Observer Food Monthly Awards

Now in their 12th year, the Observer Food Monthly Awards reward the best in British food and drink. It’s the only awards where you’ll find a great butcher, market or deli alongside Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson.

This year’s ceremony took place at Freemasons’ Hall in October, with catering by Create. Guardian readers voted for their favourite restaurant, cheap eats, markets and more. The awards showcase local heroes nationwide, as well the biggest chefs and food personalities.

Niklas Ekstedt, Head Chef of Stokholm brasserie Restaurant Ekstedt, designed the menu, and was joined by the Create team on the night, helping him bring the dishes to life.

Guests were served canapés including hay-baked turbot, Swedish crispy bread, tarragon and rapeseeds; smoked reindeer heart tartar, Vendace roe, egg creme and rye bread and Chanterell, radish and parsley.

Bowl food followed; guests enjoyed Grilled langoustine from fjällbacka, smoked tomatoes and toasted almonds, Swedish west coast squid, juniper needles cream, broad beans and sea weed, Beef, roasted leek, potato and västerbotten cheese puré and horseradish, Sea buckthorn and carrot dip, raw fennel and blackened broccoli.

Sweet dishes included Hazelnut cake, cloudberry browned butter and yoghurt from Oviken, Lemon thyme bavaroise, raspberry, cardamom and wood sorrel and Masal chai tea cake.

Winners were selected by a Michelin-starred panel of judges, and announced in the October edition of Observer Food Monthly, and at the event.