Bac­chus staff hope gods smile down on them in food awards

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A PREST­BURY res­tau­rant has reached the fi­nal three of a county-wide food and drink com­pe­ti­tion.

Bac­chus res­tau­rant, in Prest­bury vil­lage, has beaten off stiff com­pe­ti­tion to make the short­list and will now com­pete in the Res­tau­rant of the Year cat­e­gory of the con­test, held by mag­a­zine Cheshire Life.

The two other busi­nesses short­listed are Yel­low Broom, in Holmes Chapel, and Chi­nese res­tau­rant Yu, in Alder­ley Edge.

But Bac­chus owner Jon Re­bec­chi is hop­ing his fam­ily run res­tau­rant’s mod­ern Bri­tish with a hint of Euro­pean cuisine will tickle the judge’s taste­buds.

He said: “The mag­a­zine just sent us a let­ter in the post out of the blue.

“We feel hon­oured to have been short­listed and we would be so pleased if we won, but it’s an hon­our just to be nom­i­nated as one of the fi­nal three.

“There could have been in the re­gion of 2,000 en­tries.”

The mod­est owner said he was un­sure ex­actly what it was that made the judges choose his res­tau­rant, but said: “I guess we are just good at what we do. We just get on with it re­ally.

“Not all of us are re­lated but we’re like one big fam­ily.”

Jon also re­vealed that the oc­ca­sional celebrity pops in to en­joy the res­tau­rant but re­mained tight-lipped about who.

It is the first time Bac­chus, which em­ploys 12 staff, has been nom­i­nated for the awards, which read­ers of the mag­a­zine vote for and the judges then de­cide on.

But it is not the first time owner Jon has won the Res­tau­rant Of The Year ti­tle, tak­ing home the ac­co­lade nine years ago for an­other of his restau­rants, The 39 Steps, in Styal.

Fans of Bac­chus also took to Twit­ter to wish the busi­ness good luck in this year’s awards.

Prest­bury Par­ish Coun­cil tweeted: “Ac­co­lades are fall­ing like rain on Bac­chus.

“Fan­tas­tic achieve­ment from one of Prest­bury’s finest. Con­grat­u­la­tions!”

The res­tau­rant also thanked their cus­tomers and sup­pli­ers which in­clude M and J Seafood, R Noone and Son, based in Manch­ester, Amato Prod­ucts and Prest­bury Farm Shop, run by former Corona­tion Street ac­tor Char­lie Law­son, who played Jim McDon­ald in the soap.

An awards cer­e­mony will be held at the Car­den Park Ho­tel and Spa near Ch­ester on July 11 with the re­sults pub­lished in the mag­a­zine in Septem­ber.

Other cat­e­gories in the com­pe­ti­tion in­clude pubs, bars, tea­rooms, ho­tel restau­rants and food and wine mer­chants in the county.

●● Prest­bury’s Bac­chus owner Jon Re­bec­chi, far left, with (from left) staff Dave Cooper, Stephen Bar­ratt, Alan Roach, Luis Capo Ga­le­ote, Ric Ash­worth and Mike Wil­liams

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