In partnership with
Sponsoring Wine List of the Year
MARCHESI DE' FRESCOBALDI - 700 YEARS OF GREAT TUSCAN WINES
A Florentine family with thirty generations dedicated to the production of great Tuscan wines from five estates in Tuscany. Imported and distributed in the UK by Hallgarten Druitt, the Frescobaldi style brings together culture, tradition and innovation.
With the goal of being the most prestigious Tuscan wine producer, Frescobaldi firmly believes in respecting the local land, focusing on the highest quality production and investing in communications and personnel.
Their land spans the Chianti district stretching from Pomino DOC into Brunello di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano. The family's experience, passion and love for Tuscany guarantees the quality and unique personality of each wine. Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the world's greatest wine producing families.
Sponsoring Hotel Restaurant of the Year 2012
Mövenpick Ice Cream
Sponsoring Personality of the Year 2012
Inspiring chefs with its luxurious ice-creams and sorbets, Mövenpick Ice Cream is proud to sponsor this year's National Restaurant Awards.
Featuring classics such as Vanilla Dream and Swiss Chocolate, as well as more gastronomic options including Espresso Croquant Ice Cream and Pear Sorbet, Mövenpick Ice Cream aims to encourage innovation with its selection of over 30 gourmet flavours.
With its Swiss heritage at the heart of product development for more than 50 years, our passion for perfection can be tasted in all Mövenpick recipes. The finest naturally sourced ingredients the world has to offer, from classic Bourbon vanilla seeds from Madagascar to fine French Cognac VSOP, are combined with luxurious Swiss cream to create an unbeatably smooth and delicate texture, giving chefs a brand that delivers the quality and presence to stand alone or as an accompaniment they can be proud to serve.
Sponsoring Chef's Chef of the Year
Ritter-Fresh, part of Ritter-Courivaud, is a specialist wholesaler of the highest quality fish, meat and game and supply the finest restaurants and hotels in London and throughout the UK.
Ritter-Fresh offers chefs an extensive range of British seasonal produce that is sourced direct from small artisan suppliers from all around the coast. For instance, our fishermen dive daily in the crystal clear waters off the Orkney coast and our live Abalone come from the farm off the western coast of Ireland and delivered daily. We also have strong relationships with overseas suppliers as we source lobster from Canada, prawns from Mozambique and scallops from Japan.
We have a passion and desire to only offer our customers the best quality products with outstanding service.
Sponsoring the Regional Awards
SPEYSIDE GLENLIVET - THE HEIGHT OF GOOD TASTE
Speyside Glenlivet is sourced and bottled on the remote Crown Estate of Glenlivet, Scotland. At over 1,000 feet above sea level, it is the highest, naturally occurring spring in the UK. The early distillers of the world's finest whiskies came to Speyside looking for the purest water and here they stayed. Little wonder then that Speyside Glenlivet is known today as one of the purest, premium mineral waters in the world.
Available in both still and sparkling, Speyside Glenlivet is prized for its unusually low mineral content making it the ideal accompaniment to fine dining. The soft, refreshing taste helps cleanse the palate allowing the subtle flavours of fine food, wine and whisky to shine through.
Great chefs and sommeliers the world over adore Speyside Glenlivet's exceptional purity and it's the choice of many leading restaurants and hotels in the UK including The Ledbury, The Cadogan, Restaurant Martin Wishart, The Kitchin, The Dorchester and Hotel du Vin. We are proud to say that it also graces the tables at Michel Roux Jr's Michelin Two Star restaurant, Le Gavroche.
Little wonder great chefs adore it.
Sustainable Restaurant Association
Sustainable Restaurant of the Year
Established in 2010, the Sustainable Restaurant Association is a not-for-profit membership organisation helping restaurants become more sustainable and diners make more sustainable choices when dining out. We help our member restaurants source food more sustainably, manage resources more efficiently and work more closely with their communities. We work with restaurants of all types - from high street chains to local independents, from Michelin starred restaurants to street food caterers, from large hotels to gastro-pubs, from contract caterers to take aways - and our members cover the length and breadth of the UK. Our Sustainability Rating system means diners can choose a restaurant that matches their sustainability priorities, and features alongside Giles Coren's restaurant reviews every Saturday in the Times and in Harden's online and printed restaurant guides. We recognise restaurants as one, two or three star sustainability champions depending on how they rate against a wide range of criteria covering 14 areas of sustainability.
We campaign on important issues such as food waste, have developed accredited sustainability training, work with sustainable suppliers through our Approved Supplier system and provide a range of consultancy services, but our core focus is to support our members on their journey of sustainability. We know that diners want restaurants to take their environmental and social responsibilities more seriously and the SRA is here to help restaurants to meet that challenge. It makes sense for the environment, but it also makes sense for business.
Our mission: to contribute to the success of food professionals, in savoury, sweet and beverage applications, with a product line constantly tailored to their requirements.
Driven by this mission, we select the best ingredients, in the best localities, worldwide.
Our experts assemble these fruits and vegetables, harvested at maturity, using techniques inherited from the champagne sector. Their know-how guarantees authentic and consistent taste, colour and texture.
Then we transform them at our ultra-modern plant in Valence, following quality standards inherited from dozens of years' experience working with fruit. For each fruit and vegetable we have developed a specificities process, both sure and respectful of their original qualities. These qualities are then protected by deep freezing that allows a long use-by date and thus guarantees professionals availability of our products all year round.
Our sales and marketing teams are there to listen to food professionals' requirements and assist our distributors and importers worldwide. They can count on the support of 15 salespeople who have perfect knowledge of the cultural and culinary specifics of each country