It was a night of huge celebrations at the 2018 FoodService Cateys, as the BaxterStorey family scooped an impressive three Awards, including ‘Business and Industry Caterer of the Year’.
The annual awards ceremony, run by hospitality magazine The Caterer, at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge saw hundreds of industry colleagues attend the glitzy black-tie event last Friday, which recognises the individual trailblazers and innovative companies going above and beyond.
This year the Awards saw eight nominees across six categories, an incredible achievement for our talented teams across the business.
Awarded Regional Manager of the Year to a roaring ovation, was Operations Director Greg Bramwell. Having worked in foodservice for the past 25 years, Greg is now responsible for over 680 team members across 51 locations, including in London, Manchester and Leeds.
Greg is a big advocate of talent development and encourages his team to progress within their roles. His key achievements include hiring 13 managers from our Graduate Programme, and producing four UK Barista Championship finalists, who have also retained BaxterStorey Barista of the Year title for three out of four years.
Greg said of his award: “Winning a Foodservice Catey award cements 25 years of hard work and commitment to our fabulous industry. I am humbled to have received such industry peer recognition – the Foodservice Cateys really are the food Oscars.
“My 14 years with BaxterStorey have been the best years of my career, and I’m grateful that the business has always believed in me. I am so appreciative of the hard work delivered by our talented teams to all of our loyal clients and customers daily – without their passion, such recognition is never possible”.
Rapturous applause broke out as chef Simon Boyle, founder of Beyond Food and Brigade restaurant on London’s Tooley Street, was presented with the Extra Mile Award. He was praised for his extraordinary effort in helping adults break the cycle of poverty by giving them the training, skills and the support they need to move into employment.
Simon set up the two businesses eight years ago after being inspired to use food as a stimulus for social change. Backed by PwC and managed by us, Beyond Food and Brigade deliver professional and inspirational training programmes for people who have experienced, or are at risk of, homelessness.
Simon said of his win: “I was greatly surprised and humbled by the acknowledgement of my work. The Extra Mile Award is incredible recognition for my commitment to using amazing food positively to change the lives of people with complex needs. I love the hospitality industry and the many opportunities it can provide vulnerable people to help move their lives forward successfully”.
We were also awarded ‘Business and Industry Caterer of the Year’ for our commitment for creating more bespoke training opportunities, and our innovation around driving behaviour change through initiatives such as food waste reduction to energy efficiencies.
Co chief-executive Noel Mahony said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Business and Industry Caterer of the Year Foodservice Catey on Friday night. Our teams work incredibly hard to support our clients and customers while keeping our offer fresh and innovative.
“We are continuously looking at new ways to support the development of our people and this year has seen the launch of our newest Academy focusing on front of house service skills. Our continued dedication to food provenance, supporting British farming along with our commitment to becoming a more sustainable business are even more important today and a number of our recent initiatives have come directly from our teams across the business.
“It is a privilege to work with our amazing people, and it is thanks to them and their dedication that we credit this magnificent win”.