The coffee house won the big prize at this year's Food and Drink Awards
Blu Bistro & Coffee House on Chatsworth Road was named The Restaurant of the Year at the 2017 Food and Drinks Awards, organised by Destination Chesterfield.
The family run restaurant has been nominated for the award four years running, but this year they picked up the top prize on Wednesday 25 October.
In over 13 categories Blu Bistro & Coffee House was one of the 12 restaurants, bars and cafes to pick up an award.
Adam Warwick, head chef at Blu Bistro & Coffee House, said: “We’ve been nominated four years running so to finally win is incredible. Teamwork is the key. Everything we do, all 15 of us, we do together. We work as a team and it’s paid off… finally.”
Mich Turner MBE, a cake expert to celebrities and royalty, hosted the event at the Chesterfield College Heart Space building.
There was a turnout of over 250 people at what has now become one of the most celebrated events in Chesterfield’s food and drink industry.
Dominic Stevens, Destination Chesterfield manager, said: “Once again the Food and Drink Awards were a runaway success with more new names appearing in the winners roll alongside established names.
“This is a reflection of how the town’s food and drink scene is both growing and evolving, catering for everyone’s tastes, and mirroring the development of Chesterfield as a whole.”
The Chesterfield College Group partnered with the event organisers to create a learning experience for the college’s hospitality students, who make and serve a two course meal to guests every year.
Julie Richards, Principal of Chesterfield College said: “It is a highlight in our calendar, providing a fantastic opportunity to showcase the college’s catering and hospitality department and to develop the skills of the students who take part in the preparation of the food and the hospitality for the evening.”
Other supporters of the event included the Derbyshire Times, Peak FM, Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, City Taxis, Owen Taylor & Sons, RA Information Systems, Franklin and Sons Ltd, Addooco, Steve Faulkner and Reflections.
For more information about the 2017 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards visit www.chesterfield.co.uk/foodanddrinkawards.