Now in its twelfth year, the Observer Food Monthly Awards, known for its enormously heavy goodie bags, took place last night at the Freemasons’ Hall, with Jay Rayner and Claudia Winkleman hosting the proceedings.
The Palomar was voted Best Restaurant and Max’s Sandwich Shop in Crouch Hill took home the Best Cheap Eats award. The Camberwell Arms picked up Best Sunday Lunch and The Clink, located in Brixton and which offers prisoners the chance to gain practical skills whilst engaging with the wider public, won Best Ethical Restaurant.
Harry’s Shack in Portsewart, Northern Ireland was voted as Best Newcomer, whilst Veggies Galore in Ross-on-Wye won Best Producer.
Great British Bakeoff star Mary Berry won lifetime achievement award for her contribution to the culinary arts (spanning over fifty years). Elsewhere, Michelin starred Tom Kerridge won Best Food Personality and George O’Leary, the up and coming chef at two Michelin starred Hand and Flowers, was awarded young chef of the year. Chef Yotam Ottolenghi won best new cookbook for his ‘Plenty More’ and the best food blog was awarded to Deliciously Ella.
Full list of winners:
Best restaurant – The Palomar, London
Best cheap eats – Max’s Sandwich shop, London
Best Sunday lunch – The Camberwell Arms, London
Best new cookbook – Plenty More, Yotam Ottolenghi
Best ethical restaurant- The Clink Restaurant, HMP Brixton, London
Best food personality – Tom Kerridge
Best place to drink – Dandelyan, London
Best independent retailer – Beanies Wholefoods, Sheffield
Best food blog – Deliciously Ella
Best local market – Altrincham Market, Cheshire
Lifetime achievement - Mary Berry
Best producer- Veggies Galore, Ross-on-Wye
Best newcomer in food and drink - Harry’s Shack, Portstewart
Outstanding achievement - Lucio Polli de Carvalho and Jude Regan at Queensmill School, London
Young chef of the year- George O’Leary
Best reader’s recipe - Selma Jeevanjee
Best food photography - Sarah Freethy