One of Derby’s best-known restaurants helped itself to a slice of national glory when it beat off a host of competitors to scoop the title of Buffet Restaurant of the Year.
It is the second year running that COSMO Derby has won an award at the event, having picked up the Best Oriental Establishment overall last year.
The awards, which are in their fifth year and were handed out at the ceremony at the Mercure hotel in Manchester last night, celebrate professionals who work in the food industry right across the country.
They are voted for by customers and reward a wide range of establishments, from takeaways and cafes right up to gourmet pubs and a la carte restaurants, as well as food suppliers.
COSMO commercial director Kan Koo said: “The Food Awards England are special because they are voted for by members of the public, so to have been voted number one buffet restaurant in England is wonderful.
“We would like to say a big thank you to our customers and I personally would like to thank my staff for all their hard work throughout the year.
“Derby’s eating out scene has grown a lot since we opened our restaurant five years ago and there were quite a few other Derby establishments being nominated for awards last night, which is great news for the city and for local food-lovers.”
COSMO Derby is one of 19 COSMO restaurants across the UK and serves around 150 dishes from 10 countries, including China, Japan, Thailand and Brazil, for one set price.
Based in the former Gaumont Cinema, it can seat 350 diners and can serve as many as 1,000 people on a busy Saturday evening.
A spokesperson for the Food Awards England 2018 said: “We are delighted to have welcomed such great finalists and winners to the Food Awards England 2018.
“The awards celebrated everything related to food and provided a platform to thank those who have dedicated their whole career to providing us with great gastronomic delights as well as those who help us explore new flavours and world cuisines from Mexican to Oriental.
“We would like to congratulate the winners and finalists for their amazing achievements.”