Shortlist Revealed for Courier Menu Food and Drink Awards

After discussions and deliberations galore, it is finally time to reveal the shortlist for The Courier Menu Food and Drink Awards 2020.

Now in its third year, the aim of the event is to celebrate the outstanding talent across the region and it was obvious from all the fantastic entries that Courier Country has this in abundance.

Our panel of judges got together at The Courier publisher DC Thomson’s flagship building in Dundee to go through each and every entry in minute detail.

The judges were overwhelmed by the number of top-class entries they received for the 11 categories and all agreed it was a tough job deciding on a shortlist.

Debates were intense, as the panel – including Courier restaurant reviewer Murray Chalmers, former MasterChef winner Jamie Scott, Courier deputy editor Graham Huband and Courier features editor Gillian Lord – chipped in with their thoughts on entrants but, thankfully, nobody fell out.

Several Angus businesses and individuals are shortlisted including:

  • Dean Banks – Chef of the Year at his Haar Restauarant in St Andrews
  • Lost Orchards Cider (Muirhead) – Craft Beer/Cider of the Year
  • Carnoustie Distillery – Craft Distiller of the Year
  • WeeCook Pies – Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Angus Farmers’ Market and The Gin Bothy – Food Drink/Destination of the Year
  • The Whistle Stop (Brechin) and Wee Bear Cafe (Lintrathen) – Independent Coffee Shop of the Year
  • Adam Newth – Restaurant of the Year at his Tayberry Restaurant in Broughty Ferry

The winners of each category, as well as the 2020 brand ambassador, will be announced at the five-star gala dinner in the Apex Hotel, Dundee, on March 12.

A full list of all nominated in each of the 11 categories can be found here.


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