26th SEPTEMBER – 7TH OCTOBER 2013. 
 
 
FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING YEARS IN THE CITY’S HISTORY FOR FOOD AND DRINK, WHILST THE GALA DINNER AND AWARDS IS BACK AT MANCHESTER’S HISTORIC TOWN HALL! 
 
Manchester Food and Drink Festival has today announced the shortlist of nominees for its 2013 Awards, the most prestigious food and drink awards in the region. 
Chef of the year 2012 Andrew Nutter

Chef of the year 2012 Andrew Nutter

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards provide a benchmark for excellence in the hospitality industries throughout Greater Manchester. This year sees a bumper list of new dining stars, and exciting talent across the board, following a year of significant development for Manchester’s national foodie reputation. 
The following establishments have been selected for shortlist by the MFDF Judging Panel, made up of the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts.
Chef of the year 2012 Andrew Nutter and John Thompson

Chef of the year 2012 Andrew Nutter and John Thompson

Awards nominations will be posted on the MFDF website (www.foodanddrinkfestival.com) where they’ll face the public vote.
The public’s votes will be combined with scores from the judging panel obtained via mystery shop visits made between the announcement date and the Gala Dinner. 
MFDF Gala DinnerAwards 2012 The Lowry Hotel

MFDF Gala DinnerAwards 2012 The Lowry Hotel

 
The winners will be only be revealed at the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards on October 7th. The Awards dinner is a glittering finale to the Festival, and the venue for the hotly anticipated announcements. In 2013, the Festival is also pleased to announce that thanks to the support of Manchester City Council, the event makes a return to the iconic Great Hall at Manchester’s Town Hall. 
And the nominations are… 
 
Restaurant of the Year 
Aiming to recognise the best dining establishments in Manchester in 2013. This category refers to venues visited primarily for a full dining experience featuring table service, alcohol license etc.
 
The French at The Midland, City Centre. 
Cicchetti, City Centre. 
Damson, MediaCityUK, Salford. 
Michael Caines Restaurant, Abode Hotel, City Centre.  
Yuzu, City Centre. 
63 Degrees, City Centre. 
 
LAST YEAR’S WINNER: AUMBRY, PRESTWICH
DATE ELIGIBILITY: ESTABLISHMENTS OPEN BEFORE 1st APRIL 2013.
 
Newcomer of the Year. 
Recognising the best new dining and drinking establishments to open in Manchester. 
 
The French at The Midland, City Centre. 
Damson, MediaCityUK, Salford. 
Artisan, City Centre. 
The Alber

 t Square

Chop House, City Centre.

Solita, City Centre. 
Luck Lust Liquor & Burn, City Centre. 
 
LAST YEAR’S WINNER: BAKERIE AND BAKERIE TASTING STORE
DATE ELIGIBILITY: ESTABLISHMENTS OPEN BETWEEN 1st JULY 2012 UNTIL 1st JULY 2013.
 
Pub of the Year. 
Recognising the finest pubs in the region, focusing on quality and range of ales/beers and atmosphere. 
 
The Oasthouse, City Centre. 
The Baum, Rochdale 
The Magnet, Stockport. 
The Eagle Inn, Salford. 
Station Buffet Bar, Stalybridge. 
Marble Arch, City Centre. 
 
LAST YEAR’S WINNER: PORT STREET BEER HOUSE, MANCHESTER
DATE ELIGIBILITY: ESTABLISHMENTS OPEN BEFORE 1st APRIL 2013.
 
 
Food Pub of the Year. 
Recognising our region’s ‘gastro pubs’  – a chance for ‘pub restaurants’ to be recognised in their own category.  
The Alber

t Square

Chop House, City Centre. 

Mark Addy, Salford. 
The Red Lion, High Lane, Stockport. 
The Parlour, Chorlton. 
The Wharf, City Centre.  
Hearth of the Ram, Ramsbottom. 
 
LAST YEAR’S WINNER: SHOULDER OF MUTTON, HOLCOMBE VILLAGE.                   
DATE ELIGIBILITY: ESTABLISHMENTS OPEN BEFORE 1st APRIL 2013.
 
 
Bar of the Year Sponsored by DesignMyNight.com
Recognising the best drinking venues in the region that aren’t considered ‘pubs’. 
 
Gorilla, City Centre. 
Jackalope, Chorlton. 
Australasia, City Centre. 
Kosmonaut, City Centre. 
Liquorice, City Centre. 
Revolucion de Cuba, City Centre. 
 
LAST YEAR’S WINNER: LIARS CLUB, MANCHESTER
DATE ELIGIBILITY: ESTABLISHMENTS OPEN BEFORE 1st APRIL 2013.
 
Chef of the Year Sponsored by R . Noone & Son Ltd. 
Aiming to recognise the most talented and outstanding work of chefs cooking in Greater Manchester kitchens  –  his or her skill, menu, commitment and contribution to the dining scene. 
 
Adam Reid, The French, City Centre. 
Mary-Ellen McTague, Aumbry, Prestwich. 
Sam Everett, Harvey Nichols, City Centre. 
Mike Jennings, Grenache, Walkden, Worsley 
Robert Cox, Michael Caines Restaurant, ABode Hotel, City Centre. 
Eric Moreau, 63 Degrees, City Centre. 
 
LAST YEAR’S WINNER: ANDREW NUTTER, NUTTER’S                                                   
DATE ELIGIBILITY: MUST HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THE SAME RESTAURANT FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS BY THE TIME OF THE GALA DINNER AND AWARDS.
 
Cheap Eats of the Year. 
This award replaces our Casual Dining category. Recognizing the best venues that are visited for a high value, casual eating experience. 
 
Salvi’s, City Centre. 
Home Sweet Home, City Centre. 
Suan Juan, Chorlton. 
Trove, Levenshulme. 
Lilys, Ashton. 
Luck Lust Liquor & Burn, City Centre. 
 
LAST YEAR’S WINNER: TEACUP, MANCHESTER
DATE ELIGIBILITY: ESTABLISHMENTS OPEN BEFORE 1st APRIL 2013.
 
 
Coffee Bar or Tea Shop of the Year. 
Recognising the best coffee bars and teashops in the region. 
 
Takk, City Centre. 
Home Sweet Home, City Centre. 
Macaroon, Rochdale. 
Richmond Tea Rooms, City Centre. 
Caffeine and Co, City Centre. 
Coffee Fix, Gatley. Stockport
 
LAST YEAR’S WINNER: NORTH TEA POWER, MANCHESTER
DATE ELIGIBILITY: ESTABLISHMENTS OPEN BEFORE 1st APRIL 2013
 
FAMILY FRIENDLY VENUE OF THE YEAR 
As usual, the Festival is asking the families of Greater Manchester to nominate in this category. There is no shortlist judged by the panel – the region’s families simply need to nominate their own favourite family friendly food heroes via the Festival website. 
 
FOOD AND DRINK RETAILER OF THE YEAR
For the first time ever, the Festival is asking the Greater Manchester foodie public to tell us who they think is the very best food and drink retailer in the region. The panel would like to hear about the food and drink heroes in areas right across Greater Manchester. Votes can be cast via the Festival website. 
 
THE HOWARD AND RUTH AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT 
There is no shortlist for this category. The award aims to recognise an individual or organisation who has made a significant contribution to the dining scene over the last 16 years. 
 
LAST YEARS WINNERS: DAVID FOX & NICK JEFFRIES, TAMPOPO, MANCHESTER

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