Brookes Restaurant recognised in 2016 Observer Food Monthly Awards

Monday, 24 October 2016

Brookes Restaurant

Brookes Restaurant, part of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University, has taken runner-up position in the 2016 Observer Food Monthly Awards in the ‘cheap eats’ category.

Widely regarded as the UK food scene’s most sought after awards, this year’s winners included Jamie Oliver and Pierre Koffman. This is the second time Brookes Restaurant has received this accolade – a unique achievement for a hospitality school restaurant. 

It comes in recognition of dishes that utilise the freshest, best quality ingredients, prepared with care and imagination. Chef Leon Allen commented: “Winning runner-up status in the Observer Food Monthly Awards has been such a boost to the team. Ensuring our customers appreciate what we produce is our ultimate goal – and to get this sort of national recognition makes us all incredibly happy.”

There can be few restaurants that so regularly welcome such influential chefs, food writers and broadcasters – from Jeremy Lee, Raymond Blanc and José Pizarro, to Madhur Jaffrey, Claudia Roden and Sheila Dillon. This is a special environment – one of which we are incredibly proud.

Jonathan Warhurst, Operations Director, Brookes Restaurant

The achievement also reflects the dedication of students, whose time working in the restaurant gives them an insight into the management of a small business, as well as experience of delivering a product and service of consistently high quality.

Jonathan Warhurst, Brookes Restaurant’s Operations Director, reflected on Brookes Restaurant’s success: “Our team members are constantly seeking inspiration from the best restaurants and chefs in our sector. As part of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management they are constantly exposed to leading practitioners and thinkers from the world of gastronomy. 

“There can be few restaurants that so regularly welcome such influential chefs, food writers and broadcasters – from Jeremy Lee, Raymond Blanc and José Pizarro, to Madhur Jaffrey, Claudia Roden and Sheila Dillon. This is a special environment – one of which we are incredibly proud.”

In the same week that Brookes Restaurant received this good news, it also staged a dinner, hosted by Ken Hom, in honour of Jeremiah Tower, the legendary chef known as the ‘Father of the American Food Revolution’. As co-owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, and subsequently as founder of Stars Restaurant in San Francisco, Tower set new benchmarks for the US restaurant sector and helped secure California’s reputation as a world-class culinary destination.