Yorkshire chef Tim Bilton, of The Spiced Pear at Hepworth, has been listed as one of the North’s most successful hospitality operators.

Tim, chef/owner of The Spiced Pear Restaurant and Tearoom, has been included in the Northern Restaurant and Bar Awards Top 50 power-list of influential people, which is selected from recommendations and significant research by the event organisers. He will automatically be put through to compete for one of the three coveted ‘Outstanding Achievement Awards’.

To be considered for the ‘NRB Top 50’, individuals have to demonstrate they have had a significant positive impact on their company’s and on the wider Northern hospitality industry, innovating and excelling in their area of expertise with sustained commercial or critical success. “Tim stood out to the judging panel as a passionate cheerleader for the North and as someone who has racked up the awards and accolades along the way, first at The Butcher’s Arms and more recently at the innovative Spiced Pear” said Thom Hetherington, Managing Director, Northern Restaurant and Bar.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to be listed among some of the North of England’s best chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers and caterers,” said Tim, who is now listed beside big hitters such as chef Andrew Pern, Stephen Miles at the Radisson Blu Hotels and chef Nigel Haworth at Northcote Manor. “It’s a great honour to be considered equal to such talented individuals and to be recognised for bringing something worthwhile to the northern dining scene.

“It’s especially meaningful for us as we only opened The Spiced Pear last May and have come such a long way in such a short time. As always, I could not have got to this position without my talented team behind me and the continued support of my loyal suppliers and customers.”

Tim will attend a reception for the NRB Top 50 Awards at the Northern Restaurant & Bar Show at Manchester Central on March 18 ““ where the winners of the three outstanding achievement awards for 2014 will be announced.