World-renowned chef and restaurateur René Redzepi, respected hotelier Bea Tollman and Cornwall’s greatest hospitality ambassadors were among those honoured with a prestigious Catey award on Tuesday, 5 July.
Redzepi, credited with running one of the most influential restaurants of our time in the shape of Copenhagen’s two-Michelin-starred Noma, picked up the International Outstanding Achievement Award and in so doing joins a very select band of winners, including Nobu Matsuhisa and Daniel Boulud.
Tollman, who has led the Red Carnation Hotel Collection for the past 32 years and has created a legacy in 17 individually designed properties that make up one of the most admired hotel groups in the world, was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Meanwhile, the Special Award went to Jill Stein and Rick Stein who have built a global brand, as well as nine restaurants, four shops, 40 bedrooms, a pub and a cookery school over the past 41 years.
The winners of those three awards were among the 22 recipients of a Catey. The awards also saw Sam and Eddie Hart win Restaurateur of the Year – Independent, Longueville Manor, St Saviour, Jersey, which won Hotel of the Year – Independent, and three-Michelin-starred chef Clare Smyth, formerly of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, won the Chef Award.
The winners collected their awards before an audience of more than 1,200 of their peers at what is regarded as the Oscars of the hospitality industry.
“It was a real honour to be joined by such iconic chefs and operators such as Bea Tollman, someone who has been at the forefront of her trade for 32 years and who has achieved so much in her field,” said The Caterer editor Amanda Afiya.
“They were joined by the great and the good of the hospitality industry, who celebrated all of our winners on a special night for the industry. We offer them all our hearty congratulations.”
The Cateys were held at London’s Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel.
Accessibility Award, sponsored by Amadeus
Best Marketing Campaign, sponsored by Compass Group UK & Ireland
Best Use of Technology Award, sponsored by Sky
Best Employer Award, sponsored by Amadeus
Chef Award, sponsored by the Craft Guild of Chefs
Education and Training Award, sponsored Bidvest Foodservice
Foodservice Caterer Award, sponsored by Zenith Hygiene Group
Health and Nutrition Award, sponsored Charlton House
Hotel of the Year – Group, sponsored by Bunzl
Hotel of the Year – Independent, sponsored by Sky
Manager of the Year, sponsored by JJ Food Service
Menu of the Year, sponsored by Quorn
Newcomer Award, sponsored by ACT Clean
Pub and Bar Award, sponsored by Zenith Hygiene Group
Public Sector Award, sponsored by Premier Foods
Restaurateur of the Year – Independent, sponsored by Brakes
Restaurateur of the Year – Group, sponsored by Bunzl
Sustainable Business Award, sponsored by PepsiCo
Wine and Spirit Ambassador Award, sponsored by The Balvenie
International Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by Elior
Special Award, sponsored by Cartwheel Management Recruitment
Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by PSL – The Food Professionals