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Celebrity Chef Chesterfield-bound for town’s Food and Drink Awards

The celebrity chef Lesley Waters will be arriving in Chesterfield on Wednesday 31 October to host the town’s sixth annual Food and Drink Awards organised by Destination Chesterfield in association with Chesterfield College.

Well known for her regular television appearances on Ready Steady Cook and This Morning, Lesley will announce the winners of 15 categories including Chesterfield’s Food Hero at the sell-out event.

Lesley said: “I am delighted to host the 2018 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards. There is a real passion amongst food and drink businesses in the area for using locally sourced produce. As well as supporting local business, it’s about using fresh ingredients and creating great food. I firmly believe the best food is made with passion and there is plenty of that in Chesterfield.”

Once again, the awards ceremony, which is being held at Chesterfield College’s Heart Space Building, will be used as a learning experience for Chesterfield College’s catering and hospitality students, who both cook and serve a two-course meal on the night to more than 250 people.

Lesley commented: “Having worked in education myself as a former Head Tutor of Leith's School of Food & Wine and now owning my own cookery school, it is very exciting to see Chesterfield College and its budding chefs of the future so actively involved with the town’s foremost food and drink event.”

35 businesses and individuals are shortlisted in the 2018 awards, with 12 businesses taking part for the first time and 13 hoping to retain their titles from 2017. This year, the awards also see the introduction of two new categories recognising the vital role apprentices and their employers play in the Chesterfield’s food and drink sector.

The finalists in each category are:

Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Chesterfield Borough Council

Blu Bistro & Coffee House
Bottle & Thyme
Cocina at Casa Hotel

Cafe/Tea Room of the Year – sponsored by Kier
The Lilypad Café and Restaurant
Stephenson's Tea and Coffee House

Gastro Pub of the Year – sponsored by Derbyshire Building Control Partnership
The Fox & Goose Inn
The Market Pub
The Rectory

Pub/Bar of the Year – sponsored by Banner Jones Solicitors
Chesterfield Arms
Junction Bar
Rose & Crown, Brampton

Chesterfield’s Best Newcomer – sponsored by BHP Chartered Accountants
Ciuri Ciuri
The Crafty Dog
Pump & Grind

Best Customer Service – sponsored by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
Bottle & Thyme
Junction Bar
Stephenson's Tea and Coffee House

Best Out of Town – sponsored by Shorts Chartered Accountants
The Devonshire, Upper Langwith
Kathmandu Ghurka, Clay Cross
The Three Horse Shoes, Clay Cross
The Tickled Trout, Barlow

International Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by MSE Hiller
Dehli 41

Family Friendly Award – sponsored by Jumble Creative Design
Mason’s Coffee Lounge
The Soulville Steakhouse

Conference and Banqueting Venue of the Year – presented by the Mayor of Chesterfield 
Casa Hotel
Proact Stadium
Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa

Food Producer of the Year – sponsored by Winster Foods
All Things Brownie Beautiful
Cup and Saucer Tea
Original Recipes

Young Chef of the Year – sponsored by Owen Taylor & Sons
Ashley Pienaar
Callum Taylor
Kye Homiak

Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by Apprentice Town (Led by Chesterfield Borough Council)
Ben Forster - Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa
Corey Elliott - The Lilypad Café & Restaurant
Courtney Slater - Katey's Coffee Shop

Apprentice Employer of the Year - Sponsored by Learning Unlimited (The Chesterfield College Group)
The Rectory
Stephenson’s Tea & Coffee House
Van Dyk

Other supporters of the awards include Derbyshire Times, Elder Way (Jomast Developments), FEAST (The Food and Drink Forum) Hoods Florist, Learning Unlimited (The Chesterfield College Group, Peak FM, and Reflections.

For more information about the Chesterfield Food and Drink awards, please visit

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