The nominations are in and now the countdown is on to the 2017 Harrogate Hospitality and Tourism Awards!
Winners will be announced at a sold-out ceremony at Harrogate’s Royal Hall on Monday, June 5.
Organisers Simon Cotton and David Ritson of Destination Harrogate received 1,500 responses to the awards this year.
Here we profile the first set of nominees. Next week we will feature the shortlist in the remaining categories.
Waiter/Waitress of the Year – sponsored by Harrogate Spring Water
– Crackerjacks Barbeque Events
A very popular choice with many, Pennie will do ‘anything for anyone’ and is bubbly and friendly’. Her dedication is clear and she treats everyone like a VIP– a true ambassador of her profession.
Complemented by her many regular customers and work colleagues alike, Carla is described as ‘dedicated’, ’happy to help’ with an ‘amazing smile’ and so much ‘care and passion for her job’. An ‘asset to the team’ and an ‘absolute star’.
– Restaurant 92
David’s fans say he is ‘a lovely man with a smiley face’ who has unbelievable knowledge of food, provides excellent service and attention to detail and is professional and passionate about his work.
– Bettys Harlow Carr
Louise loves her job and customers according to those who nominated her. They also praise her with thank you cards and compliment her on her ‘cheerfulness and fantastic service, offering everyone that special Bettys experience.
Bar Person of the Year – sponsored by Matthew Clark
– West Park Hotel
Renowned for his commitment and focus towards his role and the industry as well as the imagination he uses to create cocktail recipes and ‘a knowledge and experience beyond his years’. Jack is an asset to West Park and a ‘GM of the future.
– 10 Devonshire Place
Natalie is described as a ‘great hostess with great knowledge of all products and impeccable service. She is very community focused and willing to go that extra mile for her customers.
– The Last Post
Always very welcoming and has a smile for everyone. Kita is also praised for taking massive pride in her job. Her fans say she does an amazing job and deserves to be Harrogate’s best bar person.
– Hotel Du Vin
‘Mr Sunshine’ as he is known to some, Leeroy’s ‘enthusiasm is infectious’ and both his colleagues and guests look forward to seeing him. A great bartender, with a hunger for mixology and an upcoming (professional) thirst for wines’, James and the HDV team invite you to come and meet him!
– Viper Rooms
According to his nominations Will is a fantastic bartender; who makes people feel like VIPs with great service and brilliant product knowledge with great pride in his work.
He deals really well with any tricky late night/early hours customers and Viper Rooms are proud to have him as part of their team.
Chef of the Year – sponsored by Sykes House Farm
Simon provides ‘constant innovation, fantastic menu choices and creativity’ to his cooking to create an exciting dining experience. His voters believe that for ‘consistently producing plate after plate of impeccable, locally sourced food, this hard working genius is a no brainer for this award!’
– Hoxton North
With an obvious talent for cooking Dom has been relatively quick in learning his trade with diners complimenting his dedication, creativity and natural flair with a ‘keen eye for the perfect combination of tastes and flavours.
– The Round Table Dining
With a wealth of experience he produces ‘mouth-wateringly good food’ to amaze his customers whether at their home, in a pop up or a demonstration.
Best summed up by one nominee - ‘Amazing quality, original ideas and exciting flavours - a real gem!’
– Banyan & Harrogate
Peter loves cooking so much he spreads his talent for cooking between two jobs! Always trying new ideas he works tirelessly with a passion to satisfy over 1,000 hungry diners a day and then goes and does it all again afterwards at Banyan! Bravo Chef!
– Restaurant 92
‘An unbelievably talented, dedicated young man with endless creativity, driven for perfection. His menus are extra special and unique in Harrogate, he’s truly a great chef.’
Team of the Year – sponsored by
Fans of Tilly Peppers compliment them as ‘a great family led team that make you feel like part of the family’, ‘warm, happy and welcoming’ and ‘so friendly and attentive whilst serving great food’. Praised for ‘never stressing no matter how busy they are, and they are a busy little place.
Team of the year - sponsored by Platinum print
‘Simply the best’ according to the many regular guests who voted for them. The team at Hoxton North are always ‘friendly, have time to talk no matter how busy they are with excellent coffee and great cakes!’
The Last Post
Admired by their supporters for being ‘always friendly, warm and welcoming to both new and their many regular guests, nice atmosphere – a proper Yorkshire pub with proper Yorkshire hospitality!’ – Ey up!
Harrogate College Catering Students
This team of young people present ‘excellent food and service in a great environment, giving the students practical experience of the industry and at the same time offering guests the chance to eat great reasonably priced food’
Deanos Graze & Grill
’10 out of 10’ for the team at Deanos according to their many followers. From kitchen porter to owners they all pull together as a team to produce ‘fantastic hospitality and food that never disappoints!’