Judging Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards
To select the finalists and the winners of the Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards there are three stages.
1) The public nominate their favourite food and drink businesses for one or more of the Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards. (A business may encourage their customers to nominate them but any establishment found offering incentives or competitions to nominate their business for an award will be disqualified.)
2) The team at Destination Chesterfield scores each nominated business by looking at the number of votes received from the public, Trip Advisor, Facebook and Google ratings and comments, the company’s website and social media activity, any awards they have achieved and their food hygiene rating (which must be 3 or higher). Three finalists are shortlisted in each category based on the three highest scores.
3) All finalists are visited by two independent mystery shoppers who score the establishments based on their experience on the day. An average is taken from the two scores to find a winner in each category.
There are multiple stages to assess the many aspects of the businesses and to try and ensure an independent approach in selecting the winners. No judges or members of the Destination Chesterfield team are involved in more than one part of this process. The aim is to recognise those food and drink businesses that are not only popular with the public and offer excellent customer service but also have a robust plan for their business now and into the future.
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