Simon Rogan, chef-owner of the three-Michelin-starred L'Enclume in Cumbria, walked away with the Special Award at the Craft Guild of Chefs' Awards in London last night.
Rogan received the award in recognition of "going above and beyond during their career", with previous winners of the accolade including the likes of Angela Hartnett, James Martin, Cyrus Todiwala, Heston Blumenthal, Michel Roux and Albert Roux, Marco Pierre White and Raymond Blanc.
David Mulcahy, vice-president of Craft Guild of Chefs, said: "Simon's sustainable gastronomy ethos and focus on flavour has been an inspiration to many for more than 20 years. In 2022 his restaurant L'Enclume received a much-deserved third Michelin star and we are delighted to recognise his life work by awarding him this year's Special Award."
Adam Handling, chef-owner of Adam Handling Restaurant Group, was awarded the Restaurant Chef Award, while the New Restaurant of the Year Award went to Staffordshire's first and only one-Michelin-starred restaurant, Upstairs by Tom Shepherd.
Meanwhile, the Chef's Favourite Branded Chain Restaurant award went to Prezzo.
The awards were held on Thursday 1 June at the Park Plaza in Westminster, London, and attended by 700 people from the hospitality industry.
The full list of winners
Accredited College Restaurant of the Year Award (sponsor Lumina)
Westminster Kingsway College
Apprentice Chef Award (sponsor Compass Group)
Eimear McCarthy, student, South Eastern Regional College
Armed Services Chef Award (sponsor Bidfood)
SSgt Grahame Wickham, unit catering manager, British Army
Banqueting and Events Chef Award (sponsor Daregal Gourmet)
Ian Page, executive chef, Payne & Gunter
Chef Lecturer Award (sponsor Lakeland Dairies)
Len Unwin, curriculum team leader, Sheffield College
Chef's Favourite Branded Chain Restaurant (sponsor Unox)
Competition Chef Award (sponsor HRC 2024)
Adam Thomason, culinary director, Absolute Taste
Contract Catering Chef Award (sponsor PizzaSi)
Wayne Corbett, executive chef, National Grid
Culinary Hero Award (sponsor Williams Refrigeration)
Darren Passmore, Compass Group & Co Owner Rustic Rhubarb
Development Chef Award (sponsor Essential Cuisine)
Terry O'Riordan, owner and development chef, Keto Chefs
New Restaurant of the Year Award (sponsor Marsh Commercial)
Upstairs by Tom Shepherd
Pastry Chef Award (sponsor Carpigiani)
Mark Perkins, executive pastry chef, Rosewood London
Pub Restaurant Chef Award (sponsor Bonemasters)
Phil Mason, chef patron, The Rat Inn
Public Sector Catering Chef Award (sponsor Middletons)
Scott Freeman, culinary director, ESS Defence
Restaurant Chef Award
Adam Handling, Chef Owner, Adam Handling Restaurant Group
Sustainability Excellence Award (sponsor Rational UK)
Young Chef Award (sponsor McCormick UK)
Nathan Johnson, senior chef de partie, Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa
Special Award winner (sponsor Sodexo)