Silverspoon 2018 Rules
1.1 The Silverspoon Gastronomy Awards (the Awards) are presented annually recognizing outstanding catering establishments (the Establishments) in Estonia.
1.2 The goal of the Awards is to acknowledge the quality of service in the food and beverage sector in Estonia and to act as a catalyst in raising the standards of excellence.
1.3 The Awards are presented by the MTÜ Gastronomy Society of Estonia (the “Society”), the not-for-profit association dedicated to promote the development of food and beverage sector and lifestyle establishments in Estonia.
1.4 The Awards are presented under the supervision of the Executive Committee of the Society (the Executive Committee). The Executive Committee will determine the policies and procedures of the Awards.
1.5 The Awards are presented for each category (the Category) as established by the Executive Committee.
1.6 These rules (the Rules), as approved by the Executive Committee, lay down the rules of the Awards for the year 2018.
2.Eligibility and Application
2.1 All dining and/or eatery Establishments with any of the following types of menu listed below and located in the Republic of Estonia are eligible to apply for the enrolment for the Awards, according to the category criteria outlined in point 2.8 herein:
2.2 Certain types of Establishments (e.g. fast-food establishments as defined by Executive Committee) may be excluded from the enrolment for the Awards by the decision of the Executive Committee
2.3 For the enrolment, the Establishment shall submit a due electronic or written application to the Society by April 30, 2018.
2.4 The Executive Committee establishes the standards of the application form, the deadlines for the applications.
2.5 By filling and submitting the application, the Establishment acknowledges and agrees to comply with the Rules.
2.6 The Category for each Establishment will be determined by the Executive Committee prior to the commencement of judging.
2.7 Establishments do not register for Side Categories. Side Categories in 2018 are Best Service, Best Chef, and Best Vegetarian Offering, and are awarded based on judging points. Silverspoon Media Awards will be given based on an independent committees votes.
2.8 Establishments may only register for 1 Main Category. The final decision on category placement is determined solely by the Executive Committee. The 2018 Main Categories, and the criteria for establishments to be placed in a specific category are as follows:
2.9 The Executive Committee may, at its own discretion, reject the application of an Establishment or, by a reasoned decision, terminate the enrolment of an Establishment. Without limiting the generality of the aforementioned, the Executive Committee may at any time reject the application of an Establishment, terminate the enrolment of an Establishment or cancel the Award of an Establishment, in case the Executive Committee becomes aware of the following:
3.1 The enrolled Establishments will be appraised by the judges (the Judges) appointed by the Executive Committee. Members of the Executive Committee may not act as the Judge. Sponsors may not act as Judges. Judges cannot have a direct or indirect involvement personally or through a company and the all judges have to sign a form stating that they are in no way involved with any of the establishments or the industry in any way which can steer their judgement.
3.2 The main criteria for appointing the Judges will be impartiality of the person towards all of the enrolled Establishments. The Executive Committee aims to appoint the Judges from different professions, provided that they share the purposes of the Society and are reasonably familiar to the culinary arts in general.
3.3 The number of the Judges shall be determined by the Executive Committee based on the number of Establishments enrolled for the Awards.
3.4 The Executive Committee may at any time remove the Judge or appoint additional Judges. In case the reason for the removal of the Judge was the partiality of the Judge to any of the Establishments voted by him/her or irregularities in the voting by the Judge, the Executive Committee may cancel all votes of the removed Judge and direct another Judge to appraise the Establishment. In all other cases, the votes of the removed Judge will remain valid.
4.1 The Judge will settle the invoice of the Establishment appraised by the Judge upon delivery of the voucher issued by the Society (the Voucher) at the end of the service by the Establishment.
4.2 The Voucher is valid only if it is inscribed by original signatures of two members of the Executive Committee. The sample Voucher and the sample signatures of the members of the Executive Committee will be presented to the Establishment by the Society in due course before the appraisal of the Establishment.
4.3 The Establishment shall be responsible for informing its staff about the Rules regarding the Vouchers. In case the member of the staff of the Establishment fails to accept the Voucher at the end of the service, the Executive Committee may terminate the enrolment of the Establishment.
4.4 An Establishment classified as Fine Dining is obliged to accept up to eight (8) Vouchers during the judging process. Each voucher is valid for one Judge and one meal. Specifically, a voucher is good for a complimentary three (3) course meal and one cocktail, or beer, or glass of wine from the Establishment. If the Establishment wishes they may offer a degustation menu for the Competition, but the Establishment must confirm this with the Executive Committee prior to the commencement of judging on April 30, 2018. The Voucher entitles each Judge to a non-alcoholic drink (juice, water, smoothie), as well as tea or coffee. All other alcohol and any extra food courses must be paid by the Judges.
