Liverpool region tourism stars receive their awards

JPL_1238CHEF Paul Askew of the Art School restaurant in Liverpool has been presented with a special award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to tourism.

At this year’s Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards, he received the accolade for his years of dedication to hospitality training and giving hundreds of young people their first opportunity to work in catering.

A fellow of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, he last year teamed-up with the City of Liverpool College to deliver the North’s first RACA Chefs Apprenticeships which are recognised as the gold standard for chef training in Europe.

Askew was among 18 businesses and individuals who received awards at the ceremony event held in St George’s Hall which was organised by Eventful  in conjunction with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and hosted by Claire Simmo and Jay Hynd.

Dinner for the 500 guests was provided by Roby Mill-based Carringtons Catering whose director Darren Wynn, a Master Chef of Great Britain, devised the menu.

It featured a starter of Mosaic of Salmon and Watercress, Charred Cucumber and Guacamole Mousse or Beetroot Goats Cheese Mousse, Orange Vinaigrette.

This was followed by a main of Roast Rump of Lamb, Rolled Shoulder and Roast Garlic, Pomme Duchesse and Crisp Lamb Bacon or Coulibiac of Vegetables with Red Pepper Sauce and a sweet of Dark Chocolate Torte, Chocolate Soil, Green Tea Jelly & Braised Cherries.

Sara Wilde McKeown, chair of the Liverpool City Region Visitor Economy Board, said: “Tonight has been a truly remarkable celebration of the city region’s thriving tourism sector.

“Each of the 18 categories were highly contested showcasing the incredible strength in depth that this region has to offer. Congratulations to all our winners as well as our shortlisted businesses and individuals.”

PICTURE: The Art School’s Paul Askew with Estate Director at Liverpool ONE, Chris Bliss, and hosts Jay Hynd and Claire Simmo

The full list of winners is:

Hotel of the Year sponsored by ComCab Liverpool

Ramada Plaza Southport

Guest Accommodation of the Year sponsored by Eventful Events UK

Mere Brook House

Serviced Apartment of the Year sponsored by Liverpool City Region LEP

Epic Liverpool

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year sponsored by Dutch Flower Shop

Liverpool Watersports Centre

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year sponsored by Wirral Chamber

Knowsley Safari

Taste Liverpool sponsored by NatWest


Small Tourism Event of the Year

The Alice Experience 2016

Large Tourism Event of the Year sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Liverpool Biennial

Tourism Experience of the Year sponsored by Wild Thang

The Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tours

Bar of the Year sponsored by Marketing Liverpool

The Club House

Excellence in Business Tourism sponsored by ACC

National Museums Liverpool

Entertainment Venue of the Year

Liverpool Empire Theatre

Independent Tourism Business of the Year

Mere Brook House

Best Newcomer to the Visitor Economy sponsored by Influential

Pullman Liverpool

People’s Choice sponsored by British Music Experience and Liverpool City Council

The Beatles Story

Tourism Star of the Year sponsored by Liverpool BID

Winner – Beatles Childhood Homes – Colin and Sylvia Hall

Highly Commended – Liverpool Cruise Terminal Cruise Ambassadors Team

Tourism Young Person of the Year

Winner – Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art – Jennifer Watts

One to Watch – Crowne Plaza John Lennon Airport Hotel – Michael Douglas

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism sponsored by Liverpool ONE

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