The Caterer is to partner the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) in the launch of a major new international awards event - the Global Restaurant Awards.
The awards, which aim to recognise the businesses that form the backbone of the of the world's leading restaurants and restaurant brands, have been developed in collaboration with The Caterer and its parent company, Travel Weekly Group.
Luxury hotel operator Jumeirah Group has confirmed that the awards ceremony will be hosted at the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai.
Gerald Lawless, president and group CEO, Jumeirah Group, said: "Jumeirah is delighted to be hosting the first ever Global Restaurant Awards as part of the Global Restaurant Investment Forum. Dubai, one of the world's most dynamic cities, hosts a magnificent array of food and beverage choices. Jumeirah plays a significant role with more than 100 outlets, and this prestigious event will be the highlight of GRIF as well as a showcase of the award-winning Jumeirah culinary arts."
The Global Restaurants Awards is an opportunity for industry leaders to get together and celebrate those organisations that have displayed innovation, vision and leadership in their businesses and concepts, recognising their engagement with consumers through social media, technology, design or sustainability.
The award categories and nominations include: International Roll-out Award; Investor Award; Growth Award; Restaurant Technology Award; Social Gamechanger Award; Design Award; Sustainability Award; New Concept Award; Legend Award; Hotel Excellence Award and Regional Award, and the winning criteria will be based on a brand's ability to demonstrate skill and innovation in their nominated category.
Duncan Horton, group CEO of Travel Weekly Group, which is now Europe's largest B2B travel and hospitality media company, said: "The launch of these awards is a significant step in launching the first overseas awards event and building on the success we have already achieved with our UK events which include the Cateys, Hotel Cateys and Foodservice Cateys. We are delighted to be working with Bench Events, who we see as the perfect partner to build a series of partnership events around the world."
Jonathan Worsley, chairman, Bench Events added: "The announcement of the Global Restaurant Awards signals the beginning of a pivotal trend in the global hospitality industry, where the vision and accomplishments of the stakeholders, investors and architects behind these businesses are celebrated. We are delighted to be launching the awards with Travel Weekly Group and Jumeirah Group."
The Global Restaurant Awards will provide a platform to acknowledge and congratulate the brands and concepts that have revolutionised the current culinary landscape, bringing a new vibrancy to the industry and above all pushing boundaries to achieve perfection.