As Hospitality adapts to a new reality, who are our Food Champions?

The Irish News is asking the public to nominate their Food Champions in a special readers' poll being held in association with Food NI and Henderson Foodservice.

We are inviting you 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 a culinary experience.

Normally in this vital period in the run-up to Christmas, pubs, restaurants and coffee shops, which are the lifeblood of our cities, towns and villages, would be buzzing with customers enjoying local hospitality at its finest.

But instead, eateries are showcasing their creativity and tenacity by cooking made-to-order meals, packing them in boxes and delivering them to people’s doors.

"Outlets that have completely pivoted their businesses to keep going through the pandemic, and these awards will shine a well-deserved light on them," said Irish News marketing manager John Brolly.

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Launching the Food Champions awards are, from left, John Brolly (Irish News marketing manager), Aaron McNeice (head chef at Hadski’s), Cathal Geoghegan (managing director of Henderson Foodservice), Christine Cousins (Food NI), Mark Stewart-Maunder (Henderson Foodservice), restaurateur Niall McKenna (owner and head chef of James Street Group) and Gary McDonald (Irish News business editor) PICTURE: Hugh Russell