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Spon­sor: Res­tau­rant of the Year

“Gerald Giles is proud to spon­sor this award be­cause it un­der­stands the im­por­tance of great qual­ity food and the prepa­ra­tion that goes into mak­ing it. In an era where fast food and pro­cessed foods are lead­ing to in­creased health is­sues, the finest restau­rants in Nor­folk are pro­vid­ing fresh, lo­cal prod­ucts, cooked to per­fec­tion, and are fly­ing the flag for de­li­cious, yet health­ier op­tions. With to­day’s emerg­ing cut­ting-edge kitchen tech­nol­ogy it’s never been more achiev­able to try and recre­ate some of these amaz­ing res­tau­rant dishes in your own home. Good luck to all the entrants for Nor­folk’s Best Res­tau­rant Award. There are some ex­cep­tional restau­rants in the mix again this year, which is tes­ta­ment to the grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion of Nor­folk as a thriv­ing hub for out­stand­ing cui­sine.”

Paul Giles manag­ing direc­tor Spon­sors: Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment

“No-one serves the na­tion’s food, drink and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor more com­pletely, more en­thu­si­as­ti­cally and with greater pas­sion than Nor­folk’s in­dus­try cham­pi­ons. The county’s army of grow­ers, har­vesters, man­u­fac­tur­ers, in­no­va­tors, ed­u­ca­tors, mar­keters, cooks, chefs and servers of food and drink makes a con­tri­bu­tion that is un­sur­passed any­where in the UK. It would be a trav­esty if the in­di­vid­u­als in the front line were sim­ply la­belled as “un­sung he­roes.”

The con­tri­bu­tion of peo­ple who blaze trails in Nor­folk’s cut­ting-edge food and drink in­dus­try must be given the fan­fare it de­serves. So a team of ex­pert judges is tasked to search out and hon­our an in­di­vid­ual who sets stan­dards to which oth­ers as­pire. Past win­ners of The Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award in­clude Delia Smith, TV host and cook­book writer; John Davies, Cromer crab fish­er­man, Nick Mills, manag­ing direc­tor of Brasted’s; Chris Coubrough, Fly­ing Kiwi celebrity chef; Steve Thorpe, for­mer head of the Ho­tel School at City Col­lege Nor­wich; Richard Hughes, now chef/ direc­tor at The As­sem­bly House, Nor­wich.”

Roger Holden, manag­ing part­ner

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