23rd March 2010

Nominate your favourite Shropshire Restaurant

<p>Nominate your favourite Shropshire Restaurant</p>

Shropshire Tourism is encouraging people to nominate their favourite Shropshire restaurant for ‘Ramsay’s Best Restaurant’, a new Channel 4 series dedicated to celebrating the finest restaurants in the UK.

Restaurants nominated by the public will be tested to the highest level by Michelin starred chef Gordon Ramsay and the series will culminate in one culinary hero being crowned ‘Ramsay’s Best Restaurant’.

Gordon’s journey will see him travel the length and the breadth of Britain in search of brilliant restaurants that deliver ‘gastronomic perfection’ and ‘wonderful customer service’. He’ll seek out culinary heroes working in the kitchens and front of house at independent restaurants across the UK whose brilliance deserves to be recognised.

Each of the eight heats will focus on a different type of cuisine including Italian, French, Indian and British categories and this year there’s a new category – Fine Dining. The pressure will truly be on as the competitors could face anything in their heat, in the super tough semi-finals and in the head-to-head cook-off that is the series final. The series will follow the highs and lows of the passionate chefs, restaurateurs and of Gordon himself as he tries to find his worthy champion.

Claire Jones, from Shropshire Tourism said, “Restaurants can only take part in the competition if they’ve been nominated, so we would like to encourage people in Shropshire to visit www.bestnominate.com and support their favourite restaurant. There are some fantastic restaurants throughout Shropshire and it would be great to beat off national competition with some home-grown Shropshire talent. If you'd like to help your choice progress more quickly to the next stage you can also ask them to sign and return the "Take Part" letter which can also be found at www.bestnominate.com

Anyone who nominates at least three different restaurants will be in with a chance of actually visiting some of the best restaurants in the competition with Gordon Ramsay himself. At the end of the nomination period (which will be announced on www.bestnominate.com) all of the restaurants nominated will be assessed according to the Judging Criteria. Restaurants must serve high quality food, provide great service, be run by people who are passionate about food, who deliver above and beyond expectations, who exhibit pride and passion for their craft and profession and who can fully communicate their thoughts and ideas and their cooking style confidently and with flair.

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