It was a night full of loud cheers and elation as we celebrated the talented teams and individuals who go above and beyond for our business.
Now in it’s fourth year, the glitzy black-tie awards held at 116 Pall Mall in London recognises individuals, from talented chefs and front of house stars, to dedicated kitchen porters and health and safety champions.
Award categories included Chef Manager of the Year, Rising Star, Kitchen Porter of the Year and Team of the Year. ASOS were delighted to take home the Team of the Year Award for their enthusiasm to embrace new trends, including DIY doughnut pop ups and the introduction of a click and collect coffee app for customers to order from their desks.
Lamin Bojang was awarded Kitchen Porter of the Year, for continually going above and beyond his KP duties. The true definition of an unsung hero, Lamin as been the backbone of the Addleshaw Goddard team for 11 years. General manager Lily Bell was recognised as Rising Star to a standing ovation. Two years into her career and responsible for a team of 35, Lily was recognised for her incredible business drive and recent launch of a 24-hour in-house food delivery service.
Committed to her team’s development, Orla O’Donoghue took home the Manager of the Year Award and the Innovation Award was awarded to street food agency FUEL for bringing innovation to the heart of our client businesses.
With his enthusiasm for the industry both infectious and inspiring, Scott Dineen was awarded Chef of the Year alongside our Front of House Star Johnny Dulhan. A true advocate for driving safety performance and awareness not just at his location but across the wider business in Scotland, David McVey was awarded this year’s Health and Safety Champion.
Chef manager Chris Tanton was delighted to be named Chef Manager of the Year, recognised for his confidence in the kitchen and investment in regular team training. A true inspiration with a passion for giving awareness talks inspiring young adults with Downs Syndrome, Sam Ross was presented with the Community Award to a standing ovation.
The Awards concluded with Rik Razza, head of chef development, being announced as winner of our prestigious BaxterStorey Award. The award identifies an outstanding individual who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to improving the business and wider industry. Rik has been instrumental in the development of the Chef Academy, being flexible enough to take it on the road and successfully launching it in Scotland.
Commenting on his win, Rik said: “Thank you all so much. It has been an incredible journey and I have loved every minute of it. I have always said I love this business and BaxterStorey has given me the best platform to work on. I have a great team that I work with every day and without them I would not be stood up here today. Thank you to everyone that has come through the Chef’s Academy, without your support it would be impossible to do what we do.”
To mark the momentous occasion, Benugo created an exquisite three-course menu celebrating the best of seasonal British produce. Guests enjoyed:
Spiced sweet potato hummus, crisp chickpeas, padron peppers, pickled carrots
Lamb rump, Boulangère potatoes, rose harissa, aubergine, labneh
Caramelised cauliflower, dates, sherry, spinach, salted almonds (vegan)
Sticky toffee pudding, walnut tuile, vanilla ice cream
Congratulations to all our talented superstars!
BaxterStorey Award – Rik Razza
Chef of the Year – Scott Dineen
Chef Manager of the Year – Chris Tanton
Community Award – Sam Ross
Front of House Star of the Year – Johnny Dulhan
Health and Safety Champion of the Year – David McVey
Innovation of the Year – FUEL
Kitchen Porter of the Year – Lamin Bojang
Manager of the Year – Orla O’Donoghue
Rising Star of the Year – Lily Bell
Team of the Year Award – ASOS