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DNCC Sponsors Chesterfield Food Awards

Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards LogoDNCC has been announced as one of the sponsors of Chesterfield's first-ever Food and Drink Awards, which are being organised by Destination Chesterfield.

The Chamber joins headline sponsor Chesterfield College as a category sponsor, alongside a host of local firms including Mr Sparkles, Jumble Design, Franke, Redbrik, Nothern Tea Merchants and Banner Jones.

The awards were launched in July and are aimed at celebrating the wealth of eateries, pubs, bars and food producers that have established themselves in the town.

A panel of judges will ‘mystery shop’ establishments put forward by the general public and rate them against a set criteria. Entries open on 19 August for the ten categories:

  • Restaurant of the Year
  • Cafe of the Year
  • Gastro Pub of the Year
  • Customer Service Award
  • Chesterfield producer of the Year
  • Pub of the Year
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best out of Town
  • Young Chef of the Year
  • Chef of the Year

DNCC Chief Executive George Cowcher added: “The Chamber recognises the importance of the food and drink sector to the local economy, which is why it was so keen to sponsor these awards, to highlight our local produce and celebrate some of our star businesses.”

Dominic Stevens, Manager of Destination Chesterfield, added: “We wanted the Food and Drink awards to be a true reflection of everything culinary the town has to offer. The ten award categories cover everything from great customer service and emerging talent to, of course, fantastic tasting food and drink. Whether it’s a business lunch or night out with friends and family, supporting the awards is an excellent way for businesses to recognise the valuable role Chesterfield’s food and drink industry plays in our personal and professional life.”

Chesterfield College will host the awards ceremony at its Heartspace building later this year.

Principal Trevor Clay said: “We’re delighted to be part of the Food and Drink awards, celebrating the amazing culinary achievements of the region. We’re also proud to be hosting the awards ceremony in our Heartspace building in recognition of the superb Food and Drink businesses across Derbyshire.”

To enter or find out more, visit www.chesterfield.co.uk/foodanddrinkawards.