Voting opens for inaugural Deliveroo Restaurant Awards

Voting opens today for Deliveroo’s first-ever Restaurant Awards, which will take place on October 17 in London.

Deliveroo’s Restaurant Awards are set to shake up the sometimes stale approach to industry awards, bringing in fun new categories for a generation of social-media eaters, who’ll be able to vote for the country’s most Instagrammable dish, amongst others.

The event will honour the very best of Britain’s restaurants. Waitress star and former Strictly Come Dancing finalist Ashley Roberts will be hosting the evening. The event aims to raise the profile of some of the UK’s best independent and multi-site restaurants along with more traditional takeaways.

Event host Ashley Roberts said, 'After making my West End debut in Waitress, where I sang about food every night, I developed a full-blown obsession with the UK's food scene. I couldn't be more excited to celebrate some of Britain's best culinary talent at Deliveroo's Restaurant Awards.'

Setting itself apart from traditional industry accolades, award nominees have been selected through a combination of Deliveroo data and industry expertise.

Now live, the awards voting site will give members of the public the opportunity to vote for their favourite picks from everything. Deliveroo has launched a new website with 19 categories that are up for a public vote and approximately 20 restaurants in each of the initial long lists but unlike other industry awards, Deliveroo is letting Britain’s foodies enter any restaurant they wish to put them in with a chance to pick up an award.

From honouring household names that are every-day favourites to celebrating the most Instagrammable dishes from around the country, the awards night will give a huge range of British talent a chance to shine.

Votes are now open to the public who will help whittle down nominations to just a handful of hopefuls on the evening. The big award of the night, The Restaurant Of The Year will be hand-selected by a panel of industry judges, including outspoken food critic Giles Coren and Will Shu, Deliveroo’s CEO.

Shu said, “Over the last 6 years Deliveroo has been fortunate enough to work with over 20,000 British takeaways and restaurants and The Deliveroo Restaurant Awards is just the latest way we’re helping to celebrate our amazing restaurant partners.”