Dick Turpin was one of the big winners at tonight's Cateys, picking up the Lifetime Achievement award at the hospitality industry Oscars.
Long considered an unsung hero in hospitality, Turpin's career has spanned hotels, high-street restaurants, food service management, department stores, airports and railway stations. More recently he has been known, along with Peter Smale, as the founder of Turpin Smale Foodservice Consultancy, where the pair managed more than 350 assignments.
But what sets Turpin apart as an individual is how he has confidentially advised to many in the industry and to this day continues to influence the careers of hospitality workers from junior staff through to leaders of major companies.
Moreover, Turpin is deeply dedicated to charitable causes and now, semi-retired, continues to travel the country working for industry bodies such as Hospitality Action, the Ark Foundation and Ark for Business and the Savoy Educational Trust.
Commenting on winning the Lifetime Achievement Catey, Turpin said: "I feel thrilled and honoured to have been recognised in this way by the industry I love. I continue to enjoy my career within the hospitality industry, with the support of so many colleagues and friends."
More than 1,000 senior decision-makers were witness to the occasion at London's Grosvenor House, where two-Michelin-starred chef and double Great British Menu winner Tom Kerridge, chef-proprietor of the Hand & Flowers in Marlow, consulted on the evening's menu.
Guests also saw Arnold Fewell, managing director of AVF Marketing, pick up the Special Award for his ongoing work to further health in education and awareness of accessibility, while his company also won the Best Group Marketing Campaign Catey.
Elsewhere, Jason Atherton, chef-proprietor of the Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social in London, picked up the prestigious Chef Award, while his former mentor, Stephen Terry, chef-proprietor of the Hardwick in Abergavenny, was named Restaurateur of the Year - Independent.
Meanwhile, the French Laundry at Harrods pop-up restaurant, which saw world-famous US chef Thomas Keller set up camp at the Knightsbridge department store, won the Best Independent Marketing Campaign prize.
The Pub and Bar award went to Lee Cash and Hamish Stoddard from Peach Pubs, while the Hotel of the Year - Group Catey went to the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, which reopened last year following a £125m refurbishment.
Cateys 2012: Full list of winners
Best Group Marketing Campaign
AVF Marketing for the Local Authority Caterers Association
Best Independent Marketing Campaign
The French Laundry at Harrods
Best Use of Technology
Restaurateur of the Year - Group
Zeev Godik, founder and chief executive, Gaucho Group
Restaurateur of the Year - Independent
Stephen Terry, chef-proprietor, The Hardwick
Sustainable Business Award
Harper Adams University College
Education and Training Award
David Cochrane, chief executive, HIT Scotland
Manager of the Year
Justin Pinchbeck, hotel director, Lime Wood
Health and Nutrition Award
Menu of the Year
Pub and Bar Award
Lee Cash and Hamish Stoddard, Peach Pubs
Hotel of the Year - Group
Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
Hotel of the Year - IndependenGilpin Hotel & Lake House
Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, Polpo Restaurants
Public Sector Caterer Award
Andrew Jones, service development director, innovation and product, ISS Facility Services, Healthcare
Food Service Caterer Award
Ben Warner, founder, Benugo
Jason Atherton, chef proprietor, Pollen Street Social
Arnold Fewell, managing director of AVF Marketing
Lifetime Achievement Award
By Kerstin Kühn
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