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NRB Top 50 hospitality power list for 2016 revealed

By Sophie Witts , 16-Mar-2016
Last updated on 16-Mar-2016 at 17:15 GMT2016-03-16T17:15:02Z

NRB Top 50 hospitality power list for 2016 revealed

Thai Leisure Group  and chefs Michael O’Hare and Gary Usher are among those featured on the Northern Restaurant & Bar show’s Top 50 operators for 2016.

The list - which recognises the North’s ‘most significant and influential’ figures in hospitality – was unveiled at a ceremony in Manchester this afternoon (16 March).

Several industry figures were also presented with special achievement awards. 

Michael O’Hare was chosen after winning Leeds’s first Michelin-star for his restaurant the Man Behind the Curtain in 2015. 

Mohammed Aslam – owner of Aagrah restaurants - was recognised for building a 14-strong restaurant group across the North and founding the South Asian Chef Competition.

The five-strong Mission Mars team were selected after their new bar and restaurant Albert’s Schloss in Manchester achieved a record financial performance.

Thom Hetherington, CEO of event organisers Holden Media, said: “There has been an influx of national brands to the North in the last year but if anything that seems to behave spurred the region’s operators onto ever higher levels.

“Restaurants and bars created right here in the North are redefining what can be achieved in the local food and drink scene, both creatively and commercially, it is quite simply the best time ever to be a Northern foodie.”

The NRB Top Fifty 2016 in full:

Martin Ainscough, Owner, Ainscoughs

Mark Andrew, Managing Director, Mark Andrew Developments

Sax, Arshad, Director, Mughli
Haz Arshad, Director, Mughli

Paul Askew, Chef Patron, The Art School

Mohammed Aslam MBE, Owner, Aagrah Group

Tim Bacon, Chairman, Living Ventures
Paul Moran, Managing Director, Living Ventures
Jeremy Roberts, CEO, Living Ventures

Craig Bancroft, Managing Director, Northcote
Nigel Haworth, Chef Patron, Northcote

Ken Buckley, Managing Director, Bravo Inns

Marie Carter, Director, Beautiful Drinks
Beau Myers, Director, Beautiful Drinks

Sue Crimes, MD, Gusto

Morgan Davies, Founder / CEO, Barburrito

Jimmy del Giudice, Operations Director, Revolution Bars Group plc
Mark McQuater, CEO, Revolution Bars Group plc

Carlo Distefano, Chairman, San Carlo Group
Marcello Distefano, Managing Director, San Carlo Group

James Douglas, Co Owner / Director, Reds True BBQ
Scott Munro, Co Owner / Director, Reds True BBQ

Roy Ellis, Director, Mission Mars
Neil Macleod, Director, Mission Mars
Dan Mullen, Director, Mission Mars
Joel Wilkinson, Director, Mission Mars
Adelaide Winter, Director, Mission Mars

John, Ennis, Owner, Graffitti Spirit
Matthew, Farrell, Owner, Graffitti Spirit
Nick, Thomas, Owner, Graffitti Spirit

Ged Feltham, CEO, Leelex
Paul Lane, Managing Director, Leelex

Jobe Ferguson, Director, Blackdog Ballroom
Lyndon Higginson, Director, Blackdog Ballroom
Ross Mackenzie, Director, Blackdog Ballroom

Duncan Fisher, Owner, Apartment Group

Kit Graves, Director, Lake District Hotels
Charles Graves, Director, Lake District Hotels
Dan, Hope, Sales & Marketing Director, Lake District Hotels

Chri, Hill, Managing Director, New World Trading Company

Chris Hopkins, MD, Hydes Brewery

Matthew Jones, Managing Director, Jones Bar Group
Ben Jones, Operations & Finance Director, Jones Bar Group

Kim Kaewkraikhot, Chairwoman, Thai Leisure Group
Martin Stead, Owner, Thai Leisure Group

Peter Kinsella, Founder, Lunya
Elaine Kinsella, Founder, Lunya

Terry Laybourne, Owner, 21 Hospitality Group

William Lees Jones, Managing Director, JW Lees

James MacKenzie, Chief Proprietor, Pipe and Glass

Mike Magrane, General Manager, The Midland Hotel

Colin Manning, Managing Partner, 60 Hope St
Gary Manning, Chef Patron, 60 Hope St

Tomas, Maunier, Director, Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill
Robert Melman, Director, Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill

Stephen, Miles, General Manager, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Dave Mooney, Co Owner & Chef Patron, New Moon Co
Paul Newman, Managing Director, New Moon Co

Lucy Nelson, Sales & Marketing Director, Nelson Hotels
Andrew Nelson, Operations Director, Nelson Hotels

Joycelyn Neve, Managing Director, Seafood Pub Company

Michael O'Hare, Chef-Patron, The Man Behind the Curtain

Eamonn O'Loughlin, Owner, Eclectic Hotels

Si Ord, Owner, Sandinista

Andrew Pern, Owner / Executive Chef, The Star at Harome/Star Inn The City

Steve Pilling, Co Owner, Damson Group
Simon Stanley, Co Owner, Damson Group

Jonathan Poole, Director, Red and Blue
Paddy Smith, Director, Red and Blue

Oliver, Robinson, Managing Director, Frederic Robinson

Simon Rogan, Co Owner, Umbel Restaurant Group

Richard Smith, Chef Patron, Relax, Eat & Drink/ Brewkitchen

Franco Sotgiu, Co-Owner, Solita

Chris Ure, Owner, Arc Inspirations
Martin Wolstencroft, Managing Director / Owner, Arc Inspirations

Gary Usher, Owner, Sticky Walnut

Steven Walker, CEO, Individual Restaurants

Roger Ward, Owner, The Victorian Chophouse Company

Marc Wilkinson, Chef Patron, Restaurant Fraiche