James Martin, chef and presenter of Saturday Kitchen, has been recognised with the Special Award at the 2013 Craft Guild of Chefs Awards.

The celebrity chef was among the winners at the awards, which were announced at a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, with Royal Patron HRH Countess of Wessex presenting the awards.

Other winners included an outstanding chef at West Bromwich Albion FC and a star in the making at The Ivy Restaurant. Meanwhile, the Restaurant Chef Award went to Pascal Aussignac of Gascon Connection and Peruvian restaurant Lima was named New Restaurant of the Year.

Craft Guild of Chefs vice-president and awards organiser Steve Munkley said: “I can’t stress enough the sheer quality of this year’s entrants, and it is wonderful to see such greatness in the industry as the awards celebrate their 20th anniversary.”

Martin was recognised for the impression he has made on the industry and with consumers during his 20 year career as a chef, businessman, author of nine books, and TV presenter on Saturday Kitchen.

The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2013 winners are:

Apprentice Chef Award - Ruth Hansom, Boundary Restaurant

Armed Services Chef Award - Cpl Alun Davies, Catering Team RAF Squadron

Banqueting & Event Chef Award - Michael Bullard, West Bromwich Albion FC

Chef Lecturer Award - Patricia Paskins, University of West London

Competition Chef Award - Javier Mercado, Le Cordon Bleu

Contract Catering Chef Award - Darren Thompson, Sodexo

Cost Sector Chef Award - Rob Bean, University of Leicester

Development Chef Award - Andy Twells, Eurest Instore

Ethnic Chef Award – Giorgio Locatelli, Locanda Locatelli

New Restaurant of the Year Award - Lima

Pastry Chef Award - Andrew Ditchfield, House of Commons

People’s Choice Award - Simon Boyle, Brigade/Beyond Food Foundation

Pub Restaurant Chef Award - Stosie Madi, Parkers Arms

Restaurant Chef Award - Pascal Aussignac, Gascon Connection

Special Award – James Martin, The Talbot Hotel

Young Chef Award - April Partridge, The Ivy Restaurant

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