Meet the judges of the Yorkshire Night Publish’s Oliver Awards 2022 celebrating Leeds finest eating places, bars, pubs and cafes

Meet the judges of the Yorkshire Evening Posts Oliver Awards

Highlighting one of the best town’s foods and drinks scene has to supply, in what has been a turbulent yr for hospitality companies, the awards are the thirteenth hosted by the YEP.

Making the all necessary selections is an professional panel of judges who will decide the winners and shortlisted companies this yr.

Chef guide Stephanie Moon, wine author Christin Austin and award-winning blogger Stanley Dru will be part of YEP enterprise and life-style reporter Abbey Maclure in reviewing the entries, earlier than the winners are introduced throughout a ceremony at Queens Lodge on March 28.

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Clockwise from high left: Chef guide Stephanie Moon, award-winning blogger Stanley Dru, wine author Christin Austin and YEP enterprise and life-style reporter Abbey Maclure

Here is all the pieces you should learn about this yr’s judging panel:

Chef guide Stephanie Moon has travelled everywhere in the world working in high kitchens, together with her time as govt chef at Rudding Park Lodge.

Highlighting one of the best town’s foods and drinks scene has to supply, the award ceremony will happen on the Queens Lodge on March 28

She has labored at The Dorchester beneath world well-known chef Anton Mosimann, the place she cooked for the Royal State banquet attended by the Queen.

Stephanie has additionally labored in St Moritz, Munich, Sydney, Hayman Island and Chicago however is delighted to be dwelling again residence the place she loves spending time along with her household exploring Yorkshire in her transformed Sprinter camper van.

In addition to being a daily chef demonstrator at meals festivals and exhibits together with The Nice Yorkshire Present, Stephanie runs a consultancy enterprise, All Issues Meals, which is now in its twelfth yr.

She works with companies giant and small to assist realise their potential in all areas of meals and helps younger cooks coming into the trade.

Yorkshire Night Publish editor Laura Collins pictured on the Oliver Awards 2020

“I am delighted to be again on the judging panel,” Stephanie mentioned.

“It is so necessary to have a good time what is occurring in Leeds and its vibrant foods and drinks scene following a troublesome few years.

“We now have among the most interesting foods and drinks choices in Leeds so let’s have a good time them and their success. It is time to get together!”

Christine has written a weekly wine column in The Yorkshire Publish for greater than 20 years and writes for nationwide publications akin to The I newspaper, Good Housekeeping, Prima, Olive and different magazines.

Stuffed with up-to-date wine data, gathered from a lifetime of expertise and journey, Christine can open up the world of wine – from an appreciation of straightforward grape flavours to the complexities of local weather, soils and winemaking.

With books, TV and radio to her credit score, in addition to a number of awards for wine writing, Christine can be a global wine choose for wine competitions in London, Chile, China, Italy, Portugal and South Africa.

Normally, Christine is busy travelling presently of yr, however the pandemic has saved her at residence for almost two years. Regardless of her love of getting out to vineyards world wide, she is at all times delighted to be again in her native Yorkshire.

Christine mentioned: “It’s nice to see the Oliver Awards are again to have a good time all that’s finest in hospitality.

“I’m delighted to be concerned this yr and I will likely be conserving a eager eye on the drinks scene.

“Hospitality has had a very difficult time and congratulations to everybody who has battled via all of it.

“Now it’s time to step as much as the brand new problem of getting prospects again via the doorways and recreating the colourful, glorious foods and drinks scene that Leeds is known for.

“I’m significantly in search of institutions who’ve put thought and care into their menus and lists to make an consuming out expertise pleasurable and completely different.”

Award-winning blogger Stanley Dru has lived in Leeds for nearly 11 years.

Boasting virtually 60,000 followers on Instagram, Stanley is a content material creator and has labored with the likes of Sky, Penhaligons, ARLA, ASOS and H&M.

He’s additionally a author for H&N journal, protecting vogue, meals and journey.

“I eat out so much,” Stanley mentioned.

“Whether or not it is for an article I’m writing or simply out to take pleasure in an excellent meal. Leeds has an enormous number of wonderful bars, eating places and pubs which provide so many scrumptious selections.

“Since switching to a vegetarian food regimen greater than two years in the past it’s been wonderful to see the plethora of scrumptious choices Leeds has to supply.

“I’m so excited to be a part of the panel to supply my ideas and experiences alongside the best way.”

Abbey Maclure is a reporter for the Yorkshire Night Publish with a concentrate on enterprise and life-style.

She writes for the title’s Huge Leeds Weekend complement which celebrates Leeds’ meals, drink and hospitality scene.

From interviewing town’s most achieved cooks to making an attempt out new avenue meals start-ups and get together hotspots, she is enthusiastic about giving companies throughout the sector a platform to shout about their achievements.

Abbey is a part of the YEP’s Little Oliver and Barfly groups, which evaluation eating places, bars and pubs each week, and has developed an intricate data of the restaurant scene from town centre to the suburbs.

She mentioned: “I’m thrilled to be on the judging panel for the Oliver Awards, which has taken on a brand new significance this yr.

“I’ve had the honour of talking to many Leeds cooks and enterprise homeowners as a part of my position as a enterprise and life-style reporter and I have been blown away by their creativity and dedication throughout an extremely difficult time.

“From modern use of outside area to adapt to Covid restrictions, to creating vibrant new menus to get prospects again via the doorways, eating places, bars and pubs have gone above and past to rise above unimaginable stress – in addition to giving again to their group.

“I hope you’ll be part of us on March 28 for a superb celebration of Leeds’ foods and drinks sector.”

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