Phil Hooper, who will leaving Sodexo UK & Ireland early next year after 40 years' service with the company, was tonight's winner of the Outstanding Contribution award at the 2016 Foodservice Cateys.
The popular figure was recognised for his tireless work, not only with his career at Sodexo, but also the wider hospitality industry.
He joined Gardner Merchant, which later became Sodexo, in 1976 as a management trainee and has since worked in a variety of roles including operations, sales, corporate affairs and communications.
The 2011 Cateys Foodservice Caterer Award winner was appointed to his current role of brand and communications director in August 2015 and has been involved in developing and promoting the brand globally for the justice and defence segments.
Hooper has also represented the industry in trade associations including the British Hospitality Association and the British Services Association as well as the Springboard Charity as a member of the board of trustees.
Meanwhile, independent caterer Bartlett Mitchell scored a hat trick of awards as did BaxterStorey and Compass Group, which saw its sports and leisure business, Levy Restaurants, and executive dining division, Restaurant Associates, both honoured on the night.
Neil Porter, operations director south for BAM Facilities Management and honorary chair of the events group for the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) walked away with the Extra Mile Award for his contribution to the education sector.
The Foodservice Cateys was hosted by stand-up comedian Rob Beckett and attended by more than 500 guests. The evening raised funds for the Springboard Charity.
2016 FOODSERVICE CATEYS WINNERS
Catering Manager of the Year sponsored by Bunzl Catering and Hospitality Division Murray Soper, Bartlett Mitchell
Healthy Eating Champion sponsored by Amadeus Amanda Ursell and Judy Roberts, Charlton House
Chef Manager of the Year sponsored by Kerry Henry Maasdorp, Blue Apple
Regional Manager of the Year sponsored by Cartwheel Recruitment Catharine Barras, BaxterStorey
Front of House Team of the Year - public site sponsored by Lusso Levy Restaurants at Leicester City FC
Front of House Team of the Year - private site sponsored by Admiral Recruitment BaxterStorey at Burges Salmon
HR Award sponsored by Contract Options Gary Acheson and the HR Team, Rapport
Salesperson of the Year sponsored by Wilcox Burchmore Simon Houston, Bartlett Mitchell
Training Award sponsored by Bridge Training & Events Tim Sturk, BaxterStorey
CSR Award sponsored by Brookwood Partnership Bartlett Mitchell
Innovation Award sponsored by Amadeus ISS Food and Hospitality
Chef of the Year - public site sponsored by Johnsons Stalbridge Paul Walsh, City Social (Restaurant Associates)
Chef of the Year - private site sponsored by ACT Clean Steve Land, Gather & Gather
Healthcare Caterer of the Year sponsored by Zenith Hygiene Group St Andrew's Healthcare
Event Caterer of the Year sponsored by Off to Work ExCeL London
Extra Mile Award sponsored by Bidvest Foodservice Neil Porter, BAM Facilities Management
Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by Premier Foods Phil Hooper, Sodexo
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