Celebrity Chef Chesterfield-bound for Town’s Food and Drink Awards

The celebrity chef Lesley Waters will be arriving in Chesterfield on Wednesday 31 October to host the town’s sixth annual Food and Drink Awards organised by Destination Chesterfield in association with Chesterfield College.

Well known for her regular television appearances on Ready Steady Cook and This Morning, Lesley will announce the winners of 15 categories including Chesterfield’s Food Hero at the sell-out event.

Lesley said: “I am delighted to host the 2018 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards. There is a real passion amongst food and drink businesses in the area for using locally sourced produce. As well as supporting local business, it’s about using fresh ingredients and creating great food. I firmly believe the best food is made with passion and there is plenty of that in Chesterfield.”

Once again, the awards ceremony, which is being held at Chesterfield College’s Heart Space Building, will be used as a learning experience for Chesterfield College’s catering and hospitality students, who both cook and serve a two-course meal on the night to more than 250 people.

Lesley commented: “Having worked in education myself as a former Head Tutor of Leith’s School of Food & Wine and now owning my own cookery school, it is very exciting to see Chesterfield College and its budding chefs of the future so actively involved with the town’s foremost food and drink event.”

35 businesses and individuals are shortlisted in the 2018 awards, with 12 businesses taking part for the first time and 13 hoping to retain their titles from 2017. This year, the awards also see the introduction of two new categories recognising the vital role apprentices and their employers play in the Chesterfield’s food and drink sector.

The finalists in each category are:

Restaurant of the Year

Blu Bistro & Coffee House

Bottle & Thyme

Cocina at Casa Hotel


Cafe/Tea Room of the Year

The Lilypad Café and Restaurant


Stephenson’s Tea and Coffee House


Gastro Pub of the Year 

The Fox & Goose Inn

The Market Pub

The Rectory


Pub/Bar of the Year

Chesterfield Arms

Junction Bar

Rose & Crown, Brampton


Chesterfield’s Best Newcomer

Ciuri Ciuri

The Crafty Dog

Pump & Grind


Best Customer Service

Bottle & Thyme

Junction Bar

Stephenson’s Tea and Coffee House


Best Out of Town

The Devonshire, Upper Langwith

Kathmandu Ghurka, Clay Cross

The Three Horse Shoes, Clay Cross

The Tickled Trout, Barlow


International Restaurant of the Year

Dehli 41




Family Friendly Award


Mason’s Coffee Lounge

The Soulville Steakhouse


Conference and Banqueting Venue of the Year

Casa Hotel

Proact Stadium

Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa



Young Chef of the Year

Ashley Pienaar

Callum Taylor

Kye Homiak


Apprentice of the Year

Ben Forster – Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa

Corey Elliott – The Lilypad Café & Restaurant

Courtney Slater – Katey’s Coffee Shop


Apprentice Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Learning Unlimited (The Chesterfield College


The Rectory

Stephenson’s Tea & Coffee House

Van Dyk

For more information about the Chesterfield Food and Drink awards, please visit https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/foodanddrinkawards/.