What an extraordinary evening. There were tears, cheers and epic celebrations taking place at last night’s OXINABOX FOOD AWARDS 2023 at The North Wall.
The event totally sold out with 150 guests attending, including the 40 finalists, waiting to see who would win the fiercely fought over categories.
Over 30,000 of you voted this year, an unprecedented number which shows that how ever hard things are in the hospitality industry you are championing Oxfordshire’s top chefs, cafes, restaurants and pubs more than ever.
There were around 200 nominations in the initial stages which were then voted on by the public and whittled down to the four finalists in each of the 10 categories who attend the awards, read about them here, so making it to the final was a huge accomplishment.
Tensions were high as revered chef Gary Jones of Le Manoir fame and Masterchef’s India Fisher took to the stage alongside OXINABOX founder Katherine MacAlister to announce the winners after a lavish champagne reception.
Here are your winners:
BEST NEWCOMER 2023: The Plough, West Hanney
BEST VEGGIE/VEGAN: Table 13, Wheatley
BEST EUROPEAN: Las Chicas, Faringdon
BEST GLOBAL – Spiced Roots, Cowley Road
JUNIOR CHEF OF THE YEAR IN THE OXFORD GUILD OF CHEFS COMPETITION – Asia Michelis
BEST CAFE – Waste2Taste
BEST PUB – The Plough, West Hanney
BEST RESTAURANT – Cygnet at The Swan in Islip
BEST GASTROPUB: The White Hart, Fyfield
BEST COMMUNITY FOOD AWARD – Tap Social
BEST CHEF – Georgia Gallacher from Table 13
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Jeremy Mogford
And finally OVERALL WINNER 2023 – Back Lane Tavern –
The OXINABOX FOOD AWARDS 2023 were sponsored by Four Seasons Fruiterers. Goldstar Recruitment, Oxford Fine Dining and Oxford Wine Company, and raised money for the Burnt Chef Project charity to combat mental health issues in the hospitality industry.
We would like to thank all our sponsors for making this happen!
We are now off to lie down in a dark room for a bit! Till next year!