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1 April 2009
The Northern hospitality
THE Northern Hospitality Awards, held on Monday, 30 March
2009, saw a top Merseyside chef pick up an award – Marc Wilkinson,
chef patron at Wirral-based Fraiche won Best Chef sponsored by
The great and good of the Northern hospitality industry gathered in
the splendid surroundings of the Hilton Manchester Deansgate for the
fourth Northern Hospitality Awards. Over 250 guests celebrated and
applauded the best of the industry as the nine awards – Best Bar,
Chef, General Manager, Hotel, Newcomer, Pub, Restaurant, Wine
Offering and the coveted Special Achievement award – were announced.
Without exception, the winners were thrilled to be called to the
podium to collect their award from Nigel Barden, compere and food &
drink presenter on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans’ Show.
The winners are as follows:-
Best Bar ~ Residence Restaurant & Bar, Nantwich
Best Chef ~ Marc Wilkinson, Fraiche, Wirral
Best General Manager ~ Jason Harding, The Lowry, Manchester
Best Hotel ~ Clow Beck House, Darlington
Best Newcomer ~ The Church Green, Lymm
Best Pub ~ Kirkstile Inn, Cockermouth
Best Restaurant ~ Ramsons Restaurant, Ramsbottom
Best Wine Offering ~ The Angel Inn at Hetton
Special Achievement ~ Andrew and Jacquie Pern, The Star Inn, Harome
Marc Wilkinson from Fraiche said:- “I have been back in the
North of England for five years. At Fraiche I am creating my own
vision of modern cuisine, pushing dishes and our customers’
experience to new heights, putting Merseyside on the culinary map.
It’s good to be home.”
Thom Hetherington, Managing Director of Moorfield Media, the awards’
organisers said:- “This year the standard has surpassed our
expectations and the judges have had a really tough job. The current
economic climate makes award ceremonies such as this all the more
important – the industry needs its moment to congratulate the best
of its colleagues and peers. The Northern hospitality industry
certainly has a lot to celebrate and be proud of.”
This year the awards ceremony moved to the Hilton Manchester
Deansgate where the guests mingled at a cocktail reception and then
enjoyed a delicious four-course dinner created by the hotel’s head
chef David Gale, a finalist for Best Chef.
The 2009 Northern Hospitality Awards were sponsored by Brown-Forman
Beverages, Steelite, BLEND Recruitment, Boutinot, Northern
Restaurant & Bar, Restaurant Association part of the British
Hospitality Association, Russell Partnership, Caterer.com and
Parents are top of the
LIVERPOOL’S very first ‘Super Parents’ graduate
with first class honours.
Eighteen local families where among the first in the country to
complete the pioneering FAST family programme, and they celebrate
their graduation Tuesday, 31 March 2009.
Liverpool was selected in December 2008 as a UK pilot city for the
hugely successful FAST initiative, which was developed in the USA.
It aims to restore family and community values and bring parents and
children closer together, as well as tackling social issues such as
drugs, teenage pregnancy and anti-social behaviour.
Over the last eight weeks, parents of pupils at Broadgreen High,
Holly Lodge and New Heys have gone ‘back to school’
with their children. They have received family training from
American experts which has given them the tools to become better
parents as well as helping other families build stronger
The programme has seen families working together, through games,
workshops, exercises and discussions, to help empower parents as
role models and re-establish family roles.
Having completed the course, the parents can themselves become
trainers, sharing ‘good parenting’ with other families
and helping place schools and families at the heart of community
The ‘Super Parents’ will join their children at a special graduation
ceremony at Broadgreen High School. American trainers from FAST and
council staff will present them with their certificates.
The city council’s executive member for education, Councillor Keith
Turner, said:- “FAST is a really unique approach to developing
stronger, more secure families and communities – and it works. It’s
fantastic that Liverpool is leading the way with this fantastic
initiative and I’d like to congratulate all of our graduates. They
are a great example of how thriving, safe, cohesive communities
really do begin at home.”
The programme, co-ordinated by FAST in partnership with the city
council and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, has been such a success
that it will be rolled-out to five more Liverpool schools in April
2009. It is expected that 13 secondary schools will have signed-up
to the scheme by the end of the year.
Ultimately, it is hoped that FAST will provide families across the
city with a strong network through which they can turn to other
families in the community for help and support.
And it is hoped that the scheme will help combat issues facing
families in modern society such as family dysfunction, social
isolation, anti-social behaviour and the breakdown of community
Elspeth Bromiley, family therapist for children and adults, said:-
“FAST is proving to be a massive success in Liverpool. It’s
already making a huge difference to the lives of many local
families, creating a real sense of community and helping parents
connect with their children and with other families.
We’re delighted that the first of our families have completed
the programme and we’re looking forward to the scheme going from
strength to strength in the coming months.”
Further graduation ceremonies will take place at Holly Lodge Girls
College and New Heys Community Comprehensive on Thursday, 2 April
2009, when 16 more Liverpool families will receive their FAST
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