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Manchester Food And Drink Festival Shortlist 2012

Who have the judges chosen this year?

Published on July 20th 2012.


Manchester Food And Drink Festival Shortlist 2012

MANCHESTER Food and Drink Festival has announced the shortlist of nominees for its 2012 Awards.

Awards nominations will be posted on the MFDF website (www.foodanddrinkfestival.com) where they’ll face the public vote.

The public vote will be combined with scores from the judging panel obtained via mystery shop visits made between the announcement date and the Gala Dinner.

The winners will be be revealed at the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards on Monday 8 October at the Lowry Hotel. The festival runs from 21 September-8 October 2012 and is in its fifteenth year.

The shortlist has been developed by the MFDF Judging panel, made up of some of the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts, taking into account ‘self nominations’ put forward by the industry.

This year’s list of nominees includes new categories and extensions of existing categories.

Restaurant of the Year has been extended to include 10 nominees, reflecting a wider scope for this category - all dining venues have been considered even if more casual in style.

The usual ‘Coffee Bar and Casual Dining’ category has been separated into 2 shortlists - ‘Best Coffee Bar or Tea Shop’ and ‘Best Casual Dining’ recognising the growth in these areas. 

‘Pub of the Year’ recognition has been extended to include a brand new category  - ‘Food Pub of the Year’.

‘Food Pioneer’ has also been newly created to showcase some of Greater Manchester’s most exciting food innovations and projects.

All this reflects what the Festival consider to be an exciting time for the region’s dining scene. 

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR. 

□     Aumbry in Prestwich 

□     Rose Garden in Didsbury

□     Cicchetti in City Centre 

□     Australasia in Spinningfields, City Centre. 

□     Zouk in City Centre.

□     Red Chilli in City Centre. 

□     Hideaway in Ramsbottom. 

□     Southern 11 in Spinningfields, City Centre. 

□     Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant in City Centre. 

□     Yuzu in China Town, City Centre. 

Last year’s winner: Ramsons 

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 

□     The Bakerie and Bakerie Tasting Store, Northern Quarter, City Centre,

□     Gorilla, City Centre.

□     Oast House, Spinningfields, City Centre

□     63 Degrees, City Centre.

□     Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote, City Centre.

□     The Wharf, Castlefield.

Last year’s winner: Cicchetti

CHEF OF THE YEAR

□     Louise Varley, Hideaway in Ramsbottom.

□     Mini Sankar, Sanmini's in Ramsbottom.

□     Simon Stanley, Damson in Heaton Moor.

□     John Thompson, Cicchetti in City Centre.

□     Eric Moreau, 63 Degrees in Northern Quarter, City Centre.

□     Andrew Nutter, Nutters in Rochdale.

Last year’s winner: Laurence Tottingham and Mary - Ellen McTague, Aumbry.

PUB OF THE YEAR

□     The Magnet, Stockport.

□     The Kings Arms, Salford.

□     Salutation, Manchester.

□     The Castle, Northern Quarter, City Centre.

□     The Angel, Ancoats.

□     Port St Beer House, Northern Quarter, City Centre.

Last year’s winner: The Parlour

FOOD PUB OF THE YEAR

New Award

Recognising  our  region’s  ‘gastro  pubs’ .

□     Sam’s Chop House, City Centre.

□     Shoulder of Mutton, Holcombe Village, Ramsbottom.

□     Red Lion, High Lane, Stockport.

□     Oddfellows, Mellor.

□     White Hart, Saddleworth.

□     Mark Addy, City Centre.

CASUAL DINING VENUE OF THE YEAR

New Award

□     Barburrito, City Centre Branches. 

□     Teacup, Northern Quarter, City Centre. 

□     Linda’s Pantry, City Centre. 

□     Dosa Express, Withington. 

□     Home Sweet Home, Northern Quarter, City Centre. 

□     Easy Fish Co, Heaton Moor. 

Last year’s winner for ‘Best Coffee Shop or Casual Dining’: The Chocolate Cafe.

BAR OF THE YEAR

□     Common, Northern Quarter, City Centre. 

