When it comes to awards our industry does pretty well, and as the leading foodservice agency we tend to get along to most, if not all of them. But as they say there’s always room for one more and to that end the latest addition to the foodservice awards calendar kicked-off last night at the Hurlingham Club with the inaugural Catering Insight Awards. Brought to us by Catering Insight Magazine, the awards set out to recognise the very best in the catering equipment sector, covering manufacturers, distributors and dealers. With categories voted by over 100 judges (manufacturers for dealers and dealers for manufacturers) the categories covered everything from the national regions to sustainability and light and heavy equipment – to name but a few.
The industry gathered in black tie to quaff champagne under the beautiful Christmas lights and of course to see who would walk away with these coveted awards. The atrium of the venue buzzed with chatter as friends and colleagues caught up and networked. Then it was on to enjoy an excellent meal prepared by the team at The Hurlingham Club and to find out which of the nominees would be celebrating later at Mahiki (the after party). As the wine flowed so did the conversation and I was lucky enough to be in good company on a table with Chris Brazier and the team from Diversity (who are behind the Casual Dining Show, Lunch! and the Commercial Kitchen Show). To add even more excitement to the evening there was a close-up magician to entertain us with tricks and even a bit of mind reading. We were also joined on the night by our clients Hobart and Fresh Montgomery (the team behind Hotelympia and Hospitality, to name but a few of their many shows!) who both sponsored categories and presented awards. The evening culminated with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Ron Neville of CHR Equipment Ltd. for his contribution to the industry over his long and illustrious career. The night flew by and soon it was time to find our carriages and either head home or party on. Sadly I didn’t make it to celebrity hot spot Mahiki for the after party, but I will wait with baited breath to hear the gossip from later in the night!
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners, and of course well done to the team at Catering Insight, especially Andrew Seymour and Clare Nicholls who hosted the evening – not forgetting the sponsors and front and back of house teams who made the night possible. To see the full list of winners click here.