Table is set for return of YEP Leeds Oliver Awards

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In just a few days time, the Yorkshire Evening Post will be launching it’s prestigious Oliver Awards and we want you to get involved.

The awards, now in their ninth year, celebrate all that’s good about the local dining scene.

It’s an opportunity each year for us to shine a light on all those people working behind the scenes. But it’s much more than that. Leeds has really earned itself a formidable reputation on the national dining scene.

Nicola Furbisher, Editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post and Managing Editor of the The Yorkshire Post

They are based on our weekly restaurant reviews, which appear in our WOW supplement, published Thursdays.

Restaurants can nominate themselves to the awards but we also want to hear from our readers.

Last year’s awards saw Michelin Star chef Michael O’Hare from The Man Behind The Curtain clinch first place in our Overall Winner and Best Chef categories.

But even before Mr O’Hare won the first Michelin Star Leeds has had in a decade, our awards identified him as someone to watch after he won our Best Newcomer category in 2015.

The awards are made up of 16 individual categories, covering everything from fine dining to top notch burger bars and from country pubs to streetfood.

Our weekly no-nonsense reviews score food, atmosphere, service and value for money.

Each year, we are surprised by the number of entries, which has only ever increased, just as the breadth and quality of the Leeds dining scene has increased, making it one of the most vibrant outside London.

Nicola Furbisher, Editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post and Managing Editor of the The Yorkshire Post, said: “This will be the ninth year of our prestigious Oliver Awards and it’s something we and the restaurateurs who enter them can be immensely proud of.

“The awards began from humble beginnings - to celebrate those who work hard in the local dining scene in and around Leeds. It’s an opportunity each year for us to shine a light on all those people working behind the scenes, who day in, day out, help create wonderful experiences for their customers.

“But it’s much more than that. Leeds has really earned itself a formidable reputation on the national dining scene.

“Our awards are about applauding restaurants at every level, whether they’re in the city centre or further afield.”

On Monday, we will launch our dedicated website and tell both restaurant owners and our readers more about the nomination process.

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