oliversThe Oliver awards ceremony saw Michael O’Hare, the man behind The Man Behind the Curtain, which last year scooped Leeds its first Michelin Star in more than 10 years, win Best Chef and be declared Overall Winner.
Meanwhile, Ilkley’s The Box Tree won our Fine Dining category for the second year running.

Our award for Outstanding Contribution went to Tim Bilton, the chef behind The Spiced Pear in Hepworth. Tim has contracted cancer for the second time but despite his illness, he and wife Adele, have managed not only to keep their restaurant running but maintain the highest of standards, earning plaudits from critics and their peers alike.

Nicola Furbisher, editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, who delivered the opening address, said: “It’s one of the highlights of our year and one of the things we’re most proud of in this city is the calibre of restaurants and those who work in them. They all work hard to make them – and the city as a whole – a success. This is a pat on the back for them and we’re proud to be able to shine a light on them.”
Other winners included Pintura, who won our Best World category and Gusto, which won Best Suburban. There were two new categories this year, Best Rural and Best Street Food, both of which were introduced by popular demand.

Best Lunch: Crab & Lobster

Best World: Pintura

Best Service: Crafthouse

Best European: La Casita

Best Suburban: Gusto

Best Chef: Michael O’Hare for The Man Behind the Curtain

Best Rural: The Clarendon Hotel

Best Fine Dining: The Boxtree, Ilkley

Best Newcomer: Friends of Ham (Ilkley)

Best City Centre: Kendells Bistro

Best Hotel Restaurant: The Burlington at The Devonshire Arms Hotel

Best Cafe/Bar: Bundobust

Best British: The Rythre Arms

Best Indian: Theravadu

Best Italian: Lucia

Best Street Food: Zaap

Overall Winner: Michael O’Hare

Outstanding Contribution: Tim Bilton, The Spiced Pear, Hepworth

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