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Chefs relish tasty awards

PUBLISHED: 15:21 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 10:03 12 August 2010

CHEFS are celebrating cooking up a storm after featuring in the top 100 restaurants in the country. Chapter One restaurant, in Farnborough Common, Locksbottom, and Gurkha s Inn, in Colomb Street, Greenwich, both made it onto toptable.com s annual list o

CHEFS are celebrating cooking up a storm after featuring in the top 100 restaurants in the country.

Chapter One restaurant, in Farnborough Common, Locksbottom, and Gurkha's Inn, in Colomb Street, Greenwich, both made it onto toptable.com's annual list of the best eateries in England.

The Top 100 Restaurant Awards' 10 categories are judged entirely on the ratings of the three million diners who booked and dined at one of the website's 5,000 restaurants during 2009.

Chapter One head chef Andrew McLeish, 38, said: "It's always nice to be recognised for whatever we do. We found out about the toptable rating on the same day we found out we had regained our Michelin star so all the good news came at once. Toptable is now quite a powerful media tool which a lot of people use."

Explaining why Chapter One deserved to feature on the list, Mr McLeish, who has worked there for 10 years, said: "We are very customer focused. Everything we do we consider from a customer's point of view and that seems to have paid off. We try to use as much local produce as possible. Farmers over the years have improved the quality of their stock instead of focusing on mass producing things - the condition of cattle for example has got better."

Chapter One was featured in the Best for Parties' category while Gurkha's Inn was listed in the Best for Value section.

Chief executive of toptable, Karen Hanton, said: "It's hugely important that so many winners are outside the capital and even beyond major metropolitan areas.

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