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Raymond Blanc to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Hotelympia

20 February 2012
Raymond Blanc to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Hotelympia

Raymond Blanc is set to be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Hotelympia in London next week.

The chef, who owns Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire, will accept the honour and enter into Hotelympia's Hall of Fame at a ceremony on 27 February for his outstanding demonstration of services to catering and hospitality.

Caterer and Hotelkeeper group editor Mark Lewis will interview Blanc on stage before the award presentation.

Blanc said: "I am delighted to be receiving this great honour and look forward to joining the Hall of Fame. It's fantastic to be rewarded in this way for what I have achieved to date."

Blanc joins inaugural winners the Roux Brothers in the Hall of Fame. The Rouxs were inducted in 2010.

Blanc, 62, opened his first restaurant, Les Quat'Saisons in Oxford, in 1977. He now holds two Michelin stars at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, which he opened in 1984. It is the only country house hotel in the UK to achieve two Michelin stars for a total of 28 years.

Toby Wand, group exhibition director at Fresh Montgomery, said: "This year's decision was unanimous given Raymond's enormous presence within and outside the industry and the impact he has made on the culinary world over many years of business success. His achievements at Le Manoir are legendary."

Hotelympia runs from 26 February to 1 March at London's ExCeL Centre.

By Andy Morton

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