There was cause for celebration last week as our account manager Alex Borley was recognised with the Foodservice Cateys first Rising Star Award.
The annual awards ceremony, run by hospitality magazine The Caterer, at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge saw hundreds of industry colleagues attend the black-tie event last Friday. The awards recognise the individual trailblazers and innovative companies that go above and beyond.
Fighting off stiff competition from some of the finest future stars in hospitality, Alex was awarded Rising Star to a standing ovation. Alex joined our Graduate programme three years ago, where he was given his first role mobilising a flagship location and managing a team of 28, aged just 24.
The judges praised him for his exceptional engagement and impressive ability to stay on top of industry trends, going above and beyond to deliver client expectations. Alex recently introduced a ‘Thirsty Thursday’ themed bar at his flagship location, as well as silent discos, drag events to celebrate LGBT month and stand-up comedy. Working closely with our street food network, Alex invites numerous suppliers to host pop ups and launched ‘The Wagon’, an on-site truck serving a daily street food offer.
Congratulations to our executive chef Scott Dineen who was shortlisted for the Chef Award and commis chef Esther Smith for the Trainee Chef Award.
Alex said of his award: “I was genuinely surprised to hear I’d been shortlisted for the FS Cateys, let alone to have gone on to win the award! I’ve been lucky enough to work within a brilliant team over the last few years and had some fantastic mentors who have given me the opportunities to prove myself. I’m looking forward to my new challenge as Account Manager and hope to take my career to the next level with the business over the coming years.
“Aside from my day job, I’d love to inspire more people to follow a career path in hospitality – it’s a great industry for anyone with the right attitude and approach, that is often overlooked”.
Co-chief executive Noel Mahony said: “We are delighted that Alex has been recognised with this richly deserved Award. Training and development are the foundations of our business, and since joining our Graduate scheme, Alex’s enthusiasm to keep pushing the boundaries of service excellence has never wavered. To have three of our team as finalists in the FoodService Cateys has made us all incredibly proud, and we are delighted to celebrate their successes with the industry”.