Haworth was presented with the Special Award as part of a ceremony at the Westminster Park Plaza hotel recognising the top culinary talent across the UK.
The chef took over the kitchens at the four-star hotel in 1984 and has held a Michelin star at its restaurant since 1996.
He also runs five Ribble Valley Inns across the north west with his business partner Craig Bancroft, and launched the Northcote cookery school in 2014.
Vineet Bhatia London, the tasting menu-only Indian restaurant, won the New Restaurant Award, fighting off competition from Ben Chapman’s Kiln, Aquavit London and Gary Usher’s Burnt Truffle.
The People’s Choice Award was given to Harry Lomas MBE BEM, executive head chef at The Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire, after an online vote.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Apprentice Chef Award - Tom Hamblet, South Lodge Hotel
Armed Services Chef Award - Cpl Ian Mark, Royal Air Force
Banqueting and Event Chef Award - Karen Poynter, Chester Boyd
Chef Lecturer Award - Mathew Shropshall, UCB College of Food
Competition Chef Award - Simon Webb, Culinary Olympics
Contract Catering Chef Award - Glynn Lawrence, Sodexo Prestige
Development Chef Award - Glenn Evans, Las Iguanas
Ethnic Chef Award - Tong Chee Hwee, Hakkasan Group
Innovation Award - The Clink Charity
New Restaurant of the Year Award - Vineet Bhatia London
Pastry Chef Award - Emmanuel Bonneau, Hilton Worldwide
People’s Choice Award - Harry Lomas
Pub Chef Award - Gordon Stott, The Sun Inn
Public Sector Chef Award - Jamie Gibbs, ESS Government Services, Compass Group
Restaurant Chef Award - Daniel Smith, The Ingham Swan
Young Chef Award - Ben Garnett-Sinclair, Lusso
Special Award - Nigel Haworth, Northcote Manor
Honorary Award - Phil Hooper