It would seem that we are into award season territory, with the Bafta nominations being streamed live on the internet and the Oscar nominations a week after that - but, of course, there’s also another award ceremony making a big announcement this month - the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Oliver Awards.
Now into their eighth year, the annual restaurant awards have become a calendar event for the local dining industry.
This year, we had more entries than ever before with over 370 individual category nominations. It all bodes well for the annual awards ceremony in March but before all that, we have to announce the shortlist.
That will be done in a special supplement pubslished in the YEP on January 28. The awards will take place on March 21.
The Oliver Awards are based upon the weekly restaurant reviews which appear on Thursdays in the WOW supplement.
The awards range across all kinds of restaurants, from cafe/bars you might skip into for a spot of lunch to high end fine dining restaurants with a dress code and everything else in between.
This year we have two new categories, firstly to reflect the changing dining scene and secondly in response to demands from restaurants outside the Leeds postcode, who have for some years wanted to become a part of what is one of biggest nights of the year for the Yorkshire restaurant industry. The new categories are Street Food and Best Rural.
The awards are sponsored by Purple Voucher Company, Slingsby Gin, Hospitality Action, Deliveroo, Berkley Scott and Yorkshire Food and Drink.