David Morgan-Hewitt, one of the UK's most recognisable and popular hoteliers, was presented with the Outstanding Contribution award at the Hotel Cateys 2017 this evening.
He was honoured for his role in raising the profile of and helping to transform the Goring hotel in London into one of the world's most recognisable hotels, for chairing numerous organisations and initiatives, and for devoting immeasurable hours to the progression of others.
He is a Master Innholder, a supporter of industry charity Springboard, a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Innholders, a freeman of the City of London, a former chairman of Pride of Britain and an honorary catering advisor to the army.
A gathering of 660 guests at the Hotel Cateys presentation dinner at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London gave Morgan-Hewitt a standing ovation as he was presented with the accolade, sponsored by Diversey Care.
Morgan-Hewitt was one of 18 winners at the glittering awards ceremony, which saw new hotel brand Principal, launched 12 months ago, carry off two awards for Conference and Banqueting Team of the Year (Principal York) and Spa Professional of the Year (Leon Trayling).
Comedian Sara Pascoe presented the awards, with entertainment from beat box singers Duke and the Lionels band. Springboard benefited from the evening's fundraising efforts.
2017 Hotel Catey winners
Front of House Manager of the Year - Sponsored by Hotelympia
Sally Humphrey, the Grove, Chandler's Cross, Hertfordshire
Front of House Team of the Year - Sponsored by Castello Del Nero Residencies
The Milestone hotel, London
Conference and Banqueting Team of the Year - Sponsored by Reynolds
Housekeeper of the Year - Sponsored by Zenith Hygiene Group
Amelia Lawrence, the Grove, Chandler's Cross, Hertfordshire
Sustainable Hotel of the Year - Sponsored by Wi-Q
The Oakley Court, Windsor
Hotel Restaurant Manager of the Year - Sponsored by Tchibo Coffee International
Luigi Cagnin, the Ritz London
Hotel Restaurant Team of the Year - Sponsored by Coople
Ham Yard, London
Food and Beverage Manager of the Year - Sponsored by Britvic
Arjeta Arapi, the Montague on the Gardens, London
Spa Professional of the Year - Sponsored by Secret Escapes
Leon Trayling, Principal Hotels
Revenue Manager Award - Sponsored by Sky
Rachel Perry, Radisson Blu Edinburgh
Hotel Chef of the Year (fewer than 250 covers) - Sponsored by Bunzl
André Garrett, Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire
Hotel Chef of the Year (more than 250 covers) - Sponsored by Craft Guild of Chefs
Chris King, the Langham London
Human Resources Manager of the Year - Sponsored by Caterer.com
David Morison, Jumeriah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes hotels, London
Human Resources Team of the Year - Sponsored by Citirecruit
Concierge Award - Sponsored by Troika
David Young, Brown's hotel, London
Extra Mile Award - Sponsored by Bidfood
Edward Bracken, general manager, Crowne Plaza Kensington, London
Hotelier of the Year - Sponsored by Casna Group
Sue Williams, general manager, Whatley Manor, near Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Outstanding Contribution - Sponsored by Bidfood
David Morgan-Hewitt, managing director, the Goring, London
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