Andy Kemp, Bidfood's long-serving group sales and marketing director, has today been awarded with an honorary doctorate from the University of West London (UWL) for his services to the hospitality industry.
Kemp was recognised for his charitable work along with his contribution to the UK food industry at a presentation at Wembley Stadium, London.
He has been recognised as a driving force in raising awareness of some of the vital issues facing the industry, including the mobilisation of industry bodies to support the protection of Universal Free School Meals and the championing of the benefits of children's attainment through good nutrition and hydration.
Making the presentation, professor Alexandros Paraskevas of UWL, said: "We are awarding Andy this honorary doctorate in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the UK and international food industry. On top of his professional achievements as a trail-blazer and policy influencer, he has done very significant work with many charities in advocating a better future for young and often vulnerable people. Andy has been an inspirational guest lecturer in our college and has provided students with numerous industry links for placements, research and professional development."
"Andy is always prepared to go the extra mile to create a better future for hospitality, and the whole team at Bidfood is delighted that his efforts are being recognised today."
He remains on the work study group that is analysing and gaining data to support further evidence going forward. He is also passionate about highlighting the skills gap within the industry.
His work with UWL is also supported by his commitment to many of the industry's leading charities and organisations such as Springboard, Hospitality Action, the One and All Foundation and the British Hospitality Association.
"I am immensely proud and grateful to receive this honour from the University of West London, it is truly humbling," said Kemp.
"Over the course of my 36 years in this great industry I have been privileged to witness many challenges, opportunities and experiences. This is a great industry and it's given me not only the pleasure of working with some amazing people but also the opportunity to play an important part in raising awareness of key issues facing foodservice and hospitality.
"Partnering with UWL has given me the opportunity to help broaden students' knowledge around elements of food procurement, food safety and food distribution as well as creating awareness of the depth of employment opportunities in foodservice. The chefs and managers of tomorrow have a real opportunity to shape the next generation's attitudes and appreciation of food and its service.
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