really matters...

Reader XxxJuly 29th 2014.

Great to see The Rising Sun nominated for Pub of the year, fully merited on the quality of Real Ale and service.

Graeme WrightJuly 29th 2014.

Pleased to see The Rising Sun on the short list for Pub of the Year. Went in there recently after a long stay away and was very pleasantly surprised. Best of luck in a very tricky category

Charles CohenJuly 30th 2014.

Dogs n Dough deserves to be considered. It's an excellent independent that always seems to striving to be even better. Well, apart from their onion rings, there's been a serious decline in the quality their deep fried alium circles recently, but the snap of their dogs more than makes up for this petty gripe.

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AnonymousJuly 31st 2014.

Their hot dogs are pretty average, and the beer selection wasn't much to shout home about last time I was in.

AnonymousJuly 31st 2014.

jesus, no... their pizzas are at the same standard of a takeaway that opens until 5am. Not good.

AnonymousJuly 31st 2014.

I went in the weekend it opened. It was a group of us and a few of the group were keen to try the hot dogs, I'm vegetarian and thought they'd have a few things I could chose from. The choice was a cheese and tomato pizza, and it wasn't very nice at all. It seemed like the hot dogs were great but little attention was paid to anything else. I've not been back since so not sure if things have improved?

AnonymousJuly 31st 2014.

Given that their primary product is hot dogs (notwithstanding how good or otherwise they might be), it's not really that much of a surprise that they might give 'little attention' to other types of food, is it?

Nick NameJuly 31st 2014.

Anon no 4. What does the Dough in Dogs n Dough refer to?

M5 NomadJuly 31st 2014.

I'm not sure how the nominees are selected but given the huge amount of venues we now have in Manchester this list seems very.. light, a bit, I dunno, lacking somehow. Not to say the niminees are not deserving but .. well, perhaps it's just me.

TimetoshineJuly 31st 2014.

Dianne Bourne is judging? What was the matter... was the hat stand busy?

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