The eighth annual Yorkshire Evening Post Oliver Awards went off with a bang.
The awards are based on our weekly restaurant reviews and were first started in 2007.
The ceremony saw Michael O’Hare, the man behind The Man Behind the Curtain, which last year scooped Leeds its first Michelin Star in more than 10 years, win Best Chef and be declared Overall Winner.
Meanwhile, Ilkley’s The Box Tree won our Fine Dining category for the second year running.
Our award for Outstanding Contribution went to Tim Bilton, the chef behind The Spiced Pear in Hepworth. Tim has contracted cancer for the second time but despite his illness, he and wife Adele, have managed not only to keep their restaurant running but maintain the highest of standards, earning plaudits from critics and their peers alike.
Nicola Furbisher, editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, who delivered the opening address, said: “It’s one of the highlights of our year and one of the things we’re most proud of in this city is the calibre of restaurants and those who work in them. They all work hard to make them - and the city as a whole - a success. This is a pat on the back for them and we’re proud to be able to shine a light on them.”
Other winners included Pintura, who won our Best World category and Gusto, which won Best Suburban. There were two new categories this year, Best Rural and Best Street Food, both of which were introduced by popular demand.
And the winner is: Crab & Lobster
And the winner is: Pintura
And the winner is: Crafthouse
And the winner is: La Casita
And the winner is: Gusto
And the winner is: Michael O’Hare for The Man Behind the Curtain
And the winner is: The Clarendon Hotel
Best Fine Dining
And the winner is: The Boxtree
And the winner is: Friends of Ham (Ilkley)
Best City Centre
And the winner is: Kendells Bistro
Best Hotel Restaurant
And the winner is: The Burlington at The Devonshire Arms Hotel
And the winner is: Bundobust
And the winner is: The Rythre Arms
And the winner is: Theravadu
And the winner is: Lucia
Best Street Food
And the winner is: Zaap
Michael O’Hare from The Man Behind The Curtain…
Mr Tim Bilton