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Food Porn Awards see record number of entries for 2018

For the first time, the coveted Food Porn Awards has opened its shortlist to the general public and has this year seen a record number of entries, with over 350 chefs and restaurants across the North of England submitting their most impressive and creative dishes. A public vote is now open to allow local people to have the chance to feast their eyes on images of the chefs most delectable dishes and vote for their favourite.

The Awards opened the shortlist to a public vote on the 6th November and will close on the 18th December, where 12 of the finest culinary creations will be selected across two categories; Fine Dining and Casual Dining

The public can submit their vote for the best-looking dish online via FoodPornAwards.co.uk. The 6 top ranking dishes from each category will go through to the finals. The 12 finalist dishes will then be reviewed by a panel of esteemed judges, including food developers, food bloggers and food journalists, to pick the final winner for each category, with winners announced at the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show in March 2018.

The North West has been trailblazing with half of the shortlisted dishes deriving from the region, including Masterchef winner Simon Wood’s Wood Manchester restaurant, The Flixton and 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms.

Established in the North West in 2016, the Food Porn Awards are expanding following a solid and successful development in to Yorkshire and Cumbria last year.

Now in its third year, the coveted awards are a celebration of the best-looking dishes from restaurants, bars, pubs and eateries across the North. The Awards give chefs in the region an opportunity to enter images of their most visually impressive dishes to win the esteemed 2018 award.

Over the last two years the competition has seen more than 600 entries, among them Manchester hot spots Menagerie and Iberica, The Grand Hotel and Spa in York, Cumbria’s The Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, The Spotted Pig and 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms as well as restaurants from well-known groups, including The Botanist, Blackhouse and the New Moon Company. Previous winners include celebrity chef Simon Rimmer and his restaurant Earle Restaurant, Hale.

Phil Marshall, STM managing director and curator of the Food Porn Awards, said: “The past two years of the awards have been hugely successful and showcased the wide range of talent in the North West, Cumbria and Yorkshire. This year we are delighted to open up the competition to the whole of the North and see what the North East can bring to the table. After last year’s successful expansion, we had to ensure 2018 was even bigger and better.

“It was also important to give Food Porn Awards’ fans a chance to have their say, so including the new public vote element will enable everyone to have an input and support their favourite dishes. We hope to see chefs at their most creative once again, and with more competition than ever before, it is shaping up to be a very exciting year.”

Sponsors and partners for this year’s awards include catering equipment supplier, Stephensons; specialist food photographers, STM Photography and social media agency STM Social.

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