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AA Awards for Birmingham Restaurants

Chef Richard Turner Celebrate The AA Awards with his Brigade

Chef Richard Turner Celebrate The AA Awards with his Brigade. From Left James Day of, and brigade Aivaras Saduka, Alex Bond (Head Chef), Richard Turner, Dmitri Filimosin, Rohan McFarlane.

The great and good of the country’s hospitality industry were out in force last night at the AA Hospitality Awards. Twenty four award winners were celebrating after being presented with their coveted titles at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London ’s Park Lane including a new award for this year, The AA Spirit Award.

Often referred to as the industry’s ‘Oscars’ the AA Hospitality Awards is a key date on everyone’s calendar – a rare time when major players in the Hospitality world can get together – and recognise the commitment to excellence that so many establishments and individuals strive to provide their guests. Drawing on the unrivalled knowledge and expertise of the AA inspectorate and other industry professionals involved in the judging process, winners are selected in recognition of excellence and success within their chosen category, having shown a significant improvement in the preceding 12 – 18 months and proving their dedication to raising industry standards and enhancing both their guest and diner experiences. From top hotels and restaurants to the best of British pubs the AA Hospitality Awards celebrate everything that is great in British hospitality. All the winners will appear in the latest edition of the 2015 AA Hotel, Restaurant and Pub Guides which were launched at the event.

Guests at the awards ceremony, hosted by Fiona Bruce, were treated to a sensational gourmet meal created by 2013 AA Chefs’ Chef, Tom Kerridge, as well as entertainment from Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Light Balance.

Birmingham was represented by Chef Richard Turner of Michelin starred Turners Restaurant in Harborne. Upon receiving his award he commented “It is is always good to receive accreditation by the guides for our cooking. The 3 AA rosettes recognise consistency and seasonality in the cooking as well as intelligent service, and a well chosen wine list, and so I took my whole team down to help celebrate and share the in the achievement” continuing “we have undergone a top to toe assessment of Turners in recent months, including an indepth customer survey, with over 500 detailed responses, and our customers have been very encouraging in what Turners offers them, and we have taken on board suggestions for our continuous improvements, including a new wine list which I have personally chosen, with more value bins, as well as a World beer list and beer matching with our tasting menus, alongside a new value lunch menu and more relaxed service, and it’s these awards which underline this on-going pushing of the boundaries, coupled with are ongoing positive customer feedback.”

Richard recently fronted the Birmingham Independent Food Fair where he also announced closer ties with his beloved Aston Villa – including sourcing of ingredients for his menus from their allotments in nearby Witton initiative which grows organic produce in their own site helping support youngsters in the area to help get them into the hospitality industry and create new jobs and skills training “it was great to see Birmingham represented last night and its initiatives like the Aston villa project that makes us proud to be from the City.”

Adam Stokes of Adams Restaurant Birmingham was also at the awards collecting his award announced earlier this year. James day of Leisure Marketing Midlands LTD (pictured below) whose company helps support the regions’ Chefs and accredited venues added “The calibre of the Chefs and venues across the Heart of England is certainly o the ascendancy – the constant pushing of boundaries continues to offer an exception dining choice for the regions’ gourmands”

James Day of Leisure Marketing Midlands LTD with AA Chef Tom Kerridge & Chef of The Year 2015 Nathan Outlaw

James Day of Leisure Marketing Midlands LTD with AA Chef Tom Kerridge & Chef of The Year 2015 Nathan Outlaw

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