‘The Good Food Guide’ has announced the winners of its 2018 Editors’ Awards, which recognise restaurants and chefs for their talent and commitment to excellence.
Chef of the Year: Peter Sanchez-Iglesias from Casamia in Bristol. His restaurant also climbed to number 10 in ‘The Good Food Guide’ league of the top 50 restaurants, from number 27 last year. This coincides with Bristol also being host to the highest number of new entries of any city outside of London.
‘The Good Food Guide’ editor Elizabeth Carter commented: “It seems fitting that such a vibrant foodie hotspot as Bristol should supply our latest Chef of the Year, though Peter Sanchez-Iglesias is no stranger to ‘Good Food Guide’ awards. With his brother, Jonray, Peter picked up Best Up and Coming Chef(s) award in 2008 and they were joint Chef(s) of the Year in 2015, winning the award shortly before Jonray’s tragic death at the age of 32.
“Now solo in the kitchen, Peter has emerged as a serious reputation maker in his own right – and the new look Casamia has won all our hearts. There is nothing complacent about this ultra-smooth-running operation; care and attention to detail are second to none, from the thrilling food to the staff who look genuinely pleased to see you.”
The Chef to Watch: Ben Crittenden, from Stark at Broadstairs in Kent. Elizabeth said: “His 12-seater restaurant only has a galley kitchen tucked in the corner but serves a well-prepared six-course tasting menu.
“I’m sure many locals would like to keep this place under the radar as Stark is far and away one of the more unusual openings this year. But the secret is out now and there’s something special about this plain 12-seater restaurant. Ben has a penchant for simplicity and flavour, and his keen eye for the seasons is extremely satisfying – some might call it dazzling.
“His success is all the more astonishing as, for the first eight months, the restaurant has been operating without a loo, without any dent in popularity. Hopefully the situation will be resolved next month. In the meantime, a friendly landlady from the pub up the road welcomes Stark’s diners.”
Restaurant of the Year: The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Run by chef Scott Davies, his menus are strongly rooted in the immediate area, with most ingredients sourced from a 20-mile radius. The Three Chimneys has also gone into the top 50 restaurants for the first time, at number 25.
Best New Restaurant Entry: crowd-funded Salt, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Best Front-of-House: Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottinghamshire.
Best Pub Restaurant: The Crown, in Burchett’s Green, Berkshire.
‘The Good Food Guide’ is published by Waitrose on September 4 and will be available to buy at the supermarket for £17.99. The 2018 edition is the fifth to be published by the grocery retailer. It lists 50 restaurants which it recognises as the very best in the country.
‘Chef to Watch’: Ben Crittenden in his 12 seater Kent restaurant, Stark,