Thirty of the brightest prospects in the hospitality industry under the age of 30 are to be presented with an Acorn Award today.
The youthful high-achievers will be handed their awards, which are run in association with ACT Clean, at a celebration lunch held at the Four Seasons hotel Hampshire.
The winners represent every sector of the hospitality industry, including hotels (budget to five-star properties) and restaurants (both in groups and those with Michelin stars), as well as contract catering companies.
Each year the Acorn Awards recognise the flair and passion of 30 people under 30 in the hospitality industry. They are nominated by their peers for making an impression in their field.
The winners arrived at the Four Seasons hotel Hampshire on Sunday and, after welcome speeches from Mark Lewis, group editor of Caterer and Hotelkeeper, and Robert Beaugie, founder and owner of sponsor ACT Clean, set about tackling a team building boot camp. Led by Major Headache, the platoons took on a series of challenges that tested their determination, teamwork and tenacity.
After the afternoon’s activities, the Acorns relaxed in the hotel’s walled garden with a barbecue hosted by David Monson, director of food and beverage at the Four Seasons hotel Hampshire.
At today’s formal proceedings Ace hotel general Chris Penn will give an inspirational speech, sharing with the audience his experience of running top hotels and offering some advice to the aspiring leaders of the future.
ACT Clean founder and owner Robert Beaugie said: “We would like to extend our congratulations, not only to each and every winner, but also to those nominated. Each winner joins a very elite band of the highest achievers in our industry and should be very proud.”
The 2014 Acorn Award winners are:
Tim Axe, business development director, BaxterStorey
Catharine Barras, operations manager, BaxterStorey
Megan Caulkett, general manager, Levy Restaurants- Compass Group
Lloyd Cole, performance improvement manager, ISS
Edward Cooke, project manager, Wilson Vale
Michael Crow, human resources manager, The London Marriott Hotel Park Lane
Camille Dusolle, financial controller assistant, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Ben Dutson, chef, Sodexo Prestige Executive
Richard Ferrier, group strategy manager, Brasserie Bar Co
Samuel Gardner, account manager, Purple Cubed
Katy Green, operations manager, Premier Inn
Philip Hammond, designer florist, The Dorchester
Emma Langford, people manager, Lexington
Owain Llwyd Jones, general manager, The Fishes
Christian Masters, front of house manager, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Benjamin McEwen, sales executive, BaxterStorey
Mark McMahon, general manager, Village Urban Resorts
Rakhee Patel, people and talent lead, Dorchester Collection
Simon Porter, global commercial manager, Compass Group
Adam Reid, head chef, The French by Simon Rogan Midland Hotel
Alex Robertson, hotel operations manager, Lainston House Hotel
Kate Rose, business development manager, Be At One
Hanna Sherwood, sales manager, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Phil Sherwood, unit manager, SSP UK
Rebecca Stevens, operations manager, Whitbread – Premier Inn
Mark Surguy, hotel operations manager, South Lodge Hotel
Will Torrent, consultant pastry chef, Will Torrent
Nadia Ulusoy , head of club wembley restaurants , Delaware North companies UK
Jennifer Winstanley, training manager, Red Carnation Hotels
Matthew Worswick, chef patron, Warehouse Restaurant Southport