The executive chef and manager of the Royal Garden Hotel have both been honoured for their contribution to the hospitality industry.
Graham Bamford and Steve Munkley were singled out for their achievements at the University of West London's annual London School of Hospitality and Tourism's prize giving held at the Syon Park Hotel.
Recognised for his long standing career as one of the sector's most respected general managers, Graham Bamford became an honorary doctor, while executive chef Steve Munkley, a former student at the university, was honoured as a professor.
The duo were among 11 experienced professionals, including Raymond Blanc and Ramon Pajares, and 51 students singled out for their achievements.
Already an honorary life member of Le Clefs D'Or and former chairman of the Master Innholders, Graham Bamford has managed hotels in London, Singapore and Indonesia since beginning his career in 1968.
Executive chef Steve Munkley continues to offer his support to the university as a mentor, providing work experience opportunities for the students, as well as being a patron and advisor to the university.
Bamford commented on the honour: "To be recognised by my peers is very flattering. I have been lucky to work in some amazing places and properties and this is a magnificent personal achievement."
Munkley said: "I've had a long affiliation with the university dating back to being a student. It has been a pleasure and honour to work so closely with the students and staff there since graduating. The school has played a large part in my own professional development and career, so to be honoured by them is very special."
The University's pro vice-chancellor and dean of the Faculty of Professional Studies professor David Jones and Master of Ceremonies professor Kathryn Mitchell pro vice-chancellor (Academic and Student Services) attended to show their support for the awards. The occasion was then celebrated with a meal prepared by hospitality students themselves.
By Gemma Rowbotham
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