It is no coincidence that, as the UK catering and hospitality industry continues to flourish, the Caterer & Hotelkeeper annual awards (or Cateys, as they are better known) go from strength to strength.
Now in their 15th year, the Cateys attract more interest than ever. And it's a testament to the prestige of the awards that the quality of nominations in each category is sustained, or improved upon, year on year.
There are 16 categories this year, including Lifetime Achievement which, in the past, has been presented only every three years. It was last won in 1995 by Albert and Michel Roux.
The candidates in all the categories are judged by a team of experts drawn from the industry and chosen for their knowledge and experience. Many of the judges are past Catey winners, or they represent respected industry bodies such as the Automobile Association.
In most categories, background research on nominated candidates is carried out by consultants from Deloitte & Touche, who prepare detailed briefing notes for the judges. Their assistance is invaluable.
We are also grateful, of course, for the continued support of all our Catey sponsors. We could not run awards of this calibre without them.
So, like the industry as a whole, it is a bumper time for the Cateys. Long may it last - in both cases.
Caterer & Hotelkeeper