Urbis eatery The Modern was named restaurant of the year at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2009 Awards held at the Palace Hotel.
The cream of Manchester’s culinary crop turned out for a glamorous gathering to celebrate the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards. Hosted by celebrity chef duo The Hairy Bikers, the event was a star-studded affair that saw a cluster of the city’s finest food and drink businesses presented with a host of prestigious accolades.
The annual awards followed months of public voting and careful consideration by a judging panel of industry experts, who were tasked with making the final decision. Among 2009’s big winners was sky-scraping city centre eatery The Modern, which scooped Restaurant of the Year, cool Northern Quarter hang out Apotheca, which was crowned Bar of the Year and taking home the title of Chef of the Year was the undeniably talented Ian Matfin, of Abode Manchester.
Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers, said of the evening: “We dusted down the dinner suits and what a great night we had; it is wonderful to realise what a wealth of food treasure we have in the North West. The food festival has been one of the best – we can’t wait for next year! Good on yer Manchester!”
Siobhan Hanley, director of Manchester Food and Drink Festival, said: “Once again, it was extremely difficult for the judging panel to decide the award winners as there is such a high quality of restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs in our city.”
The glittering evening was a culmination of the 12th annual Manchester Food and Drink Festival, which has proved a huge success and showcased a number of new events such as the Local and Independent Wine Festival at Urbis, The First Manchester Whisky Festival at MOSI and an Oktoberfest in Albert Square.