□     Liars Club, City Centre. 

□     Corridor Bar, Salford. 

□     Epernay Champagne Bar, City Centre. 

□     Socio Rehab, Northern Quarter, City Centre. 

□     Australasia, Spinningfields, City Centre. 

Last year’s winner: Electrik.

BEST FOOD AND DRINK RETAIL OUTLET

□     Booths, MediaCity, Salford.

□     P.J.Howarth & Son, Urmston.

□     Easy Fish Co, Heaton Moor, Stockport.

□     Barbakan, Chorlton.

□     Unicorn, Chorlton.

□     Park Lane Bakery, Prestwich.

Last year’s winner: W H Frosts.

BEST COFFEE BAR OR TEA SHOP

New Award 

□     Coffee Fix, Gatley.

□     North Tea Power, Northern Quarter, City Centre.

□     Home Sweet Home, Northern Quarter, City Centre.

□     The Art of Tea, Didsbury.

□     Macaroon by Alison Seagrave, Rochdale.

□     Cornerhouse, City Centre.

Last year’s winner for ‘Best Coffee Shop or Casual Dining’: The Chocolate Cafe.

WINE RETAILER OF THE YEAR 2012 

New Award

Simply  recognising  the  best  places  to  buy  wine  in  the  region.  This category  replaces  ‘Best  Wine  List’  which   will now be incorporated into the judging and criteria of the Best Restaurant/Bar categories. Must have been open for 12 months at the time of the MFDF Gala Dinner.

□     Reserve, Didsbury.

□     Winos, Oldham.

□     hangingditch, City Centre.

□     Evuna, City Centre.

□     Gaucho, City Centre.

□     Turton Wines, Bolton.  

FOOD PIONEERS

New Award

This award has been specially created to recognise a Food Project, Pop Up, or Club in Manchester - the best food innovation, one-off event or dining club. This award recognises the ever-increasing, innovative and unique activity that enhances the food scene in Manchester making us a stand out, original food city.

*Almost Famous, Pop Up Burger Experience, Northern Quarter, City Centre.

*The Yacht Club, Manchester’s Pop Up French Riveria Summer Bar, Spinningfields.

*Cracking Good Food, Manchester Based Cooking Network, Chorlton.

*The Spice Club, Manchester’s First Secret Supper Club.

*Sow the City, Helping Manchester Grow Their Own Food. 

*English Rose Bakery, Bringing the French Macaroon to Manchester. 

The Truly Good Food Award

Recognising those food and drink ventures that are committed to sustainability. Only restaurants accredited with the Truly Good Food scheme are eligible for this award. For more information visitwww.truly-good-food.co.uk

The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement

There is no shortlist for this category. An individual or organisation who has made a significant contribution to the dining scene over the last 15 years will be presented with their award at the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards. 

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

Charlie ButterworthJuly 20th 2012.

Good list but that Truly Good Food Award. Makes me vomit. Can we have a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Award as well for Truly Scrumptious Food?

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AnonymousJuly 20th 2012.

You have to have the Truly Good Food award because its run by the same people that run MFDF. who you know not what you know and all that...

bigearsJuly 20th 2012.

@ The Lowry again?! last year was the worst food I've ever eaten! Would rather have it at Cafe Rouge than there! Oh, and good luck to Nutter, Chris @ The Shoulder and Bill @ Rose Garden.

Kris CullineyJuly 21st 2012.

Well done turton wines. I cant believe I,ve not gone in seeing as though It's five minutes down the road.Plus congratulations to ramsbottom a proper little haven of culinary expertise!

David RobinsonJuly 24th 2012.

CAN'T BELIEVE THERE IS NO NOMINATION FOR SUGAR JUNCTION ON TIB STREET

AnonymousAugust 15th 2012.

ate at 63 Degrees yesterday - lovely food and deserving of an award... but we were the only people in all lunchtime so hope some publicity gets the punters in!

Danny SymeAugust 29th 2012.

Alittle baffled that Jack Spratt hasnt been nominated in any category- that place is rammed at lunch time and apparently pretty tasty on the night time too.

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