Meet the 2016 winners of the GQ Food and Drink Awards
This week, the winners of the 2016 GQ Food and Drink Awards were announced, and the awards were presented at a lavish ceremony at 100 Wardour Street, Soho in association with Veuve Clicquot. The ceremony was presented by Claudia Winkleman, and a special guest, Hollywood star Kate Winslet, presented the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Who won, and where can they be found?
- The Best Restaurant Award went to Kitty Fisher’s, in Mayfair’s Shepherd Market. Enjoy drinks and award-winning food in this intimate bar and dining room.
- Best Bar went to Happiness Forgets, situated in the basement at 8 – 9 Hoxton Square.
- Best Chef was James Lowe of Lyle’s in the Tea Building on Shoreditch High Street.
- Ruth Spivey of Craft London won the Best Sommelier Award.
- Best Pub was awarded to The Sportsman in Whitstable, which has held a Michelin star since 2008.
- For the Best Interior, head to Chiltern Firehouse, a stylish hotel and restaurant in Marylebone.
- Best Front of House went to Tom Mullion of Kitty Fisher’s.
- The Pig on the Beach was named the Best Hotel. This 23-room hotel can be found in Studland Bay, Dorset.
- The award for Best Restaurateur went to Jason Atherton, who started out working alongside several great chefs before striking out on his own. His flagship restaurant Pollen Street Social opened in 2011, and he has since opened many more all over the world.
- Best Overall Experience was awarded to The Wolseley in Piccadilly, where food can be enjoyed all day from breakfast through to a late-night snack.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Giorgio Locatelli. This is one chef who can truly claim to have achieved success over a lifetime, having started his career aged five helping out in the kitchens of his uncle’s Michelin-starred restaurant. In 2002, he and his wife opened Locanda Locatelli, a Michelin-starred restaurant known for its fine food and intimate atmosphere.