There was cause for double celebrations for the WSH family at the FoodService Cateys, as two hospitality stars within the business were recognised with the industry’s highest accolades.
Rik Razza, Head of Chef Training and Development at BaxterStorey, won the Training Award for his support and development of talent at every level across the business. Collecting his award to a standing ovation, Rik makes it the third time BaxterStorey have won the accolade in four years. Rik has created and implemented our Chef Academy, which provides aspirational training and career development for chefs across BaxterStorey locations.
Rik said: “I am incredibly proud to have been acknowledged with the Training Award. The Chef Academy is about investing in our people to reach their full potential within our business. To watch our chefs grow confidence and develop their skills to become talented creative entrepreneurs, has been very rewarding and one of the most enjoyable parts of my role.”
Simon Esner was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award for his work as Director at WSH.
Presenting his award was BaxterStorey co-CEO Noel Mahony, who told the audience of Simon’s commitment not only to nurturing rising talent within the business, but his commitment to and passion as patron for industry charities Springboard and Hospitality Action.
Commenting on his win, Simon said: “I started working in this amazing profession as a kitchen porter and thanks to the support of truly inspiring people, I have learned skills and progressed up the ranks within the business side of our industry. I am humbled and overwhelmed to be recognised with this award and am proud to be part of such an innovative and exciting sector”.
One of the highest benchmarks within the hospitality industry, the Foodservice Cateys are in their fifth year. The prestigious awards were held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London and recognised individuals from across the UK hospitality industry nominated, selected and awarded by peers, rewarding those who have gone above and beyond.