The winners, the food and how many glasses of fizz!?
The 2017 MK Food & Leisure Awards happened the other week and I realised although I put a few bits on my social media, if you’re interested in the winners, what happened and what we ate and drank at the glitzy awards night, then here it is!
First off, I couldn’t resist a bit of me pampering to get ready for what’s the only event comparable to The Oscars for me in MK. So off I went to local salon Rush at intu for a drastically shorter hairdo (compared to my usual straggly locks) and even a wave put in for the night!
A new do deserves a whole new outfit, right?
Excuse my full length photo taken in the Half Pint’s room. He has the best mirrors!
Dress // Navy London // Concession Brand @ Topshop Oxford Circus
Jacket // Topshop @ Topshop intu Milton Keynes
Shoes // New Look @ New Look intu Milton Keynes
Sass // Born with it
The venue for the awards was the Holiday Inn Milton Keynes Central in CMK.
A glitzy awards night has to start with fizz and LOTS OF IT.
And of course, canapés (thanks Pidy)!
The cutest place sitting complete with new teddy friend!
The food for the awards evening was all prepared and cooked by two previous MK Food & Leisure Awards Chef of the Year winners (2015 & 2016) Jeff & Spencer. How they managed to serve up over 200 covers of the standard of food in a kitchen that was not their own, with time restraints and even dietary requirements is astonishing. Well done, gentleman!
FOOD – TO START
Locally Cured Wharf Distillery Salmon Textures of Beetroot, Horseradish & Goats Cheese Gougère, Walnut Brittle, Apple Vinaigrette & Baby Leaves
THE AWARDS PART 1
Hotel of the Year (Under 50 Rooms) – Villiers Hotel Buckingham
Hotel of the Year (Over 50 Rooms) – Mercure Abbey Hill
Best Destination or Attraction – Simply Race
Best Cafe or Coffee House – Nonna’s Woburn Sands
Pub of the Year – The Cross Keys Woolstone
Bar of the Year – MK11 Live Music Venue & Sports Bar Kiln Farm
FOOD – MAIN
Woburn Country Foods Rump of Lamb Crispy Lamb Bon Bons, Creamy Cauliflower & Shallot Purée, Salsa Verdi, Asparagus, Baby Courgette & Jus
LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM BAILEY MCCONNELL
THE AWARDS PART 2
Best Local Product (Food) – Honey with Almonds Beekeeper Honey
Best Local Product (Drink) – Foxdenton Rhubarb Gin
Best use of Local Produce – The Bell & Bear Emberton
Family Restaurant of the Year – Caldecotte Arms
Asian Restaurant of the Year – The Don
Branded Restaurant of the Year – Wagamama
Best Newcomer – The Anchor Aspley Guise
Restaurant of the Year – Nonna’s Woburn Sands
FOOD – DESSERT
#MK50 Black Forest Gateau Chocolate Brownie, Cherry Speckled Meringue, Cherry Honeycomb, Chantilly Cream & Boozy Cherries, Brandy Glaze, Ice Cream
THE AWARDS PART 3
Waiter of the Year – Daniel Eduardo (Nonna’s)
Waitress of the Year – Caitlin Day (Smoke Shack)
Street Food of the Year – Saf’s Kitchen
Chef of the Year (3rd Place) – Dan Capp (The Swan Salford)
Chef of the Year (2nd Place) – Liam Barnes (The Anchor)
Chef of the Year (1st Place) – Jonathan Adriaenssens (Bell & Bear)
Lifetime Achievement Award – Jean Rush (Villiers Hotel)
After approx enough sparkling Prosecco to power Steven Dryden-Hall for another year, it was time for home.