Readers voting in support of their Food Champions

Restaurateur Niall McKenna (left), owner and head chef of James Street Group, at the launch the Irish News Food Champions awards, along with Aaron McNeice (head chef at Hadski’s). Picture: Hugh Russell

WITH new restrictions set to further impact on the north's hospitality sector, thousands of restaurants and eateries continue to adapt to the new reality.

And the innovative they have shown in creating solutions to ensure the public can still enjoy gastronomic experiences despite the ongoing restrictions will be recognised in Irish News Food Champions readers' poll, being held in partnership with Food NI and Henderson Foodservice, BD Foods & Foodco.

Votes have been flooding in for the initiative, and every reader who votes between now and the closing date of December 6 (go to for more details) will also be in with a chance of winning a meal on us from your favourite restaurant.

Under the latest Stormont guidance, from Friday November 27 restaurants, cafes pubs, and bars can only offer takeaway, drive-through or delivery, and all takeaway businesses must close by 11pm.

We are inviting readers to tell us how your favourite food outlets have gone out of their way during these unprecedented times to ensure you have still been able to avail of an outstanding culinary experience.

Irish News marketing manager John Brolly said: “Now, more than ever, we need the public to show their support for the creativity and tenacity of the hospitality companies, which have faced immense challenges from the coronavirus pandemic and resultant lockdowns.

“That uncertainty continues for the industry, so any show of support will be of huge encouragement to everyone in this important sector.

“Our Food Champion Awards in partnership with Food NI and Henderson Foodservice is a great opportunity for us to acknowledge the outstanding enterprise of our world class hospitality sector.”

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