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All that’s great about the thriving Yorkshire food and drink industry was celebrated at the Pavilions of Harrogate on Wednesday night as the much anticipated 2017 Deliciouslyorkshire Taste Awards got underway.
The black tie event, which saw 22 trophies handed out, including the coveted Yorkshire Food Hero, and Supreme Overall Champion award, was hosted by BBC Radio 2’s resident foodie Nigel Barden and local chef extraordinaire, Steph Moon who were also both part of this year’s judging panel.
SIAFS were pleased to sponsor the Yorkshire Food Hero award, voted for by food and drink businesses throughout the County who each year nominate one person who they think has made an outstanding impact on the industry.
This year’s winner, Chef Consultant, Stephanie Moon was born and raised in Yorkshire and trained at Craven College before winning a work experience placement at The Dorchester in London.
Throughout her illustrious career, farmer’s daughter Stephanie has worked at some of the world’s finest restaurants in Switzerland, Germany, Australia and North America and even cooked for a Royal State banquet attended by the Queen.
In 2000 Stephanie was offered the position of Head Chef at The Clocktower Restaurant at Rudding Park, Harrogate, before being appointed Executive Head Chef, a position she held for eight years until 2009, leading some 28 chefs across four kitchens.
Since starting her Consultancy business, All Things Food, Stephanie has worked with businesses of all sizes and also taken up a position with Leeds City College as a chef tutor, helping her students to Roux Scholarship finals, Michelin-Starred first jobs, competition success and employment in some of the UK’s best restaurants.
A regular on the demo scene throughout the country Stephanie can often be seen doing cookery demonstrations at food festivals and events including The Great Yorkshire Show, as well as appearing on radio and television programmes such as BBC2’s Great British Menu.
No stranger to winning awards, having received accolades for Yorkshire Life’s Chef of the Year and a Bronze medal in the National 2010 British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year Competition, Stephanie was a popular choice for this year’s Deliciouslyorkshire Food Hero title and a worthy winner all round.
Other winners were:
Supreme Product 2017: Soanes & Sons Poultry - Grain Fed Chicken Fillet
Best New Business: Minskip Farm Shop
Best Use of Local Produce on the Menu: Low Mill Guest House
Best Independent Retailer: Farmer Copleys
Best Yorkshire Breakfast: Cambridge House
Best Yorkshire Afternoon Tea: The Devonshire Arms
Best Wholesaler/Distributor: Class One Fresh Produce
Best Fresh Meat: Soanes & Sons Poultry - Grain Fed Chicken Fillet
Best Prepared Meat: Three Little Pigs Chorizo
Best Yorkshire Pork Pie: Lishman's of Ilkley
Best Ready to Eat Product: The Peppered Pig - Scotch Egg
Best Yorkshire Cheese: Yorkshire Dama - Oaked Smoked Yorkshire Squeaky Cheese
Best Ice Cream/Yogurt: Yummy Yorkshire Ltd - Blackcurrent Panna Cotta Ice Cream
Best Bakery Product: Cannon Hall Farm Shop - Three Cheese Sourdough
Best Yorkshire Beer/Cider: Bad Company Brewery - Wild Gravity
Best Yorkshire Spirit: The Little Red Berry Co - Damson Gin
Best Yorkshire Beverage: Three Peaks Blend
Best Savoury Condiment: Rosebud Preserves - Damson Fruit Cheese
Best Sweet Preserve: Berrylicious Jam
Best Confectionery: Ruthy's Tablet - Vanilla Tablet
Best 'Free From' Product: Jervaulx Abbey Tearooms - Gluten Free Raspberry & Almond Cake
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