The winners of the prestigious 2016 ‘Food and Travel’ magazine reader awards are unveiled in the latest issue of the gastronomic tourism title.
Readers of ‘Food and Travel’ voted in their thousands for the best in food, drink and travel, with the winners crowned a gala dinner at the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) in London.
The winners are:
Chef of the Year Marcus Wareing
Breakthrough Chef of the Year Ben Murphy, The Woodford
Restaurant of the Year (Newcomer) Sexy Fish
Restaurant of the Year (London) Fera at Claridge’s
Restaurant of the Year (Outside London) Wedgwood The Restaurant
Restaurant of the Year (Timeless Classic) Bentley’s
Restaurant of the Year, overall winners Fera at Claridge’s
Bar of the Year The Alchemist, Manchester
Specialist Retailer of the Year Gail’s Artisan Bakery
Book of the Year From Venice to Istanbul, Rick Stein
Cookery School of the Year The Michel Roux Jr Cookery School at Cactus Kitchens
Chef of the Year Marcus Wareing said: ‘Food and Travel’ is a fabulous magazine and to be recognised as Chef of the Year is a great honour.’
David Simms, managing director of Restaurant of the Year (London) winner Fera at Claridge’s, commented: “It’s great because it’s the readers who decide, and they’re real people. They’re the paying people who come into the restaurants.”
The only award not be voted for by readers is Breakthrough Chef of the Year. This year it went to Ben Murphy of The Woodford. He joins an illustrious list of previous winners such as Tomos Parry, James Lowe, Tom Sellers and Ollie Dabbous, who have all gone on to become leading figures in the industry.
As has become customary, the evening saw three of last year’s winning chefs – Michel Roux Jr, Mark Jordan and Adam Handling – work with the executive head chef at the RAC, Philip Corrick, to create a gourmet meal with matching wines by Vasse Felix and Brancott Estate.
The call for next year’s nominations from readers will appear in the April 2017 issue of ‘Food and Travel’.