Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2017: The red carpet

Raymond Blanc arrives at the awards

Restaurant magazine rolled out the red carpet (sort of) for the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards last night (12 June). We caught some of the high-profile arrivals on their way in.

Isaac McHale and Greg Marchand

The Clove Club's Isaac McHale (L) poses with Greg Marchand (R), the man behind Covent Garden's Frenchie. Their restaurants placed 7th and 37th on the top 100 list repectively. 

Michael O'Hare and Luke Cockerill

Michael O'Hare (R) arrives with his protege Luke Cockerill (L), who took on his first head chef position at O'Hare's Manchester restaurant The Rabbit in the Moon earlier this year. The chef's Michelin-starred Leeds restaurant, The Man Behind the Curtain, came 45th in the list.  

Elizabeth Haigh

This year's Chef to Watch Elizabeth Haigh strikes a pose. Haigh helped put Pidgin on the Michelin map last year and has since founded the Kaizen House group, which will launch its first restaurant, Shibui, later this year.

Hispi and Sticky Walnut

Gary Usher arrives with his team, fresh from crowdfunding his upcoming Liverpool restaurant, Wreckfish. Two of the chef's restaurant featured on the top 100 list, Hispi at 54, and Sticky Walnut at 37.

Pierre Koffmann

Legendary chef Pierre Koffmann, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award last year, arrives at the event.

The Lake Road Kitchen

Chef James Cross arrives with his team from Cumbria's The Lake Road Kitchen. The restaurant was named the Sustainable Restaurant of the Year and also ranked 50th on the list. 

Mikael Jonsson

Swedish chef Mikael Jonsson is regular at the National Restaurant Awards and also on the World's 50 Best 100-51 list. His London restaurant Hedone came 10th this year.  

Noble Rot

Mark Andrew (second from left) launched wine magazine Noble Rot in 2013, before opening the London restaurant and bar of the same name in 2015. As well as winning Wine List of the Year, the restaurant was named the 36th best in the UK.

Bristol's finest

It was a Bristol invasion with Casamia's Peter Sanchez-Iglesias (L), Bulrush's George Livesey (M) and Josh Eggleton of The Pony & Trap (R) all making the list. The chef's put on a a strong showing for the south west throughout the night with their restaurants ranking 6th, 29th and 74th respectively.

Simon Hulstone and Michael Wignall 

Chefs Simon Hulstone and Michael Wignall flew the flag for Devon at the awards. Wignall's restaurant at the luxury Gidleigh Park hotel won five AA rosettes in January, and ranked 53rd in the UK last night. Hulstone's The Elephant in Torquay broke in to the top 30 this year, coming 24th.

To see the full top 100 list, click here.

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