Chesterfield's annual food and drink awards returns for its seventh year

The awards ceremony first came to Chesterfield in 2012.

Chesterfield's annual food and drink awards returned to the town for the seventh year in a row last night.

The event took place at the Winding Wheel theatre.

Dom Stevens is the Manager of Destination Chesterfield, who hosted the event.

He feels the strength of the sector has been influential in the recent boost to the town's visitor economy;

"It's a really, really exciting time here in Chesterfield. Food and drink's an important part of tourism.

"People visit places, they go out for food, but they want a distinctive experience, and we've got some really great businesses here in North Derbyshire, which supports that industry."

Chris Mapp, who owns the Tickled Trout in Barlow, was awarded the prestigious 'Food Hero' prize.

He spoke to Peak FM about his passion for the industry;

"I help youngsters and disadvantaged people get into hospitality.

"I've also helped by being a chef mentor in local schools and by doing demonstrations to local youngsters to help them get into cooking."

The full list of winners can be seen below;

Best out of Town- Southgate Brassiere at Van Dyk by Wildes, Clowne

International Restaurant - Cocina at Casa

Young Chef of the year- Jake Parkin

Apprentice of the year - Donna McMahon- Van Dyk by Wildes

Chesterfield's best newcomer- Sorbo Lounge

Chesterfield Food Producer - Derbyshire Distillery

Chesterfield Food hero - Chris Mapp, The Tickled Trout

Cafe/ tea room of the year- The lilypad cafe & restaurant

Family friendly award - Chesters

Gastro pub of the year - The rectory

Pub/ bar of the year - Pump & Grind

Apprentice employer of the year - Ringwood Hall Hotel and Spa

Best customer service - Bottle & Thyme

Conference venue of the year - Casa Hotel

Restaurant of the year - Lombardi's Italian Restaurant

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