Head hospitality chef, Anthony Hart, has been recognised as a Culinary Hero at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards, for going above and beyond during the pandemic.
The culinary heroes were nominated by their peers and selected as winners by a panel of judges at the awards ceremony at the renowned Landing Forty Two, the Leadenhall Building in London.
The Craft Guild of Chefs chose specifically to rename their annual awards for this year, to recognise the work of chefs across the country who have worked tirelessly to put people and their community first.
Anthony was praised by judges for volunteering as a Covid champion in his community of Twyford. Anthony helped an 84-year-old gentleman in his road by doing his weekly food shop, painting the downstairs of his house and took him for his vaccine; and continues to support him today.
Spearheading fundraising efforts, Anthony supports Twyford Roundtable in organising seasonal events to raise money for local charities, from fireworks displays and online quizzes, to drive-in cinemas and Santa’s sleigh tours. Three 3D printers were also purchases for a local child that made visors for the NHS. It’s with thanks to Anthony’s support that the organisation has raised over £20,000 during the pandemic.
Anthony also became an ambassador for The Burnt Chef Project in July 2020, with the aim of raising awareness and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health in the hospitality sector.
Commenting on the recognition, Anthony said: “It was amazing to even be nominated and be recognised for my work over the past 18 months in helping my local community. When my name was read out, I was delighted! It’s an honour to be named a Culinary Hero and to know I’ve made a positive impact on people’s lives during what was such a challenging year”.
David Mulcahy, vice president of the Craft Guild of Chefs and co-director of the event, said: “The last year has brought unprecedented challenges and adversity for the entire country. Yet we have seen heroes across the country from all walks of life who exemplify everything that is great and caring about our society, and we’re delighted to honour the chefs among them.”
Anthony was awarded a special badge of recognition and a three-year membership to the Craft Guild of Chefs.