Pierre Koffmann, the former chef-patron of the three-Michelin-starred La Tante Claire, was presented with the Special Award at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards last night.
The iconic chef was recognised ahead of the opening of his first new permanent restaurant next month at London's Berkeley Hotel after an eight-year hiatus. Last year saw Koffmann's temporary return to the London restaurant scene with a pop-up eatery at Selfridges.
Sat Bains was named Restaurant Chef of the year for his Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham, while Sarah Hartnett from The Park Lane Hotel was awarded the title Pastry Chef of the Year.
Contract caterers were also big winners, scooping five of the 14 awards at the ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel.
French caterer Sodexo received double recognition with Derek Reilly and Steve Golding (Sodexo Prestige) both walking away winners, while Richard Bowden of Compass Group also took home an award.
More than 600 people attended the event including Master of the Royal Household and president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Air Vice Marshal David Walker OBE.
The awards, now in the 17th year, recognised 14 chefs from all aspects of the profession.
Apprentice Chef: Conor Stein, the Royal Garden Hotel
Banqueting Chef: Steve Golding, Sodexo Prestige
Competition Chef: Richard Bowden, Compass Group
Contract Catering Chef: Derek Reilly, Sodexo
Cost Sector Chef: Robert Kennedy, Royal Military Academy
Development Chef: Phil Rimmer, Apetito
Education Chef: Norman Robertson, Ayr College
Ethnic Chef: Jitin Joshi, Vatika Restaurant
Pastry Chef: Sarah Hartnett, the Park Lane Hotel
New Restaurant of the Year: Galvin La Chapelle
Pub Restaurant Chef: Alistair Barlow, the Fleece
Restaurant Chef: Sat Bains, Restaurant Sat Bains
Young Chef: Adam Smith, The Ritz
Special Award: Pierre Koffmann
By Janie Stamford
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