The deadline to enter the Foodservice Cateys Awards 2014 is fast approaching, with just six days left to get your nominations in.
Foodservice operators in the UK now have until Wednesday 11 June to submit first-class nominations for their individuals and teams that deserve the ultimate pat on the back from their peers.
Now in its second year, the Foodservice Cateys recognise the incredible work that the foodservice sector does in feeding the nation via many wide-ranging and wonderful kitchens and restaurants.
There are 19 categories to enter, including Chef of the Year, Front of House Team of the Year and the Innovation Award.
There are also the five most sought after Caterer of the Year categories, for Retail & Leisure, Education, Healthcare, Events and Business & Industry.
Enter now at www.foodservicecateys.com
WHAT PAST WINNERS OF THE FOODSERVICE CATEYS HAVE TO SAY
David Mulcahy, craft and food development director, Sodexo, and winner of the Outstanding Contribution award 2013
"The foodservice industry is continually evolving and shaping positive dining experiences for millions of people every day and I am delighted and privileged to be a part of this.
"The sector plays a significant role in the hospitality industry and the Foodservice Cateys offer an opportunity to recognise and reward those people, those unsung heroes, who are making a real difference every day. Being the winner of a Foodservice Catey means a great deal to me."
Mike Sunley, chief executive, Lexington Catering, which had three winners at the 2013 Foodservice Cateys
"Winning three Foodservice Catey's in its first year was an absolute highlight for Lexington. The Business & Industry Caterer of the Year award is wonderful recognition from our sector of the contributions of our valued customers and staff.
"We were also delighted to have won the Chef of the Year and Regional Manager of the Year Awards, which recognise the tremendously talented people that make Lexington such a success. These awards have created a great deal of excitement in the business and provided the inspiration for others to aspire to the heady heights of being awarded a Foodservice Catey."
Yen Chong, learning & development manager, Harbour & Jones, and winner of the Training Award 2013
"I felt on top of the world and was very moved by the support of Harbour & Jones, especially the loud cheering at the awards dinner. It's amazing to know that your team believes in you and that my work is felt to be of a great industry standard."
Renier Oberholzer, catering manager, Harbour & Jones, and winner of the Catering Manager of the Year Award 2013 "Winning the Catering Manager of The Year Awards was a humbling experience and it was a great honour to be recognised by my peers in the industry. Making the shortlist was already exciting in itself but winning was much more than I expected and a highlight of my career."
Carl Morris, director of marketing and communications, Elior, which won both the Education Caterer and Healthcare Caterer of the Year awards 2013 "The Foodservice Cateys are an excellent way to be recognised both within and outside of our industry and they are a source of huge pride for the winners and the company as a whole. For Elior, wining two Cateys has helped demonstrate reassurance to our clients that they have made the right choice in the delegation of services to Elior, and for prospective clients it's an added incentive to join us. As they are given and backed by the Caterer and Hotelkeeper there is the added pedigree and authority that this publication brings to the award."
John Nugent, chief executive, Green & Fortune, winner of the Retail & Leisure Caterer of the Year Award 2013
"You don't fully appreciate the impact of winning a Foodservice Catey until after the event. The energy that it created across our teams was immense. Everybody was so proud. We had all the different parts of the business wanting to display the award in their particular areas!
"Personally it was very gratifying as we'd just completed our fifth year of operating. The business traded its way through a very challenging period and ended up in a very positive position on all levels. It proved that as an independent operator, the breadth of our food and drink offers can compete with the best in class and in the market place. Getting this form of recognition from your industry peers also adds to the gravity of the award."
HOW TO ENTER
To make a nomination for the 2014 Foodservice Cateys, go to www.foodservicecateys.com.
The closing date for entries is 11 June. The 2014 Foodservice Cateys will be presented at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, on Friday 10 October.