Iconic chef-restaurateurs Daniel Boulud and Nico Ladenis were both honoured with prestigious awards at this year's Cateys, which took place at a glittering awards ceremony at London's Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, tonight (Tuesday 7 July).
Boulud - who is famed the world over for his Dinex Group of restaurants, including New York City's two-Michelin-starred Daniel restaurant and London's Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park - took the International Outstanding Achievement Award, now in its second year having last year been won by Nobu Matsuhisa.
Meanwhile, Ladenis, who won three Michelin stars and a rare 10 out of 10 in the Good Food Guide for his restaurant Nico at Ninety in London in the mid 1990s, inspiring a generation of British chefs in the process, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Both Boulud and Ladenis appeared in person to collect their awards alongside more than 1,200 of their peers at what is regarded as the Oscars of the hospitality industry.
Meanwhile, the special award went to Stephen Moss, who this year celebrates 25 years of involvement with Springboard Group, the charity he founded that has helped so many young people forge successful careers in hospitality.
"It was an absolute privilege and an honour to be joined by one of the world's most self-effacing and respected chefs, Daniel Boulud, and culinary giant Nico Ladenis, whose work is legendary," said The Caterer editor Amanda Afiya.
"Celebrating our 32nd Catey Awards, we were once again very proud to welcome the finest hoteliers, restaurateurs, foodservice operators and chefs to the Grosvenor House. The energy in the room was quite extraordinary and we congratulate all our winners who of course join our iconic Cateys Academy."
During the event, industry charity Hospitality Action unveiled a hard-hitting new advertising campaign featuring Jason Atherton, Angela Hartnett, Tom Kerridge, Heston Blumenthal and Ashley Palmer-Watts.
Cateys 2015 winners
Accessibility Award Sponsored by Shieldyourself
Winner: Hoe Grange Holidays
Best Employer Award Sponsored by Amadeus
Winner: 45 Park Lane
Highly Commended: Georgian House
Best Marketing Campaign Award Sponsored by Compass Group: The Idea Works
Winner: GG Hospitality
Highly Commended: Red's True Barbecue
Best Use of Technology Award Sponsored by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII)
Winner: Eden Foodservice
Highly Commended: Wahaca
Chef Award Sponsored by the Craft Guild of Chefs
Winner: Sat Bains, Restaurant Sat Bains
Education and Training Award Sponsored by HIT Training
Winner: David McKown, University of Sheffield
Foodservice Caterer Award Sponsored by Zenith Hygiene Group
Winner: Wendy Bartlett, Bartlett Mitchell
Health and Nutrition Award Sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions
Winner: Bridgwater College Catering Team
Hotel of the Year - Group Award Sponsored by Bunzl
Winner: The London Edition
Hotel of the Year - Independent Award Sponsored by Sky
Winner: Gravetye Manor
Manager of the Year Award Sponsored by JJ Food Service
Winner: David Taylor, Starwood Capital Group
Newcomer Award Sponsored by ACT Clean
Winner: Kenny Atkinson, House of Tides
Pub and Bar Award Sponsored by BT Sport
Winner: Andreas Akerlund, Patrik Franzen and Marc Francis Baum, Barworks
Public Sector Caterer Award Sponsored by Seafish
Winner: Julie Barker, TUCO (The University Caterers Organisation)
Restaurateur of the Year - Group Award Sponsored by Bunzl
Winner: Karen Forrester, TGI Friday's
Restaurateur of the Year - Independent Award Sponsored by Brakes
Winner: Jyotin , Karam and Sunaina Sethi, JKS Restaurants
Sustainable Business Award Sponsored by PepsiCo
Wine and Spirit Ambassador Award Sponsored by The Balvenie
Winner: Xavier Rousset, wine consultant and founder of Texture and 28Â°-50Â°
Menu of the Year Award Sponsored by Quorn
Winner: Ox, Belfast
International Outstanding Achievement Award Sponsored by CH&Co Group
Winner: Daniel Boulud
Special Award Sponsored by Filmbankmedia
Winner: Stephen Moss, chairman, the Springboard Group
Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsored by Cartwheel Recruitment
Winner: Nico Ladenis