Coffee talent honoured at BaxterStorey Awards

Tim Sturk, Head of Coffee Training and Development and Jana Slamova, National Barista Trainer, have been honoured with two of the most prestigious awards at the inaugural BaxterStorey Awards. Held in the Summer Marquee at Gray’s Inn, London, the awards celebrated the company’s talented teams and individuals who go above and beyond their duties every day. Tim was chosen as the first recipient of the BaxterStorey Award for his dedication and hard work, not only within BaxterStorey but the global coffee industry.

Jana was named as the company’s Rising Star of the Year. Joining in 2007 as BaxterStorey’s first full-time Training Manager, Tim has developed as an expert in the field of coffee, gaining national and international recognition as judge at the World Barista Championships. His achievements include creating BaxterStorey’s unique Barista Academy – a first in the sector. Tim’s work inspired a team of BaxterStorey baristas to secure a place as the only foodservice caterer in four consecutive finals of the UK Barista Championships. Alastair Storey, Chairman at BaxterStorey, said: “These inaugural awards recognise the exceptional people within our business, without whom we could not deliver the high standards our clients and customers expect.

“Tim’s foresight and diligence has brought direct benefit, not only to BaxterStorey but to the coffee community as a whole. Along with mentoring and developing BaxterStorey’s baristas, Tim plays a fundamental role in global coffee education through his involvement in the Speciality Coffee Associations of Europe and America, amongst other organisations. I can’t think of a more deserving recipient of the first BaxterStorey Award.” Jana Slamova has worked at BaxterStorey for five years and last year was promoted to National Barista Trainer.

She is a prodigy of BaxterStorey’s Barista Academy and has competed on the national stage to be named amongst the top five baristas in the UK. Speaking about her award win, Jana, said: “It means a lot to be recognised in this way, especially knowing that we have so many amazing and talented people in the business. It is a huge personal achievement and I am very proud and honoured.”

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For further information about WSH contact:

Hannah Keddie 02380 382970 – hannah.keddie@grayling.com
Holly Broadway 02380 382970 – holly.broadway@grayling.com

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

About Westbury Street Holdings – Westbury Street Holdings (WSH) is the owner of the UK’s most successful portfolio of independent catering and hospitality businesses. The company operates the following businesses: · BaxterStorey – catering services for business and industry · BaxterStorey Ireland – catering services for business, industry and education · BaxterStorey Scotland – catering services for business, industry and education · Benugo – New York style deli with retail outlets and restaurants in leading leisure venues · Searcys – one of the UK’s most prestigious catering companies with a world-famous reputation for catering and hospitality at iconic, exclusive venues for hire throughout the UK · Holroyd Howe – catering and hospitality services for independent schools and colleges · Caterlink – catering and hospitality services for state education including day nurseries, primary, secondary, colleges and universities · Portico Corporate Reception Management – a reception management and guest services outsourcing solution · WSH Restaurants – a dedicated commercial restaurant division

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