A dozen Taste of UIster members have been shortlisted in this year’s Food and Wine Awards.

OX Belfast is in most categories. It is shortlisted in the Ulster list for Best Restaurant, Best Chef (Stephen Toman), Best for Wine Lovers, Best Sommelier (Alain Kerloc’h) and Best Pastry Chef (Nicole Crow).

Balloo House in Newtownards is up for awards in the Best Restaurant and Best Chef (Danni Barry) in Ulster and Balloo Inns Group is in for the National Award of Best Place to Work.

The Catalina at Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen is down for Best Restaurant in Ulster, Best Chef (Noel McMeel) and nationally in the Best Hotel Restaurant category. Taylor & Clay at Bullitt Hotel, Belfast is also in the Best Hotel Restaurant Category.

Deane’s EIPIC in Howard Street is on the list for Best Restaurant and Best Chef (Alex Greene) as are James St South Belfast for Best Restaurant and Best Chef (Niall McKenna)

Also on the shortlist for Best Restaurant in Ulster are the Muddlers Club, Belfast; Noble, Holywood and Wine & Brine in Moira. Chris McGowan, last year’s winner of Ulster’s Best Chef is up for the same award again this year.

Salty Dog, Bangor, Co. Down is in for Best Pub Food and Adam Stockman from The Ivory Champagne Bar in Belfast could win Host of the Year.