Welcome to the Ox In A Box Food Awards 2023 and here is our Best Chef category, listed in alphabetical order. Support them by voting for your favourite! VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

The awards will be held on April 17 at the North Wall, sponsored by Goldstar Recruitment and Four Seasons Fruiterers and attended by Gary Jones of Le Manoir fame. READ ABOUT IT HERE

The Nut Tree’s Mike North winning Best Chef at last year’s Ox In A Box ceremony with host Raymond Blanc

There are 10 categories and we will be announcing one every day for the next 10 days. These include BEST NEWCOMER, BEST PUB/BAR, BEST CAFE, BEST RESTAURANT, BEST VEGGIE/VEGAN, BEST CHEF, BEST GASTROPUB, BEST EUROPEAN, BEST GLOBAL, BEST COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECT

The top three nominations from each category will be invited to the glittering ceremony where the winners will be announced, so get voting and pick your favourite. You can only vote once in each category so keep voting every day for all 10 categories! 

In alphabetical order, the nominations for Best Chef are: VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Adam Brown – Killingworth Castle – brought in from former sister pub The Ebrington Arms, his pedigree includes the Michelin starred likes of Gordon Ramsey’s Royal Hospital Road, Mallory Court in Warwick and Le Champignon Sauvage, and his food is beautifully seductive. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Adam at Killingworth Castle. pic by @her_dark_materials

Aimee Hunt – Five Little Pigs, Wallingford – Her food is so distinctive. She just reimagines flavours, dishes and trends and lets the ingredients speak for themselves. Like having a hot bath on a cold winters day. We are big fans. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Aimee Hunt

Andrew Carr – The Yurt at Nicholsons, North Aston – Gone is the quiche and coffee style food of yesteryear. Everything Andy touches from brunch to lunch, and the increasingly popular pop-up dinners, are exceptional. Real attention to detail. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Andrew Carr at The Yurt at Nicholsons

Andy Lewis – Sir Charles Napier – A breath of fresh air. Young, gifted and ambitious, his food is really memorable. The Sir Charles Napier is lucky to have him. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Andy Lewis

Georgia Gallacher- Table 13, Wheatley – Reinventing plant based fine dining with an imagination and inventiveness that’s off the scale. In terms of sheer audaciousness and ambition there are no limits. One to watch. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Table 13 wins Best Pop up, here with Clinton Pugh at the Ox In A Box Food Awards 2022

Martin Sherriff – Greyhound, Letcombe Regis – Martin’s food is fun, colourful and he goes the extra mile to ensure that his dishes are as stunning and adventurous as they are delicious. Neither are veggies/vegans patronised, but as well fed as their carnivorous friends. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Martin Sherriff

Johnny Parke – Back Lane Tavern, Woodstock – Rewrote the rule book to suit the kind of food he wants to cook. His fans travel for miles to try his innocent sounding sharing plate menu, but every item, ingredient and component really sings. Hard to fault. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Johnny Parke is head chef at The Back Lane Tavern

Jordan Allison – Spiced Roots, East Oxford – It’s easy to make generalisations about Caribbean food, but Jordan’s cooking is exquisite, fine tuned and artfully presented. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Jordan at Spiced Roots

Luke Rawicki – Feathers, Woodstock – a new face in Oxfordshire with an impressive CV and a lively imagination. His fine dining menus are refined and complex. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Luke Rawicki

Mark Chandler, White Hart, Fyfield – Continues to cook brilliantly at this much revered foodie Mecca of a pub in Oxfordshire, while making massive efforts to be as sustainable and local as possible, and growing his own produce on site. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Mark Chandler of White Hart Fyfield making pizza

Mike North – Nut Tree, Murcott. The Michelin star speaks for itself. The fact that Mike has managed to hold onto it since 2005 while continuing to wow his guests with his culinary prowess says it all. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Mike North

Paul Welburn – The Swan, Islip – The new young pretender. Paul’s star at 215 was achieved within months of his arrival. Now keen to reinstate his reputation at the newly opened Swan he is cooking his heart out and keen to impress. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Raymond Blanc and Paul Welburn at The Oxinabox Food Awards 2020 where Paul won Best Chef Picture by Ed Nix

Sam Bowser – Wild Rabbit, Kingham. Sam is steering a busy ship. Indeed, such is the reputation and popularity of his food that it’s hard to get a table. Standards are high and his consistency speaks volumes. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Exec head chef Sam Bowser

Samuel Squires – Crown, Faringdon – Another new kid on the beat, Samuel made an immediate impact when landing in the newly refurbed Crown in Faringdon. Ornate, luxurious and unashamedly fine dining, his food is beautiful to behold and a real treat. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be

Samuel Squires at The Old Crown in Faringdon

You can only vote once in each category so keep voting every day for all 10 categories! Voting ends at the end of March. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/khzej4be