July 29th, 2014

MFDF Nominations all round for Living Ventures

MFDF Nominations all round for Living Ventures

Living Ventures receives seven nominations in the Manchester Food and Drink 2014 Awards.

The Awards provide a benchmark for excellence in the hospitality industries throughout Greater Manchester. This year sees a bumper list of new dining stars, and exciting talent across the board, following a year of significant development for Manchester's national foodie reputation.

The following establishments have been selected for shortlist by the MFDF Judging Panel, made up of the region's leading food and drink critics and experts.

The nomination polls will be live for voting imminently on the MFDF website (www.foodanddrinkfestival.com/awards) where they'll face the public vote.

The public's votes will then be combined with scores from the judging panel obtained via mystery shop visits made between the announcement date and the Gala Dinner.

The winners will only be revealed at the Gala Dinner and Awards on September 29th. The Awards dinner is a glittering finale to the Festival. We are pleased to announce that event makes a return to the iconic Great Hall at Manchester's Town Hall.

And the nominations are...

Restaurant of the Year

Aiming to recognise the best dining establishments in Manchester in 2014. This category refers to venues visited primarily for a full dining experience featuring table service, alcohol license etc.

63 Degrees, 20 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN
Manchester House, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ
Mr Cooper's House and Garden by Simon Rogan, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS
Aumbry, 2 Church Lane, Manchester, Prestwich M25 1AJ
Australasia, 1 Spinningfield Way, Manchester M3 3AP
Nutter's, Edenfield Rd, Rochdale OL12 7TT

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: THE FRENCH AT THE MIDLAND.

Newcomer of the Year

Recognising the best new food and drink operations to open in Greater Manchester since the last awards decision period (July 2013).

Superstore NQ, G18 Smithfield Building, Tib St, M4 1NB
Manchester House, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ
Red's True BBQ, Albert Square, 22 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5WA
Volta, 167 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LN
Mr Cooper's House and Garden by Simon Rogan, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS
Salvi's Cucina, 19 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6LE

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: THE FRENCH AT THE MIDLAND.

Chef of the Year

Aiming to recognise the most talented and outstanding work of chefs cooking in Greater Manchester kitchens - his or her skill, menu, commitment and contribution to the dining scene

Adam Reid, The French, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS
Mike Jennings, Grenache, 15 Bridgewater Road, Walkden, Worsley, M28 3JE
Aiden Byrne, Manchester House, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ
Eric Moreau, 63 Degrees, 20 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN
David Spanner, Australasia, 1 Spinningfield Way, Manchester M3 3AP
David Leong, Yuzu, 39 Faulkner St, Manchester M1 4EE

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: MARY-ELLEN MCTAGUE, AUMBRY.

Bar of the Year

Recognising the best drinking venues in the region that aren't considered ‘pubs'.

Manchester House, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ
Kosmonaut, 10 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF
Mr Cooper's House and Garden by Simon Rogan, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS
Grand Pacific, The Avenue, 
Spinningfields
, Manchester, 
M3 3AP
Revolucion de Cuba, 11 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR
Neighborhood, The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3BTBest Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

Best Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

This year the Best Food and Drink Retailer category will be searching the whole region for the best purveyors of food and drink ‘to go' and be involving the general public in the process from the off - no shortlist will be announced by the judges. The Festival is asking the people of Greater Manchester once again to provide this shortlist and winner, and help us uncover the best food and drink retailer in the region. Votes can be cast on the Festival website. This year the Festival will announce a winner as well as 2 ‘runners up' at the Gala Dinner.

Tags: 2014, Aiden Byrne, Australasia, Grand Pacific, Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards, Manchester House
Bookmark and Share

A menu of Pacific Rim flavours underpinned by European cooking tradition, an exotic blend of Indonesian and Southeast Asian influences. Australia's strong ties with Japan also help determine taste and style.

With an extension of Australasia is Grand Pacific - a contemporary colonial oasis in the heart of Spinningfields. Combining modern Australian cuisine and Pacific Rim flavours with a wealth of delicious cocktails, Grand Pacific offers a lighter side of the Australasia experience . With a canopied outdoor garden, Grand Pacific is a refreshing retreat from the bustle of the city.