Revealed - the best of town hospitality

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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

Blueline Taxis

Brimham Rocks Team

Harrogate TIC

Majestic Hotel

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

Stray FM

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.