Dick Turpin was one of the big winners at tonight's Cateys, picking up the Lifetime Achievement award at the hospitality industry Oscars.
Long considered an unsung hero in hospitality, Turpin's career has spanned hotels, high-street restaurants, food service management, department stores, airports and railway stations. More recently he has been known, along with Peter Smale, as the founder of Turpin Smale Foodservice Consultancy, where the pair managed more than 350 assignments.
But what sets Turpin apart as an individual is how he has confidentially advised to many in the industry and to this day continues to influence the careers of hospitality workers from junior staff through to leaders of major companies.
Moreover, Turpin is deeply dedicated to charitable causes and now, semi-retired, continues to travel the country working for industry bodies such as Hospitality Action, the Ark Foundation and Ark for Business and the Savoy Educational Trust.
Commenting on winning the Lifetime Achievement Catey, Turpin said: "I feel thrilled and honoured to have been recognised in this way by the industry I love. I continue to enjoy my career within the hospitality industry, with the support of so many colleagues and friends."
More than 1,000 senior decision-makers were witness to the occasion at London's Grosvenor House, where two-Michelin-starred chef and double Great British Menu winner Tom Kerridge, chef-proprietor of the Hand & Flowers in Marlow, consulted on the evening's menu.
Guests also saw Arnold Fewell, managing director of AVF Marketing, pick up the Special Award for his ongoing work to further health in education and awareness of accessibility, while his company also won the Best Group Marketing Campaign Catey.
Elsewhere, Jason Atherton, chef-proprietor of the Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social in London, picked up the prestigious Chef Award, while his former mentor, Stephen Terry, chef-proprietor of the Hardwick in Abergavenny, was named Restaurateur of the Year - Independent.
Meanwhile, the French Laundry at Harrods pop-up restaurant, which saw world-famous US chef Thomas Keller set up camp at the Knightsbridge department store, won the Best Independent Marketing Campaign prize.
The Pub and Bar award went to Lee Cash and Hamish Stoddard from Peach Pubs, while the Hotel of the Year - Group Catey went to the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, which reopened last year following a £125m refurbishment.Cateys 2012: Full list of winners Best Group Marketing Campaign AVF Marketing for the Local Authority Caterers Association Best Independent Marketing Campaign The French Laundry at Harrods Best Use of Technology PizzaExpress Accessibility Award Chewton Glen Restaurateur of the Year - Group Zeev Godik, founder and chief executive, Gaucho Group Restaurateur of the Year - Independent Stephen Terry, chef-proprietor, The Hardwick Sustainable Business Award Harper Adams University College Education and Training Award David Cochrane, chief executive, HIT Scotland Manager of the Year Justin Pinchbeck, hotel director, Lime Wood Health and Nutrition Award Charlton House Menu of the Year Quo Vadis Pub and Bar Award Lee Cash and Hamish Stoddard, Peach Pubs Hotel of the Year - Group Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane Hotel of the Year - IndependenGilpin Hotel & Lake House Newcomer Award Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, Polpo Restaurants Public Sector Caterer Award Andrew Jones, service development director, innovation and product, ISS Facility Services, Healthcare Food Service Caterer Award Ben Warner, founder, Benugo Chef Award Jason Atherton, chef proprietor, Pollen Street Social Special Award Arnold Fewell, managing director of AVF Marketing Lifetime Achievement Award Dick Turpin *By Kerstin Kühn* E-mail your comments to Kerstin Kühn](mailto:email@example.com)(mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) here. [![Tabletalk](https://cdn.filestackcontent.com/0hcj0CnkR0aZyARLgtEs)](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/tabletalk)If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at [Table Talk](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/tabletalk) - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to [www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/tabletalk](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/tabletalk)Catererandhotelkeeper.com jobs Looking for a new job? Find your [next job here](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/jobs) with Catererandhotelkeeper.com jobs