Nigel Haworth is Chef Ambassador for the Northcote. The Northcote is a a luxury, independent country house hotel in the Ribble Valley and winner of the AA & Visit England Hotel of the Year 2016/17. Nigel has worked for the Northcote, previously as their Chef Patron, for over 30 years and has helped the hotel achieve and retain a Michelin Star for the last 20 years. One of the north west’s most celebrated chefs, Nigel has appeared on The Great British Menu, Yes Chef, Masterchef and Sunday Brunch amongst many others.
What made you want to be a judge this year?
I have been a judge of many competitions and awards throughout my career including the Great British Menu, hospitality competitions, school and college competitions but I’ve never been involved an awards dedicating to style and design so I though it would be great to be involved this year – and I’m really looking forward to it!
What do you think will set an entry apart from the rest?
I’m hoping to see something unique – where the quality of the decor will shine through.
What are you looking for in your winners?
I am looking for quality, originality and a strong work ethic that shows a team at the top of their game.
What do you think will be some key design trends over the next 12 months?
I think the obvious one, in the food sector, is the interest in plant-based food across mainstream cooking. This undoubtedly influences the style and design of a venue. In design, kitchens are going for a more Scandinavian-type feel, with a big increase of wood being used.
Is there anything you think is becoming less stylish and sought after in the world of hospitality?
Style is highly personal so something that is stylish to one may be less so to another. I think the key to great style is to ensure it is kept simple – and it must be immaculate in the concept, design, feel and authenticity.
What do you personally look for when choosing a venue?
The first thing I look for is a welcoming atmosphere. It’s got to make you feel comfortable and that applies to everything from the decor to the staff. It starts from engaging staff to the facilities, to the level of service and execution. Next, I definitely look for a venue that will offer me value for money.
To enter your venue in the 2018 Vision Style Awards or to find out more about the prizes and entry requirements, be sure to visit the Vision Style Awards webpage here. Alternatively, why not read our definitive guide on hospitality interiors, our Vision Style Guide here, and your very own venue could be featured next year.