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Fairlie to be top chef in 2006 AA awards

21 September 2006 by

Gleneagles's two-Michelin-starred chef, Andrew Fairlie, will be named Chef's Chef of the Year in this year's AA Hospitality Awards, Caterer can reveal.

The award, which is judged by other AA-recognised chefs, will be presented to Fairlie by Raymond Blanc at a ceremony recognising the top UK hotels, restaurants, chefs and pubs at London's Dorchester hotel on Monday 25 September.

Nottingham's Sat Bains will receive the Best English Restaurant Award for his eponymous eaterie.

Bains said: "It's scary and quite shocking, as we've only been open 18 months as our own business. It's a great achievement for the staff, head chef John Freeman, and my wife Amanda, whose attention to detail is phenomenal."

Malmaison will be singled out as Hotel Group of the Year, while the Baglioni hotel is set to scoop Best Hotel in England, despite opening only two years ago.

In the capital, the Galvin brothers' Bistrot de Luxe in Marylebone will be named London Restaurant of the Year. Martin Skan, who recently retired from Chewton Glen in New Milton, Hampshire, will be given the first AA Lifetime Hospitality Award for his services at the forefront of the industry for more than 40 years.

Honours north of the border will go to Sangsters restaurant in Fife and the Marcliffe at Pitfodels hotel near Aberdeen. Welsh Hotel of the Year will be the Park Plaza in Cardiff, with the Drawing Room in Builth Wells scooping the restaurant prize.

Peter Birnie, AA chief hotel and restaurant inspector, said: "There's been a lot of investment and commitment at a lot of different levels this year. Our winners exemplify the commitment to balancing commitment to service and high quality with a touch of well-thought-out innovation."

The awards will be presented by Birnie with Ruth Watson of Channel 5's Hotel Inspector TV programme.

AA Hospitality Award winners 2006-07

  • English Hotel of the Year Baglioni hotel, London
  • English Restaurant of the Year Sat Bains, Nottingham
  • London Restaurant of the Year Galvin's Bistrot de Luxe
  • National Hotel Group of the Year Malmaison
  • English Guest Accommodation of the Year Fulready Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Pub of the Year Gin Trap, Ringstead, Norfolk
  • Wine Award Jeremy Rata, Devonshire Arms, Skipton
  • Chef's Chef Award Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles hotel
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by AXA/AA Business Insurance) Martin Skan

New AA rosette awards

ENGLAND

New four-rosette awards

  • Bohemia St Helier
  • The Devonshire Arms Bolton Abbey
  • Fischer's Baslow Hall Baslow
  • Locanda Locatelli London
  • Midsummer House Cambridge
  • Winteringham Fields Winteringham

New three-rosette awards

  • Bath Priory Bath
  • Corbyn Head Hotel and Orchid Restaurant Torquay
  • Cotswold House Chipping Campden
  • The Elephant Bar & Restaurant Torquay
  • Endsleigh House Tavistock
  • Hand & Flowers Marlow
  • Jaan London
  • La Trompette London
  • Lainston House Winchester
  • Manor House Castle Combe
  • Morgan M London
  • Maze London
  • Notting Hill Brasserie London
  • Origin London
  • The Samling Windermere
  • St Ervan Manor Padstow
  • Talland Bay Porthallow
  • Tresanton St Mawes
  • Westover Hall Milford on Sea

SCOTLAND

New four-rosette awards

  • Boath House Nairn

New three-rosette awards

  • Greywalls Gullane
  • Glenmoriston Arms Hotel & Restaurant Invermoriston
  • Number One, The Balmoral Edinburgh

WALES

New four-rosette awards

  • Ynyshir Hall Eglwysfach

New three-rosette awards

  • Bodysgallen Hall & Spa Llandudno
  • Carlton House Llanwrtyd Wells
  • The Old Rectory Country House Conwy
  • Tan-y-Foel Country House Betws-y-Coed

NORTHERN IRELAND

New four-rosette awards

  • Restaurant Michael Deane Belfast

A full listing of UK restaurants with three- and four-rosette ratings will be published on CatererSearch next week

By Emily Manson

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