4.5 An Establishment classified as either Casual, International, Family, Asian or Estonian is obliged to accept up to six (6) Vouchers during the judging process. Each voucher is valid for one Judge and one meal. Specifically, a voucher is good for a complimentary three (3) course meal and one cocktail, or beer, or glass of wine from the Establishment. The Voucher entitles each Judge to a non-alcoholic drink (juice, water, smoothie), as well as tea or coffee. All other alcohol and any extra food courses must be paid by the Judges.
4.6 An Establishment classified as either Gastropub/Brasserie or Café is obliged to accept up to six (6) Vouchers during the judging process. Each voucher is valid for one Judge and one meal. Specifically, a voucher is good for a complimentary two (2) course meal and one cocktail, or beer, or glass of wine from the Establishment. The two- course meal can be either Appetizer & Dessert, or Appetizer & Main Course, or Main Course & Dessert. The Voucher entitles each Judge to a non-alcoholic drink (juice, water, smoothie), as well as tea or coffee. All other alcohol and any extra food courses must be paid by the Judges.
4.7 An Establishment classified as Street Food is obliged to accept up to six (6) Vouchers during the judging process. Each voucher is valid for one Judge and one meal. Specifically, a voucher is good for a complimentary meal (1 main food item and any side dishes) and one cocktail, or beer, or glass of wine, or one non-alcoholic drink (juice, water, smoothie, coffee, tea) from the Establishment. All other alcohol and any extra food courses must be paid by the Judges.
4.8 Judges may bring guests to the Establishment during anonymous judging, but those guests must pay for their own meals and alcohol.
4.9 Each of the Vouchers will be considered as a settlement of the invoice of the Establishment for the service of the Judge. The Judges may not misuse the Vouchers and, among others, the use of the Vouchers will be subject to the limitations set out in these rules and potentially inscribed on the Voucher.
5.1 The Judges will fill in the ballot for each of the Establishments appraised by him/her according to the guidelines established by the Executive Committee. The Judges will submit the ballots to AS PricewaterhouseCoopers as soon as practicable but not later than the date prescribed by the Executive Committee.
5.2 The voting is secret.
5.3 The votes are counted by AS PricewaterhouseCoopers and the results will be submitted to the Executive Committee at the end of the judging period set by the Executive Committee.
5.4 After receiving the results of the votes, the Executive Committee will announce a minimum of three (3) and a maximum five (5) nominees for each of the Category.
5.5 The winner of the Category will be determined solely based on the votes, and announced at the 2018 Gala Event.
6. Announcement of the Winners, COOPERATION WITH SPONSORS, and use of logos
6.1 All results of the voting are final and are kept confidential until the presentation of the Awards at the gala dinner organized by the Society.
6.2 The winner of a Category will receive a prize as established by the Executive Committee.
6.3 The Society aims to promote the Award winners through interaction with the tourism and media sectors so that the Awards can be used as a generally recognised sign of excellence within the food and beverage sector in Estonia. The winners may use the logo(s) of the Awards only in direct relation with the service or promotion of the winner, provided that the logo(s) of the Awards (including but not limited to colours, words and other components) are not changed or supplemented and that these logo(s) are always used in conjunction with the year and Category of the winner.
6.4 Except for the use of the logo(s) by the winners as explicitly provided in the section 6.3 above, the Establishments, and owner of the Establishments, shall not be entitled to any right whatsoever in copyright, trademark or other intellectual property in relation to the Awards and/or logo(s) of the Awards.
6.5 The Society strongly encourages Silverspoon 2018 Finalists & Winners to cooperate with the competitions Marquee, Diamond, and Category Sponsors. As part of the 2018 Silverspoon Competition, sponsors hope to work closely with registered Establishments. In particular, the Society strongly encourages direct cross-marketing opportunities and between a Finalist’s/Winner’s Category Sponsor(s).
7.1 All complaints regarding the Awards shall be finally settled by the Executive Committee within two (2) weeks from the receipt of the complaint as well as the statements and other evidences as requested by the Executive Committee.
7.2 These Rules have been adopted by the Executive Committee on February 21, 2018 and may be replaced, amended or supplemented by the Executive Committee at any time.