Today sees the launch of the eighth annual Yorkshire Evening Post Oliver Awards, which celebrates the cream of the Leeds dining scene, rewarding restaurants, cafe-bars and gastro pubs for their flair, imagination, service and of course their food.
The awards ceremony has become a permanent fixture of the culinary calendar in Leeds and West Yorkshire and is a byword for quality, dedication and passion. Last year saw a resurgence in the Leeds dining scene and record number of entries - that trend shows no signs of slowing.
To reflect that, this year we have created two new categories to enter - Best Rural and Best Street Food - so if you own or manage a restaurant or if you’re a member of the public and want to nominate your favourite place to eat out, simply fill in the nomination form on our website below and we will take it from there.
Jeremy Clifford, editorial director of Yorkshire Post Newspapers, said: “This year’s Oliver Awards look set to be bigger and better than ever. Last year we had a record number of entries and the Leeds dining scene shows no signs of slowing down so we expect this trend to continue. The awards showcase the very best of local restaurants and cafe-bars, which we review week in, week out. As the local paper for Leeds and the wider Yorkshire region we have an intimate knowledge of the local dining scene, which means these awards really do come from the heart and they mean a lot to those who receive them.”
This year, as Leeds clinched its first Michelin star, thanks to Michael O’Hare’s Man Behind the Curtain, the bar has been raised even higher.
Simon Gueller, head chef at The Box Tree, Ilkley, current holder of our Outstanding Contribution award, which this year retained its Michelin star, said: “It’s great to win national awards but local will always be your bread and butter.
“It’s all too easy to lose touch with the people who matter the most, that’s why these awards mean so much to us.”