In just four years, Caterer and Hotelkeeper's Hotel Cateys have established themselves as the accolades everyone in the hotel sector wants to win. Entries are now open for this year's awards, as Mark Lewis explains.
Once again, the search is on for the most successful hotels, hoteliers and hotel employees across the UK. Now into their fourth year, the Hotel Cateys celebrate excellence across all layers of management and operations in the hotel sector. They are the hotel industry's only truly independent benchmark of operational excellence.
The Hotel Cateys were created to recognise and applaud the people and teams that deliver all of these demands - those unsung heroes who work tirelessly to support the UK's hotel sector day in, day out.
Does your front-of-house team make guests feel they are in a home from home? Do you have a housekeeping team that leaves things so clean you could eat your dinner off them? Or does your conference and banqueting team offer an outstanding level of service? If so, we want to hear about them.
To make a nomination for the 2010 Hotel Cateys, go to www.hotelcateys.com for full details. The closing date for Hotel Cateys nominations is 18 June 2010, while nominations for Hotelier of the Year will be accepted until 9 July 2010.
The 2010 awards will climax with a gala dinner at the Lancaster London hotel on Friday 12 November.
Good luck to all entrants into the 2010 Hotel Cateys.
Entries are being sought in the following categories:
- Front of House Manager of the Year, sponsored by Swisscom
- Front of House Team of the Year
- Hotel Restaurant Team of the Year, sponsored by Tchibo Coffee International
- Hotel Restaurant Manager of the Year
- Housekeeper of the Year, sponsored by Sysco Guest Supply Europe
- Green Hotel of the Year
- Human Resources Manager of the Year
- Human Resources Team of the Year
- Food and Beverage Manager of the Year
- Spa Professional of the Year
- Conference and Banqueting Team of the Year, sponsored by Unilever Foodsolutions
- Hotel Chef of the Year (fewer than 250 covers)
- Hotel Chef of the Year (more than 250 covers)
- l Food and Wine Service Award of the Year
- Extra Mile Award, sponsored by Sunlight Services Group
- Outstanding Contribution Award
In addition to these awards, on the night of the Hotel Cateys we will present the 2010 Hotelier of the Year award, sponsored by Casna Group, to the hotel industry. Look out for the Hotelier of the Year launch article in the 14 May issue of Caterer and Hotelkeeper.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A HOTEL CATEY WINNER
Winning a Hotel Catey is such a career highlight, because it means you have been recognised by an expert panel of your industry peers - but don't take it from us. Here's what some of last year's winners told us:
"We were honoured to receive a Hotel Catey for our restaurant team in 2009. While there are many opportunities for chefs to shine in the culinary area, there are very few awards that recognise the importance of the front-of-house teams, which makes it all the more rewarding."
Simon Girling, restaurant manager, the Ritz London
"Being nominated for a Hotel Catey was really exciting, and being announced a winner was electric. Winning the Green Hotel award was an incredibly important achievement for our hotel; it represents our commitment to delivering a sustainable hospitality model."
Gary Lohan, chief engineer, One Aldwych Hotel
"Being a Hotel Catey winner has given me, my team and my housekeeping profession the true recognition which it deserves as being the hotel industry's unsung hero".
Rachael Park, head housekeeper, Rudding Park
"I was delighted to receive this honour from an industry I have devoted over 25 years of my life to. It was an exceptional accomplishment for me and my amazing and truly supportive team, who work tirelessly to ensure that the Jumeirah Carlton Tower continues to offer what I believe is some of the best food in London."
Simon Young, executive chef, Jumeirah Carlton Tower
"Winning the HR Manager award at the Hotel Cateys was one of the highlights of my career. It was an honour to be recognised for what I believe in and have worked hard for."
Liz McGivern, director of human resources and training, Red Carnation Hotels
"Winning the Hotel Cateys Front of House Manager award was definitely one of the proudest moments in my 16-year career."
Ben Malpass, head concierge, the Cavendish, London
By Mark Lewis