SHORTLISTS for this year’s Harrogate Hospitality & Tourism Awards has been revealed.
Organisers have published four nominations for each of the nine categories in this year’s awards, with the winners to be announced at a gala dinner at the Royal Hall on June 11.
Category sponsors and organisers said they had deliberated long before making their decisions, because of the large number of nominations received this year.
The awards, now in their fourth year, are organised and hosted by Destination Harrogate, the association of the leading hotels in the town.
Organiser Simon Cotton, general manager of the Cedar Court Hotel and the vice chairman of Destination Harrogate, said: “The judges were once again impressed by the level and quality of entries this year and it took a lot of deliberating to decide who would make the shortlist.
“There were a lot of categories where it was really hard to have to leave out some really fantastic entries and I only hope that those who haven’t made it this year to the shortlist will try again next year.
“There is no doubt that the night will once again be a quick sell-out and build upon the huge success of the past three years.”
David Ritson, chairman of Destination Harrogate, added: “Four years into running these awards it is clear from the number of entries we received again this year that these awards have truly captured the imagination of those working in, or affected by hospitality and tourism, and clearly shows what a major industry it is for the town.
“This year we even had someone ringing up to ask when the voting was starting because they wanted to be so involved.
“Harrogate relies heavily on both business and leisure tourism and everyone involved in the chain of visitor service delivery play their part in continuing to deliver the excellent standards associated with Harrogate.”
Tickets for the ceremony are available through Katie Richmond on 01423 858585, priced at £49 per person or £490 for a table of 10. Demand for tickets is very high and they usually sell out within two weeks of the shortlist being announced, so book early to avoid disappointment.
The shortlists are:
Waiter/Waitress of the Year – sponsored by Sunlight Textile Services
Nicolay Araujo, Rudding Park Hotel
Carol Kent, Chequers Inn
Catherine McMann, Riverside Cafe,Knares
Dominika Praga, Bettys
Bar Person of the Year – sponsored by Harrogate Spa Water
Petra Michlova, Hales Bar
Rory Gilbert, HG1@The Yorkshire Hotel
Dan Howard, The Coach & Horses
Peter Dobrontei, Hotel Du Vin
Chef of the Year – sponsored by Sykes House Farm
Ian King, Kings Catering / Pavilions of Harrogate
Daniel Sadler, Old Swan Hotel
David Stewart-Pybus, Goldsborough Hall
Rob Hutchins, Rudding Park Hotel
Team of the Year – sponsored by Platinum Print
Brimham Rocks Team
Newcomer of the Year – sponsored by Harrogate College
Rik Anderson, Harlow Carr Gardens
Josh Birch, Alberts
Matthew Dalingwater, Le Pierre Bistro
Phil Smith, The Riverside Cafe, Knaresborough
Unsung Hero – sponsored by Destination Harrogate
Rebecca Coldwell, Harrogate Museums & Arts
Steve Coll, Crusade Exhibitions
Barbara Gowton, Harrogate International Centre
Nigel Parry, Royal Oak at Staveley
Best Achievement of the Year – sponsored by Blueline Taxis
Harrogate Crime Writing Festival
Harrogate in Bloom
Mercer Art Gallery
Outstanding Customer Service – sponsored by Leeds Bradford Int Airport
Paul Darbyshire, Ripon TIC
Amanda and the Bar Team, Hales Bar
Simon Hodgson, HG1@The Yorkshire Hotel
Patricia King, Kings Catering / Pavilions of Harrogate
Harrogate Ambassador – sponsored by Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce
The winner of this special award is to be announced on the night.