The most coveted food and drink makers of the county were awarded well for their efforts this Friday night when they came together at the Taste of Kent Awards. 10 companies were rewarded the top prize in different categories, the first time they were rewarded at the awards ceremony.
The most notable winners were The Cheese makers of Canterbury from Dargate that went on to win 3 awards including the Best Kent Food Product award for their special Bowyer’s Brie, The Ambrette in Margate that won the award of the Kent Restaurant of the Year.
The Ambrette was represented by Dev Biswal and won for their reliance on local ingredients, balanced menu, appeal and the combination of English and modern Indian food. Jan Bowyer of The Cheese makers of Canterbury found the restaurant in 2007, and on Friday night, she was thrilled after winning three awards.
The judges confirmed that they were highly impressed with her restaurant that made it the winner without any doubt. The event was organised at Hollingbourne’s Mercure Great Danes Hotel.
Edwyn Martin of Produced in Kent, one of the organizations that run the event Taste of Kent Awards said, “With the emergence of new winners and producers of genuine Kent foods and drinks winning for the third and fourth regular year, the value of the awards has grown further. The awards also made it clear to the consumers that the food and drink they enjoyed was grown and produced locally at trusted sources.”
The award for the Kent Dining Pub for the Year went to The George Inn. According to the judges, the pub’s owners had made some special efforts for making this pub a notable name across the horizon. They offered an amazing atmosphere combined with lots of locally produced ingredients on their menu. The Kent Local Food Retailer of the year award as a fiercely contested one and was won by the finalist from last year, Quex Barn of Birchington.
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