Fine dining master Anthony Flinn triumphed at the Oliver Awards 2013, which saw an elite group of local restaurants, gastropubs, cafes and bars come together to celebrate the region’s food and drink industry.
At the end of the glittering ceremony at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium, the chef took home a hat trick of titles including the Best Fine Dining award, the Best of British award and the Overall Winner award.
Flinn, who runs the acclaimed restaurant on Boar Lane in Leeds, has built up his gastronomic empire over the past nine years with his father, also called Anthony Flinn. They now own three dining spots in the city including Piazza by Anthony in the Corn Exchange and Anthony’s Patisserie in Victoria Quarter.
Other fine dining experts, some with a sprinkling of Michelin stardust, had their moments in the spotlight too.
Simon Gueller of The Box Tree in Ilkley, near Leeds, was named Best Chef and the Best Hotel Restaurant title went to The Burlington at The Devonshire Arms near Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire.
But it was also a night for the smaller ventures with bijou Leeds city centre venue, Dish, taking home the Best Newcomer award and the compact Yum Yum Deli, also in Leeds city centre, walking away with the Best Lunch title.
Other boutique dining and drinking spots triumphing included Laynes Espresso in Leeds city centre (Best Cafe/bar), Thai Sabai in Headingley, Leeds (Best World), Diva Italiana in Pudsey, Leeds (Best Italian) Cardamom Black in Harrogate (Best Indian) Kendells Bistro in Leeds city centre (Best European), Mirabelle in Harrogate (Best Service) and Dough Bistro in West Park, Leeds (Best Suburban).
Other familiar names coming out on top included Harvey Nichols (Best City Centre Restaurant) and local heroes Sous le Nez, who received the Outstanding Contribution award for being stalwarts of French cuisine in Leeds since the early 1990s.