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Adam’s Star Continues To Rise

Adam’s Star Continues To Rise

Adam Pawlowski MS - Imbibe Awards

Having succeeded in achieving Master Sommelier status last year, our Head Sommelier Adam Pawlowski’s star has continued to rise. 

Adam recently won the ‘Hot Stuff’ category at the Imbibe Personality of The Year Awards 2015, organised by Imbibe Magazine – the UK’s leading publication for drinks professionals. In a dead-heat, both Adam and Jo Radford of Edinburgh’s Timberyard were awarded within the same category for their individual contributions to the UK’s diverse food and drink scene.

Part of the judging line-up on the night, Corin Ireland of Simpsons in Birmingham commented: “Adam has achieved great things… his story shows someone on the up with a lot more to come”.

In the latest issue of the magazine, Imbibe writes: “With his infectious energy and in-depth knowledge, Adam Pawlowski’s star has been steadily rising, culminating in the passing of the coveted Master Sommelier qualification late last year. An exemplary professional, yet down to earth and generous with his time, Pawlowski’s reputation has grown far and wide beyond Northcote where, as part of Craig Bancroft’s team, he has played an integral part in constantly evolving and innovating the drinks offer at both the Manor and its roster of quality pubs”.

The magazine continues, “An inspiration for the next generation of both up-and-coming sommeliers and others in the wine business, showing what can be achieved by a combination of hard work, dedication and passion.

Adam was also recently featured as Riedel’s ‘Sommelier Of The Month’ at the start of the year. In an interview with the glass manufacturer, Adam talked about his beginnings in the wine industry when he first moved to the UK and shared some lesser-known stories about his international wine trips and customer experiences. 

Adam is one of only 220 people in the world to receive the title of Master Sommelier and is the only Polish-born member of the Court of Master Sommeliers. 

What’s the next career goal for Adam? Hopefully winning the Möet UK Sommelier Of The Year award, of which he was a semi-finalist for in both 2011 and 2014. The prestigious accolade has been won by sommeliers based in London and the south east for the past five years – including fellow Master Sommeliers Katherine Larsen (2014), Yohann Jousselin (2011) and Christophe Delalonde (2010) – and Adam is determined to bring the title to Northcote and the beautiful north west.

Posted: 04.03.15
Utterly Obsessed

Utterly Obsessed

Obsession 15 Wraps up for Another Year at Northcote in what has been Described as 'The Epicentre of World Gastronomy'

No less than 25 guest chefs with a combined total of 27 Michelin stars have passed through the kitchen at Michelin-starred restaurant and country-house hotel Northcote in the last 15 days. It’s safe to say that Obsession 15 – the highly-anticipated anniversary edition of its annual gourmet extravaganza – has surpassed all expectations and proved a huge success not just locally but on a truly global platform. 

Managing Director/Chef Patron Nigel Haworth, Managing Director/Director Of Wines Craig Bancroft and Head Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen, along with the rest of the award-winning restaurant team, have worked tirelessly across the 15-day series to serve showstopping dinners to no less than 1,500 guests in the restaurant and in the Louis Roederer Private Dining Rooms. 

Nigel said: “This year’s Obsession was a real team event and goes to show that if you really work hard at something anything is possible! Just look at all the star chefs we have welcomed this year from each corner of the world – it has been quite a mind-blowing experience for us all. One of our proudest achievements this year has been the experience of working with all of these chefs and their wildly varying cuisines – it has been like a university for our chefs with a conveyor belt of talent passing through! I believe the visiting chefs have left sharing the incredible spirit of the place and the fantastic hospitality of the Northcote team. I am very proud and thankful to them all.” 

Chefs to have joined Nigel in the kitchen during Obsession 15 have included the best of British such as Shaun Rankin, Kenny Atkinson, Glynn Purnell, Angela Hartnett, Ken Hom OBE and the Galvin brothers as well as a raft of international talent such as three-starred chefs Klaus Erfort, Jacob Jan Boerma and Enrico and Roberto Cerea, amongst others. 

Craig said: “Obsession 15 has been a totally absorbing event for all involved. To have hosted such an amazing gathering of culinary talent is a testament to the respect and high esteem in which Nigel is held. It was truly a delight to be able to entertain 15 overseas chefs this year alone, visiting us from 10 different countries and without the amazing support of Pure Luxury Travel this would not have been possible. No doubt all chefs have left Northcote with a feeling of pride in what they achieved on their night and a lasting impression of true northern hospitality. As for our staff, we cannot thank them enough for their drive, focus and determination. Obsession 15 has launched the new Relais & Châteaux Northcote on an international platform and we thank every single person for making it happen.” 

Obsession 15 raised a total of £40,000 for this year’s chosen charities – Springboard, Prince’s Trust and Hospitality Action – through a series of silent auctions that offered exclusive, one-of-a-kind prizes. 

FUN FACTS & FIGURES: Since its inception in 2001, Obsession has hosted 100 chefs from 14 different countries, served 67,000 dishes and 40,200 canapés, poured 67,000 wine glasses and paired 938 wines, and served 13,400 covers across 134 evenings.  

Obsession Collage

Posted: 10.02.15
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