Nominees shortlisted for Hospitality Guild's Apprenticeship Awards

13 November 2012 by
Nominees shortlisted for Hospitality Guild's Apprenticeship Awards

The Hospitality Guild has unveiled the shortlisted nominees for its first ever Apprenticeship Awards.

The awards, which are being held in partnership with People 1st, recognise and celebrate the achievements of apprentices working in hospitality and emphasise the critical role that employers, providers and mentors play in the delivery of apprenticeships.

This year's winners will be announced at a Parliamentary reception with Matthew Hancock MP, minister for skills, at the House of Commons on 6 December.

During the event inspirational young professionals from throughout the hospitality industry will be inducted into the Hospitality Guild's Young Hall of Fame, which collectively showcases the initiatives and awards of the Guild's partner organisations.

Suzy Jackson, executive director of the Hospitality Guild, said that competition was tough among nominees, with almost 100 nominations received across the six categories.

"Reading the nominations was both amazing and humbling. The breadth of talent we have in our industry is inspiring," she said.

The shortlisted nominees for the Hospitality Guild Apprenticeship Awards are:

Intermediate Apprentice of the Year
•Rebecca Dunn (Professional Cookery) - The Living Room
•David Palmer (Hospitality Services) - Red Lion Hotel
•Charlotte Bonser (Food and Beverage Service) - The Polite Vicar

Advanced Apprentice of the Year
•Philip Pagels (Professional Cookery) - Royal Households
•Emma Keeling (Hospitality Supervision and Leadership) - Ramada Hotel North
•Christopher Howarth (Patisserie and Confectionary) - Langar Hall Hotel and Restaurant

Apprenticeship Mentor of the Year
•Luke Holder, Executive Head Chef - Lime Wood Hotel
•Matthew Lloyd, Head Chef - Park Royal Warrington
•Norman McKenzie, Head Chef - Rhinefield House Hotel

Employer of the Year: Large (more than 250 employees)

Employer of the Year: SME (less than 250 employees)
•DeVere Grand Harbour
•Lancaster Hotel
•Lime Wood Hotel
Partnership of the Year
•Puma and Babcock International
•Mitchells & Butlers and Babcock International
•Hollybourne and HTP Training

The winners of the Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship categories and the Mentor of the Year will each receive an iPad and will be offered the opportunity to undertake a specially tailored week of professional development work experience. Businesses that have committed to providing this work experience include Raymond Blanc's internationally renowned two-Michelin star restaurant and hotel, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, and the Westbury hotel in Mayfair.

More information about the awards and nomination forms can be found on the Hospitality Guild website at

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