The 2022 Menu Food and Drink Awards return next month

The Menu Food and Drink Awards will return in early October to celebrate Tayside and Fife’s incredible talent.

After The Courier was forced to cancel the 2020 event following the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s glittering awards ceremony will be held at the prestigious Old Course Hotel in St Andrews on October 6.

Now in its fifth year, the aim of the event is to celebrate the work and efforts of the region, and it’s clear from this year’s entries that Courier Country has it in abundance.

Championing local food and drink hospitality, the highly anticipated awards will highlight Tayside businesses in 13 different categories.

The 2022 Menu Food and Drink Awards judges have selected the finalists.

The ceremony will not only celebrate the winners, but will also feature five delicious dishes from five top chefs from the region.

These chefs will include Martin Hollis, executive chef at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, Praveen Kumar, chef-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 and Dean Banks, Owner of Haar Restaurant in St Andrews.

Some of the chefs cooking up a storm will include Derek Johnstone, Martin Hollis and Praveen Kumar. Photo Credit: Steve Brown/DC Thomson

A total of five judges, Eniola Adeniyi, Julia Bryce, Martha Bryce, Jamie Scott and Brian Stormont, were on hand to review each award entry in minute detail with impeccable standards.

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 was encouraging to see so many exciting newcomers, alongside resilient businesses that continue to innovate and grow.

A photo of the Menu Food Awards ceremony in 2019. Guests at their table. Photo by Steve Brown/DCT Media.

“We are truly lucky to have such a vibrant restaurant scene on our doorstep!”
Menu editor Brian Stormont said: “The level of starters this year was incredible.

“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 and they deserve to be recognized at the awards show which will be an amazing evening.”

The finalists for the Menu Food and Drink Awards are:

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
  • 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 shack
  • The shack
  • Ox and Anchor

Sustainability Award

  • Deer with framed drum
  • The little green pantry
  • Zest

Dundee Bairns, Kitschnbake and The Little Green Larder are up for the Community Champion Award.

A single ticket can be purchased for £125 plus VAT, which will include complimentary canapes and a drink on arrival and a four-course collaboration dinner.

Tables of ten cost £1,125 plus VAT and can be purchased from the DC Thomson Events website.

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