It's time to look ahead and to recognise and celebrate the individuals, teams and businesses shaping the hospitality industry.
Since their inception in 1984, the Cateys have cast a spotlight on the industry’s high flyers, strongest performers and hottest brands. Over more than a quarter of a century, they have become a byword for quality, class and achievement, the awards that everybody wants to win. No wonder then that the industry refers to them as its Oscars Night.
We all need role models in our working lives, people and businesses we can look up to and learn from. This week we start the search for a fresh set of hospitality industry exemplars as we launch the call for entries for the Cateys – which take place on Tuesday 2nd July 2013.
Why does winning a Catey mean so much? Because recipients are nominated, selected and rewarded by their industry peers. A Catey statue on your mantelpiece symbolises Caterer readers’ collective desire to recognise your efforts in supporting and developing the UK's hospitality scene.
Do you know of an individual, business or organisation that is worthy of shouting about? If so, we want to hear from you. This website helps you understand more about the Cateys, find past winners of these prestigious awards and their sponsors.
Mark Lewis, Group Editor, Caterer and Hotelkeeper
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- The surprise element, coupled with the congratulations from industry colleages from past and present, has made the Catey Award a hugely magical and humbling experience in one. I'll never forget the occasion.
Winner of Education and Training Award - David Cochrane, Chief Executive, HIT Scotland
- It's the best moment when you achieve something of note in an industry you care so much about - like opening your first business. Being recognised by others in that industry gives a huge sense of pride. The Catey Award was a real milestone for all of us.
Winner of Pub and Bar Award - Lee Cash, Founder, Peach Pubs
- It was a lovely and unexpected honour to walk onto the brightly lit stage and collect a Catey Award in 2012. The event is such a lavish production and it is difficult not to get swept along with the mood of excitement and celebration. It felt great to be in the company of so many restaurant luminaries too. I'm now just waiting for the organisers to realise their mistake and ask for the award back.
Winner of Newcomer Award - Russell Norman, Restaurateur, Polpo
- In 1987 I was shortlisted for my first Catey. I did not win, but being a guest at the event made me realise what a wonderful award the Catey really is. I vowed to return and win one and and it was brilliant and a great surprise when in the following year I won the Foodservice Catey. The Cateys are very special and it is a huge honour to win an award and our success in the 2012 Group Marketing Award was nothing short of fantastic.
Winner of Best Group Marketing Campaign - Arnold Fewell, Managing Director, AVF Marketing Ltd
- We were delighted to win a Catey for Menu of the Year Award. It is a great acknowledgement of the huge effort our team puts into the menu at Quo Vadis, week in week out. Both Eddie and I were extremely pleased for Jeremy Lee, our new Head Chef and Partner, to be recognised so soon after starting with us.
Winner of Menu of the Year - Sam Hart, Owner, Quo Vadis
- This is an award for every hospital caterer and I want to dedicate it to everyone in ISS Healthcare, without whom I could not do my job properly. Together, I really believe that we have made a difference and that today the patient is at the forefront of what we do. The Catey Awards have a far reaching effect as I have received many hundreds of letters and emails of congratulations, including texts and phonecalls from some people that I haven't heard from for 20 years plus.
Winner of Public Sector Caterer Award - Andy Jones, Service Development Director, ISS Facility Services Healthcare
- This is the most highly acclaimed hospitality recognition in the United Kingdom and it is the ultimate accolade for us to have been awarded Hotel of the Year 2012 by such a prestigious publication as the Caterer and Hotelkeeper. Winning a Catey Award is not only the most meaningful industry award, it is also a great motivator for each and every member on our deserving team.
Winner of Hotel of the Year - Group - John Stauss, Regional Vice President and General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
- I am extremely proud that the efforts of our team to provide an equal level of service and experience to all guests staying at Chewton Glen have been recognised with this prestigious award. It is heartening that our work to overcome a number of physical barriers experienced by guests with disabilities through good staff training, an open minded attitude and having a team who take a proactive approach to understanding the needs of guests, have been rewarded with this fabulous award.
Winner of Accessibility Award - Andrew Stembridge, Managing Director, Chewton Glen
- Being awarded a Catey was a great honour. It's a great feather in the cap for all the Catering Team that work tirelessly to keep pushing the boundaries on sourcing ingredients off our own farm & generating innovative recycling schemes. The fact the University catering sector has been included in these prestigious awards further confirms the huge strides in standards our sector is making.
Winner of Sustainable Business Award - David Nuttall, General Catering Manager, Harper Adams University College
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