The 2021 Cateys awards - the hospitality industry Oscars - have this week been announced including the most coveted accolade of the event, The Chef Award which this year went to Andrew Wong, the man behind Pimlico's two Michelin starred restaurant A Wong.
The Chef Award is open to chefs from all sectors of the industry and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry. The recipient must have made a major contribution through innovation in cooking techniques, styles of cuisine and the understanding of culinary processes. The award also recognises a wider contribution to the trade, through significant and effective involvement in the fields of education, charity or the general promotion of the industry's interests.
The Best Employer Award, for companies ranked in the top six scoring employers from the Best Places to Work in Hospitality, went to the PPHE Hotel Group.
The Hotel of the Year - Independent award went to The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire. This award is for those with three units of fewer under a brand or owner who has shown excellence in its chosen market; offering an example to which others can aspire; and be able to demonstrate particular achievements over the last particularly difficult period.
The Hotel of the Year - Group award winner was The Berkeley, London. Judges look for a solid business plan that helped the group react to the continued pace of change over the last year in businesses that demonstrate excellence, consistency of product and service, and overall success of a business.
Alastair Storey, Chairman of WSH, was celebrated with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This goes to an individual each year who has had a profound impact upon the global hospitality industry, whether in the field of cheffing, hotels or foodservice.
Discover more about the awards and all the winners here.