Leeds restaurant run by Masterchef star named best fine dining restaurant in England

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Masterchef runner-up Jonathan ‘Jono’ Hawthorne’s Leeds restaurant has been voted the best in England.

Chef Jono at V&V New Briggate, bailed Gourmet restaurant of the year at the Food Awards England 2022, this week. Jono, who trained in the best restaurants in Denmark and Australia, and the famous restaurant in Ilkley Boxwoodreached the finals of Masterchef: The Professionals in 2020 despite not winning.

After Masterchef, the Yorkshireman re-opened Vice and Virtue under his own name, serving inventive international fusion dishes including octopus with lychee, peanut and coriander. The restaurant expresses its joy at yesterday’s victory.

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V&V chef Jono posted on his Facebook: “Drove it home to Leeds last night. Thank you to everyone who supported us, our guests, our supporters and of course, our team.

“We are truly humbled and proud of all that we have achieved. Congratulations to all of the winners last night.”

According to the Food Awards themselves, the awards “recognize the success of local professionals and establishments that continue to deliver great flavors and experiences to their customers.”

The other Yorkshire winners were:

  • Best North Indian Restaurant: Kiplings Restaurant (Halifax)
  • Winner of Best Indian Restaurant: Kiplings Restaurant (Halifax)
  • Yorkshire Café/Bistro of the Year: Philomena Foggs (Holmfirth)
  • Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year: The Box Tree Restaurant (Ilkley)
  • Best Northern Mexican Establishment: Amigos Mexican Kitchen (Sheffield)
  • Best Seafood Place in the North: The Magpie Cafe (Whitby)
  • World’s Best Food North: Persian Cottage (Middlesbrough)
  • Overall winner of Best Food in the World: Persian Cottage (Middlesbrough)

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