After hours of deliberation, the judges of The Courier Menu Food and Drink Awards 2022 have decided who should be on the shortlist.
Now in its fifth year, the aim of the event is to celebrate the incredible talent from across the region and it was clear from this year’s entries that Courier Country has that in abundance.
There are a total of 13 categories within the awards framework, with Tayside and Fife’s food and drink industry well represented in all of them.
A total of five judges – Eniola Adeniyi, Julia Bryce, Martha Bryce, Jamie Scott and Brian Stormont – were on hand to review each entry in great detail, with an ever impeccable standard.
The awards ceremony will take place at the prestigious Old Course Hotel, St Andrews on October 6 and will not only celebrate the winners, but will also feature five delicious dishes prepared by five top chefs from the region.
These leaders include:
- Martin Hollis, Executive Chef, The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews
- Praveen Kumar, chef and owner of Indian restaurant Tabla in Perth
- Derek Johnstone, Head Chef at 18, the flagship restaurant at the newly refurbished Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews
- Ian Syme, Executive Chef of Fairmont St Andrews
- Dean Banks, Chef/Owner of Haar Restaurant in St Andrews
The judges had the difficult decision to create a shortlist.
Eniola Adeniyi of Caribbean-inspired restaurant Gidi Grill in Dundee.
She said, “I’m glad to have experienced the great thought and planning that goes into organizing and judging such important awards.”
Judge Martha Bryce of Sound Bite PR described the trial process as a “great privilege”.
She added: “At Sound Bite PR, we work with a wide variety of food, beverage and hospitality businesses and this year’s entries for the awards showed real diversity in this sector.
“The past few years have been incredibly turbulent, so it’s been encouraging to see so many exciting newcomers, alongside resilient businesses that continue to innovate and grow. We are truly lucky to have such a vibrant food scene on our doorstep!”
Jamie Scott, of The Newport Restaurant, Daily Grind and Newport Bakery, said: “Being part of such a prestigious jury is always a pleasure and to debate and debate so much about the finalists and winners shows the level of entries. for this year, especially encouraging to come back from the pandemic to see that hospitality is still in a strong position.
Menu editor Brian Stormont said: “The level of starters this year was amazing.
“It was an honor to be involved in the judging process.
“There are so many exciting things happening in the hospitality industry in Tayside and Fife – they deserve to be recognized at the awards show which will be an amazing evening.”
Below is the full list of finalists and this year’s Community Champion award winner will be chosen by readers. Be sure to scroll to the section at the end to vote.
Food and drink menu award finalists
bar of the year
- Dundee House
- Pillars Bar and Salty Dog Lounge
- The barrel
- The Tully by Ballintaggart
Brewer of the year
Chef of the year
- Andrew Moss – The North Harbor Restaurant
- Jordan Clark – The Grandtully Hotel Ballintaggart
- Tom Tsappis – Killiecrankie House
Entrepreneur of the Year
- Hayley Wilkes – The WeeCOOK kitchen
- Lynsey Harley – Modern Standard Cafe
- Praveen Kumar – Authentic Indian Cuisine
Craft Distiller of the Year
- highland moon
- Pilgrim’s Drinks
- The Perth Distillery Co
Visitor’s Destination of the Year for Food and Drink
- Clootie McToot Meatballs
- The Perth Distillery Co
- The marinated peacock
Independent Cafe of the Year
- Fisher and Donaldson
- Tickled trout coffee
- Little Bear Coffee
- Zest (St Andrews)
Newcomer of the year
- Angus Grill and Pantry
- Killiecrankie House
- boar’s head
- The Crusoe
Producer of the Year
- Clootie McToot Meatballs
- Preserves from Pittenweem
- The Dundee Gin Company
- The WeeCOOK kitchen
Restaurant of the year
- Eolas Restaurant at Murrayshall Country Estate
- The little restaurant
- The Grandtully Hotel in Ballintaggart
- The North Port Restaurant
Street Vendor of the Year
- Heather street food
- Rico’s pizza
- The shack
- Ox and Anchor
- Deer with framed drum
- The little green pantry
This year, our readers are invited to choose the winner of the community award. There are three finalists who were chosen by the judges for this category. They include: Dundee Bairns, Kitschnbake and The Little Green Larder.
Dundee Bairns was established in 2016 to provide free breakfasts and lunches to children living in Dundee’s most deprived areas, particularly during school holidays. Over the past 12 months, Dundee Bairns has continued to provide breakfasts and lunches to children who live in our most deprived communities. During the Covid shutdowns, they provided over 130,000 free meals and groceries to children and families. Over the six weeks of the 2022 summer school holidays, they will provide 37,800 meals or funding for meals to over 100 community projects across the city of Dundee.
In 2020, the challenge of providing meals and groceries during the pandemic was monumental and caused a high level of fatigue within the grassroots volunteer pool. In 2021 they have witnessed a decline in the number of community projects that have been able to operate, mainly due to Covid restrictions. However, they persevered and managed to deliver just over 30,000 meals.
Kitschnbake started in 2010 as a home baking business and became a cafe by accident. But what a happy accident it was. Mary-Jane opened the cafe on November 5, 2014 after refurbishing offices in Newport-on-Tay and it has been a mainstay in the village ever since. The success of the café is not just due to the location or the products, it is thanks to the dedicated staff and loyal customers. The cafe has provided tremendous support to charities and local organizations over the years, as well as being a home for many.
When Covid forced them into lockdown, Mary-Jane delivered over 600 school meals throughout the village, ensuring no one went without. Although she was at high risk and should be protected, she worked tirelessly to keep her staff safe. Its aim was to give some comfort to staff and local residents during the most difficult times. Mary-Jane was there to give everyone a chance for some normality, no matter what she was facing in her personal life.
The little green pantry:
The Little Green Larder is more than just a store, they are part of the community. This year they raised £1,000 and donated it to local charities and community groups including Royal Dick Vet, RSPB, LCC, local food banks, Barnardo’s and Feeling strong. They also donate a percentage of profits to local charities and community groups. This year this includes Feeling Strong, LCC, Samaritans, Rad Apples, Royal Dick Vet and Guide Dogs Scotland.
Over the past 12 months, community outreach has included donating £200 of eco-friendly products to local fundraisers, donating menstrual products to local anti-poverty groups, organizing events community activities and the organization of a charity book sale.
During the Covid 19 pandemic, they worked hard to ensure community members always had access to essential food and supplies. Although they may have closed and laid off staff, they wanted to stay open to serve the community and provide a safe place for customers to shop. At a staff training event, one of the staff wrote: “This job saved me part of my life as I was homeless and jobless before working here, it helped me helped to see better values in myself and others.”
Have your say below and vote for who you think should be crowned the winner.
Brand Ambassador: The winner was chosen by the judges
For more information on The Menu Food and Drink Awards or to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.dctevents.com/event/the-menu-food-and-drink-awards
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