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Restaurant of the Year competition still open for entries

22 April 2016 by
Restaurant of the Year competition still open for entries

There is still time to enter the Restaurant of the Year competition which closes on 6 May.

The competition is open to all restaurants in the UK, excluding the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, which include fish and shellfish on their menus. Restaurants do not have to have a standalone fish menu or exclusively offer fish and shellfish to be considered.

Organised by The Caterer in association with Seafish UK, it was launched in 2015 and saw Glasgow restaurant Gamba become the first winner of the title.

Derek Marshall, chef-owner of Gamba said: "It was fantastic to win because it was the inaugural year of the competition and we knew we could tick all the judges' boxes."

The 2016 judging panel will include Marshall; Xavier Rousset, wine consultant and part owner of the Greenwich Garden; AA group area manager Giovanna Grossi; Jose Souto, author and chef lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College, Will Smith, co-proprietor, Arbutus Restaurants, London; and Callum Richardson, owner of the Bay Fish & Chips in Stonehaven Aberdeenshire and overall winner of the 2013 National Fish & Chip Awards organised by Seafish UK.

Applicants are asked to focus on examples of excellent customer service, innovative ideas to drive sales of fish and shellfish, outstanding fish and shellfish promotional activity and evidence of varied species of fish and shellfish alongside sustainable policies and practices.

Initial shortlisting will take place in May and the top 10 restaurants will then be visited by a mystery shopper (a Seafish-appointed auditor) in June in order to create a final top five, which will be revealed mid to late June. The overall winner will be chosen by the judges in July.

The overall winner and two team members of their choice will be invited on an all-expenses paid study trip to Brixham, Devon, to learn about the catching, processing and supply of seafood from south west England to other parts of the UK, and will meet a range of key industry players and experience some of the world's freshest and finest seafood.

The winning restaurant will also receive a bespoke trophy and an individually designed seafood masterclass at Billingsgate Seafood Training School with a guest chef. There will also be a range of other prizes including vouchers to be redeemed against cookery equipment and signed copies of cookery books.

The top five shortlisted restaurants will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in London in September 2016 when the overall national winner will be announced.

Seafish, the authority on seafood in the UK, is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) set up to improve efficiency and raise standards across the seafood industry. Funded by a levy on the first sale of seafood products in the UK, including imported seafood, the organisation has a mission to secure a profitable and sustainable future for the UK seafood industry.

The deadline for entries is 6 May 2016. Entries can be submitted via http://seafish.org/seafoodrestaurantoftheyear

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