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Jamie Oliver Wins Award Before Opening London City Restaurant

Jamie Oliver
Chef Jamie Oliver, who won the food personality accolade in the Observer Food Monthly awards. The TV chef is about to open a restaurand in London's City financial district. Photographer: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

Jamie Oliver won the food personality prize last night in the Observer Food Monthly awards, a repeat of last year’s triumph for the TV chef who campaigns for better nutrition, particularly in school meals.

Oliver is scheduled to open Barbecoa, a meat restaurant, in the City financial district on Nov. 3. The venue, in the One New Change development, is a joint project with the American chef Adam Perry Lang. It will feature an in-house butchery. Oliver didn’t attend last night because he was in Yorkshire filming.

The Kitchin, chef Tom Kitchin’s Edinburgh eatery, was named best restaurant; Hawksmoor, in east London, took the Sunday lunch accolade; and Thali Cafe, Bristol, was top for cheap eats. Stevie Parle of Dock Kitchen was named young chef of the year. The best place to drink award went to 69 Colebrooke Row.

The awards, held this year at the Freemasons’ Hall, are among the main events on the calendar for chefs as well as food writers and producers. Some winners are picked by readers, others by a panel that includes writers Tom Parker Bowles and Jay Rayner and chefs Mark Hix and Thomasina Miers.

Sheila Dillon of “The Food Programme,” on Radio 4, won for outstanding achievement. The writer and broadcaster Prue Leith took the lifetime achievement award. Best newcomer was Sipsmith London distillery. Riverford Field Kitchen, in Buckfastleigh, Devon, was best ethical restaurant.

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are his own.)

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