Photo gallery: Winners of YEP Leeds dining ‘Oscars’ revealed

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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.

Oliver Awards 2016. PIC: Simon Hulme

Oliver Awards 2016. PIC: Simon Hulme

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.”

Michael O'Hare. PIC: Simon Hulme

Michael O'Hare. PIC: Simon Hulme

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.


Best Lunch

And the winner is: Crab & Lobster

PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

Best World

And the winner is: Pintura

Best Service

And the winner is: Crafthouse

PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

Best European

And the winner is: La Casita

Best Suburban

And the winner is: Gusto

Best Chef

And the winner is: Michael O’Hare for The Man Behind the Curtain

Best Rural

And the winner is: The Clarendon Hotel

Best Fine Dining

And the winner is: The Boxtree

Best Newcomer

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

Best Cafe/Bar

And the winner is: Bundobust

Best British

And the winner is: The Rythre Arms

Best Indian

And the winner is: Theravadu

Best Italian

And the winner is: Lucia

Best Street Food

And the winner is: Zaap

Overall Winner

Michael O’Hare from The Man Behind The Curtain…

Outstanding Contribution

Mr Tim Bilton