Three, is a Magic Number…

The Rudding Park team cheering outside Rudding House with their awards
Awards season is in full swing and it’s certainly been a successful one so far for Rudding Park...

I had the pleasure of attending the Yorkshire Life Awards earlier this month; read on to get the juicy details from behind the scenes and see the winners.

The AA Hospitality Awards also took place and the team from Horto were lucky enough to travel to London and attended the prestigious ceremony. I catch up with Head Chef Murray Wilson later in the blog to hear the results from the event.  

Finally, I visit the Kitchen Gardeners who entered their delicious herbs into the Harrogate Flower Show Awards; I’ll let you know the results later!

So, first up were the Yorkshire Life Food and Drinks Awards which took place at Rudding Park on Monday 25 September. The awards, which this year celebrated its 24th anniversary, showcase the good and the great from the regions food and drink industry – including local producers, suppliers, chefs, hoteliers and pubs.

I had great fun and sat on a fantastic table – it was a pleasure to be asked to attend by Esther, editor of Yorkshire Life.

Steph Moon at the awards
Over 150 highly esteemed guests gathered to celebrate what is undoubtedly one of the biggest events in the regions calendar; pressure was on in the conference and banqueting kitchen, but things were in safe hands with Rudding Park development Chef, Matty in charge.

Matthew in the kitchen preparing food
Yorkshire’s Food and drink elite enjoyed a starter of beautiful light fish cake with watercress jelly wrapped mousse and smoked trout flakes. Here’s Rory serving the starter – a service with a smile!

Rory the waiter serving the starter
Next up was the main; Matty and the team pulled out all the stops with tender Yorkshire lamb, we all agreed this was a lovely dish and not too heavy for lunch.

Lamb, carrots, peas and potato
Pudding was a stunning showstopper and allowed Head Pastry Chef, Deon, along with Emma, to show off their creative skills. They created an ode to blueberries that really showed off the versatility of this stunning fruit.

Blueberry desserts
Whilst the food was fantastic, the highlight of the day was the awards ceremony. Rudding Park was the proud recipient of ‘Hotel of the Year’, it was a real thrill to see Nicola, our Head of Marketing, pick up the award. Congratulations team!


It was an extremely sociable event and it was fantastic to celebrate with other winners on the day… 


Pub of the year was the Alice Hawthorn, I had a chance to chat to the team after the award – which resulted in this selfie!


Skosh in York was awarded Restaurant of the Year. I’m delighted for these guys and a former student I taught, Sam Willis, is now their sous chef (he is the one with the beard whilst Head Chef Neil is far left).

Oak smoked Rapeseed Oil from Yorkshire Rapeseed won Best Yorkshire Product, whilst Tommy Banks took the title of Chef of the Year – I am delighted that he won this prestigious award.

Overall it was a fantastic event. Big thanks go Mark and Chris at Rudding Park who guided the staff and provided a slick service, the chefs and staff behind the scenes, and also Esther and the Yorkshire Life team. I’m already looking forward to next year’s awards.

Later in the evening, in London, Murray, Alex and the team at Horto were awarded Three AA Rosettes – a real testament to Murray’s cooking ability. This award ceremony is one of the industry’s most prestigious events celebrating high standards in hospitality.

This is a first in Harrogate and a first at Rudding Park, the chef did good, we are all thrilled! Here’s Murray proudly showing off his award plate…

Murray holding his award
Last but by no means least; the final award was won by our Kitchen Gardeners, Adrian and Liz, for their culinary herbs at the Harrogate Flower Show.

The herbs looked stunning, as they always do, and received first place. If you haven’t already done so, visit the Kitchen Garden!


Adrian and Liz had at work in the Kitchen Garden

The glass pot of herbs sat in a myriad of other herb collections; however the variety really stood out. I was delighted for the team!

These are the delicious herbs that earned first place…



Right, I’m off to see the Kitchen Gardeners for my demo tomorrow (no wellies required) – fresh herbs, vegetables, fruits and salads still up there and don’t get me started on edible flowers….

See you soon

Steph x