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Max Fischer at work in the Sheffield Hallam University kitchens, Eat Sheffield Awards   Picture by Rowan Williams www.rophotographs.com
Max Fischer at work in the Sheffield Hallam University kitchens, Eat Sheffield Awards Picture by Rowan Williams www.rophotographs.com
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The best of Sheffield’s restaurants turned out to celebrate on Monday night – with award winners ranging from farms and delis to a Parson Cross food project.

Eat Sheffield Awards - Young Chef of the Year - Rachel Raynes, Ailidh-Jane Carr, Ashley Gayle   Picture by Rowan Williams www.rophotographs.com

Eat Sheffield Awards - Young Chef of the Year - Rachel Raynes, Ailidh-Jane Carr, Ashley Gayle Picture by Rowan Williams www.rophotographs.com

The occasion was the Eat Sheffield Awards: an annual celebration of the area’s food sector.

And guests were treated to a special gala dinner this year, created by Michelin-starred chef Max Fischer and a team of students from host Sheffield Hallam University.

The menu included Peakland white terrine, slow-braised hogget and Black Forest gateau, all made with local produce.

Chef lecturer Norman Dinsdale said: “It’s fantastic for the students to have worked with a chef of such stature – and Max was overwhelmed by their skill level and dedication.”

Eat Sheffield Awards - event - Showroom Cafe Bar   Picture by Rowan Williams www.rophotographs.com

Eat Sheffield Awards - event - Showroom Cafe Bar Picture by Rowan Williams www.rophotographs.com

Eat Sheffield was set up in 2007 to champion city restaurants but has since evolved to encompass the wider food industry and the awards reflect that fact.

New for 2014 was a Bartender of the Year competition – supported, along with Young Chef of the Year, by the Sheffield Telegraph.

After a hotly-fought contest, the inaugural title went to Adam Clark of new venture Urban Quarter.

Young Chef of the Year was Ailidh-Jane Carr of the Cross Scythes Hotel at Totley.

Also new were special recognition awards for Community Food Project and Food Event.

The neighbourhood project award went to Share, part of the Parson Cross Initiative, which runs a food bank and a community garden at Mount Tabor.

Joint winners of the food event were the Showroom Café Bar, for its regular vegetarian evenings; and PJ Taste for Friends of the Botanical Gardens’ 30th anniversary lunch, which took inspiration from plants growing in the garden.

Newcomer of the year Smoke BBQ, in St Paul’s Place, won praise for bringing new life to a previously forgotten area of the city centre. Around 10,000 people voted for their favourites in the awards. Winners in the public voted categories included long-standing favourites Nonnas.

Co-founder Gian Bohan said: “We were surprised to get the award for top Mediterranean, 19 years on! But it’s great to see lots of new young bucks too and a resurgence of the next generation.”

Top Modern British award went to Silversmiths, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year.

“It’s amazing to get this birthday present from our customers, especially when you look at the competition,” said director Justin Rowntree.

Niki Baker, head of Eat Sheffield, said: “I would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners for playing a significant role in creating the vibrant food scene we have in Sheffield.”

Eat Sheffield award winners:

Retail, multi-format – Beeches of Walkley

Retail, single format – Our Cow Molly, Dungworth

Café, unlicensed – Old Glasshouse, Loxley

Café, licensed – Tamper: Sellers Wheel

Traditional pub serving food – The Broadfield, Heeley

Top Asian restaurant – Sakushi, Campo Lane

Top Mediterranean – Nonna’s, Ecclesall Road

Top Modern British – Silversmiths, Arundel Street

Top ‘rest of the world’ – Street Food Chef, city centre

Event of the year – PJ Taste and Showroom Café Bar

Newcomer – Smoke BBQ, St Paul’s Place

Community food project – Share at Parson Cross

Young chef of the year – Ailidh-Jane Carr, Cross Scythes Hotel

Bartender of the year – Adam Clark, Urban Quarter