The Ritz executive chef John Williams and Bespoke Hotels co-founder Robin Sheppard were among the latest winners of the Foodservice Industry Order of Merit awards.
The awards were announced at the 2018 Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) conference earlier this month.
Recipients of the honour came from across the hospitality industry spectrum, including trade associations, guilds and charities.
Glenn Roberts, the outgoing chair of CESA, who presented the awards, said: “Without their hard work our industry would be far poorer and weaker. Their contribution and commitment is beyond value and we salute them.”
The CESA Conference 2018, in association with Cedabond, ENSE and the FCSI, took place on 14-15 November at the De Vere Cotswold Water Park.
The Foodservice Industry Order of Merit 2018 recipients
Anthony Pender, British Institute of Innkeepers
John Williams, Academy of Culinary Arts
Andrew Crook, National Federation of Fish Friers (pictured)
Bob Fox, NCASS
Stuart McLeod, British Culinary Federation
Andy Kemp, Arena
Keith Breasley, ASSIST
Andrew Bennett, Craft Guild of Chefs
Stewart McKenzie, Hospital Caterers Association
William Baxter, Hospitality Action
Robin Sheppard, Institute of Hospitality
Michael Hales, LACA
Neel Radia, NACC
Matthew White, TUCO
Nick Varney, UK Hospitality
Don Hodgson (Master), Worshipful Company of Cooks
Howard Porter, BEAMA
Mark Kendall, CEDA
Julian Edwards, FSCI