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Congratulations to The Black Bull

The Black Bull, Sedbergh, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is celebrating after winning two awards and a nomination for its Head Chef.

Head Chef at The Black Bull, Nina Matsunaga has made it through to the finals of the second annual Olive Chef Awards.

The awards first launched in 2018 and were designed to salute the UK’s unheralded chefs. These are chefs who have been quietly excelling in the background, and most you won’t recognise, but they’ve certainly been bringing culinary joy to the nation through the food they create.

They are now stepping out from behind the kitchens and into the limelight because thousands of people up and down the UK have been voting for their food heroes in the Olive Chef Awards.

Unlike most restaurant awards you’ll have encountered, these awards are all about the people rather than the places. They are about sharing the stories of hard-working chefs that have dedicated their lives to having a positive impact on the way we eat and what we eat.

Nina finds herself in the Innovator category, where the judges are looking for a chef who’s seriously doing something truly different from everyone else in this category.

Nina is up against some serious competition in the form of Gareth Ward from Ynyshir in Wales, Daniel McGeorge, from Rothay Manor, Ambleside, and Ramael Scully from Scully St. James’s in London.
Now all that remains is for the illustrious judges to visit each of the finalists to discover their unique story and impress. The winners will be announced once the panel reconvene to discuss each chef’s story later this month. We wish Nina the best of luck and hope she gets the recognition she deserves!

That’s not all for The Black Bull. The team has also received two prestigious awards from the AA recognising the quality of its hospitality and food.

The Black Bull now has four AA Gold Stars and its first AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence.

Co-owner of the gastropub with rooms, James Ratcliffe, said: “We’re absolutely delighted. September is proving to be a very special month for us, and these accolades are a marvellous celebration of what we do and what our team delivers day in day out.’’

“We’re busy celebrating our first AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence and have also achieved AA Four Star Gold Inn status, so we couldn’t be more delighted. It’s been a wonderful year for us, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our customers, suppliers and the whole team at the Black Bull, as everyone is a part of our success.”

The AA Hotel Services’ Hotel & Restaurant Inspector commented: “Service and hospitality were key strengths here with a professional yet engaging approach from everyone. All team members were friendly and made every effort to make guests feel welcome. Physically the property is impressive having undergone a full refurbishment in recent years. Food output was excellent, and dishes sampled meet the requirements for one AA Rosette to be awarded as a reflection of the cookery and quality produce used.

“This is a well-managed property with a skilled team who are clearly committed to delivering high standards. In terms of AA Quality Standards, The Black Bull Inn is rated as a 4 Gold Star Guest Accommodation with the Inn Designator.’’

A huge congratulations to everyone at The Black Bull, we hope the awards keep on coming in!

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