The deadline for the Global Restaurant Awards has been extended to 29 January to give more time for outstanding operators to enter.
A partnership between The Caterer and the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF), the major new international awards will recognise the businesses that form the backbone of the of the world's leading restaurants and restaurant brands.
The Global Restaurant Awards have been designed to 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 awards will be hosted by luxury hotel operator Jumeirah Group at the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai on 16 March 2016.
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."
Award categories and nominations include: International Roll-out Award; Investor Award; Growth Award; Restaurant Technology Award; Social Game changer 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. So if your business, or a business you know, excels in any of these areas enter now.
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."
The deadline to nominate is 29 January 2016.