Bartlett Mitchell executive chairman Wendy Bartlett and Brigade founder Simon Boyle were the big winners at the Foodservice Cateys 2018, held in partnership with Seafood Week, which took place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.
Recognised for her profile as an entrepreneur, role model, ambassador and determined operator, Bartlett received the Outstanding Contribution Award for her commitment to the industry and reputation for challenging the status quo.
Bartlett said: “Thank you very much, I’m never quite sure if these awards mean I’m getting old but I really appreciate it and thanks to my team because without them there’s no Bartlett Mitchell.”
Boyle scooped the Extra Mile award for founding Brigade restaurant in London, which is managed by BaxterStorey, a social enterprise that helps homeless adults break the cycle of poverty by delivering practical hospitality training.
It turned out to be a successful night for BaxterStorey, who also won the coveted accolade of Business and Industry Caterer of the Year, while Greg Bramwell was named Regional Manager of the Year. Its sister business Searcys at the Gherkin also won Front of House Team of the Year (public site).
Presenting the Outstanding Achievement Award to Wendy Bartlett, The Caterer deputy editor James Stagg told an audience of 550 guests: “Operators speak about Wendy as being someone who is totally trustworthy, hardworking and who constantly challenges the status quo.
“Wendy is an inspiration, not only to her own team, but also the wider industry who respect her for her honesty, integrity and, above all, sense of fun.”
Simon Boyle was recognised as someone who has stood out as being generous of spirit ever since volunteering in Sri Lanka following the devastating 2004 tsumani.
Stagg added: “Boyle is an award-winning chef, author and entrepreneur who has used food as a stimulus for social change and, by doing so, has transformed the lives of its beneficiaries.”
THE WINNERS IN FULL
Catering Manager of the Year, sponsored by Bunzl
Melanie Cooke, ISS Food Services
Healthy Eating Champion, sponsored by Seafood Week 2018
Amy Roberts, Holroyd Howe
Chef Manager of the Year, sponsored by Search Hospitality
Tony Mulgrew, Ravenscliffe High School, Halifax
Regional Manager of the Year, sponsored by Tchibo
Greg Bramwell, BaxterStorey
Front of House Team of the Year (Public Site), sponsored by Ch&Co Group
Searcys at the Gherkin
Front of House Team of the Year (Private Site) – sponsored by Admiral Group
Rapport Guest Services
HR Award, sponsored by Caterer
People Development Team, CH&Co
Supplier Excellence award, sponsored by Fresh Montgomery
Procurement Team of the Year, sponsored by JustIngredients
TUCO (The University Caterers Organisation)
Salesperson of the Year, sponsored by Wilcox Burchmore
Eddie Fairish, Aramark
Training Award, sponsored by Umbrella Recruitment
People & Development team, CH&Co
CSR Award, sponsored by Unilever
Cardiff County Council
Innovation Award, sponsored by Amadeus
Chef of the Year (public site), sponsored by Evolve Hospitality
Tom Parry, Jockey Club Catering
Chef of the Year (private site), sponsored by Staff Heroes
Adam Thomason, Restaurant Associates
Healthcare Caterer of the Year – sponsored by Premier Foods
St Monica Trust
Event Caterer of the Year, sponsored by Off to Work
Education Caterer of the Year, sponsored by Restaurant Design Associates
Retail and Leisure Caterer of the Year, sponsored by Britvic
Business and Industry Caterer of the Year, sponsored by Franke Coffee Systems
Extra Mile Award, sponsored by Bidfood
Simon Boyle, Beyond Food Foundation
Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Lucozade Ribena Suntory
Wendy Bartlett, Bartlett Mitchell
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