It was a night full of loud cheers and elation as the BaxterStorey family headed to Grays Inn, London for the second annual BaxterStorey Awards.
Created in 2016 to recognise exceptional talent within our business, the glitzy event recognised individuals from outstanding chefs and extraordinary front of house teams to dedicated kitchen porters and rising stars.
Head Butler Guy Harvey-Wreford was awarded ‘Front of House Star of the Year’ to a standing ovation. His loyalty and exceptional professionalism see him regularly praised by his clients: “Winning the Award was a moment of pure elation,” he said, “it was founded on a pledge I made at The International Butler Academy and a vision of how I felt catering could be carried further. Without the support of a fantastic team I would not have had the joy of winning such a prestigious award”.
The Visa Hospitality team were awarded the Innovation Award for going above and beyond with their inspired and bespoke corporate events. Group manager Sam Roth said: “Within Visa Hospitality we are always striving to make the experience better for our clients and customers. It’s an exciting industry to work in, and being recognised by BaxterStorey is testament to the hard work and success of our team – we are thrilled to have won”.
The presentations concluded with the coveted BaxterStorey Award, recognising an outstanding personality within the family who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to improving the business and wider industry. This year, Cathy Bell, Head of Pay and Rewards Systems took the title.
Cathy has been instrumental in many projects during her 14 years at BaxterStorey, implementing a new payroll system across the WSH businesses. In 2016 she was promoted to Head of Pay and Rewards Systems, reflecting her impact in not only payroll but wider areas of HR concerning all employee benefits.
Jeremy Miles, Director of Finance at BaxterStorey, said: “I was delighted to watch Cathy receive this prestigious award as testament to nearly 14 years of dedication and unwavering professionalism. We are lucky to have Cathy in our team and we are all delighted that she has received this recognition that she richly deserves”.
Alastair Storey, Chairman at BaxterStorey, said: “People are at the heart of our business and we are passionate about encouraging individuals to develop their careers through quality training and qualifications. These awards encourage companionship amongst our teams who give so much to the satisfaction of our customers daily”.
The occasion was marked with a spectacular seasonal menu. Guests dined on salt baked baby beetroot with rosary ash goats cheese, tamarind braised beef short rib with summer squash and dark chocolate brûlée rochers.
Congratulations to all our BaxterStorey stars:
Health and Safety Champion of the Year
Jonathan Dytham, Operations Support Manager
Chef Manager of the Year
Devon Wright, Head Chef
Front of House Star of the Year
Guy Harvey-Wreford, Head Butler
Kitchen Porter of the Year
Daniele Correddu, Head Kitchen Porter
Chef of the Year
Phil Lee Robinson, BaxterStorey Development Team
Manager of the Year
Paul George, Catering Manager
Rising Star of the Year
Ciara Meleady, Catering Manager
Innovation of the Year
Sam Roth, Group Manager, Hospitality Team
Team of the Year
The BaxterStorey Award
Cathy Bell, Head of Pay and Rewards Systems
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Notes to editors:
About BaxterStorey – BaxterStorey provides bespoke hospitality services through restaurants, café bars, deli operations and executive dining rooms for a wide range of customers. Its heritage is built on the culinary expertise and the professional training and development of its people. It employs more than 8,500 people at over 600 locations, and provides food service excellence to clients and customers in business and industry. BaxterStorey’s core principle is to serve the best quality food, sourced and prepared locally using the finest produce. Through its chef and barista academies, it provides focused and dedicated training to front line teams helping them to provide great service and build a career for life. The reach and talent of BaxterStorey’s business enables it to draw on an extensive pool of expertise within the food service sphere in the UK, providing it with a strong foundation to share and distribute best practice both locally and across the country