Harrogate International Centre was the big winner at the Kudos "K" Awards, after two of its staff members picked up the employee and general manager of the year titles at the company's annual awards event, held last week.
Kudos, the food and venue arm of the Crown Group, named Leah White its employee of the year, while Ben Campbell picked up the general manager of the year award.
More than 150 staff from Kudos venues across the country were on hand to compete for an award. Prizes included the coveted chef of the year title, won by Graham Strong, Kudos's head chef at the Honourable Artillery Company in London.
Jon Pryce (pictured with Leah White), managing director of Kudos, presented the awards. He said it had been a tremendous year across the business, despite the difficult economic backdrop.
"We are so proud to be able to recognise so many talented people within our business at an event worthy of an award itself."
Frank Bordoni, former TV chef and food director at Kudos, developed the three-course menu served to assembled guests, with dishes that aimed to demonstrate that lesser-used produce could still taste exceptional if prepared with a touch of flair.
The menu included a salad of sustainably sourced British mackerel with miso tar, candied pomelo and kalamansi jelly; pressed shoulder of Southdown lamb, courgette and basil purée, confit tomatoes and red pepper; and banana parfait, banana bread, toasted hazelnuts and dulce leche.
Full list of Kudos winners:
Chef of the Year Graham Strong, Honourable Artillery Company
General Manager of the Year Ben Campbell, Harrogate International Centre
Salesperson of the Year Erin Rice, Gibson Hall
Venue of the Year Central Hall Westminster
Sustainability Award Cambridge Corn Exchange
Support Person of the Year Rhea Rastofsky, Barbers Surgeons' Hall
Employee of the Year Leah White, Harrogate International Centre
MD's Special Commendation Geoff Green, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
By Janie Stamford
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