The great and the good of the UK catering industry headed to BAFTA London on Tuesday, September 12th, for the second annual Sports & Leisure Catering Awards.
During the past 12 months, SLC magazine has travelled the length and breadth of the country to find those sports and leisure caterers taking food and beverage to new heights, and we were not disappointed.
Some 200 guests packed out the illustrious Piccadilly venue for a night of congratulations with industry peers celebrating the fast-paced and inventive sector.
Firstly, guests were treated to a live interview with Levy Restaurants UK creative director Roy Westwood, who outlined the challenges and visions for catering in large venues, while also highlighting some of the spectacular plans for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s new stadium, which could become the most hospitality and catering focused in the country.
With representatives from SLC Awards sponsors – Whitco Catering and Bakery Equipment, Planglow, Lantmännen Unibake, Carpigiani, The Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Company and Dr. Oetker – handing out awards, presenter Mark Durden-Smith set about announcing the 2017 winners.
THE 2017 SLC AWARDS WINNERS:
CHEF OF THE YEAR
• Neil Ashton – Amadeus
CORPORATE HOSPITALITY EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR
• The Gatsby Club, The Championships, Wimbledon
EVENT CATERER OF THE YEAR
• NFL Series, Wembley Stadium – Delaware North
HERITAGE & ARTS ESTABLISHMENT OF THE YEAR
• Birmingham Hippodrome
• One Event Management
MENU OF THE YEAR
• Rum & Sugar, Museum of London Docklands – Ampersand
STADIA & ARENA OF THE YEAR
• BT Murrayfield
SLC CATERER OF THE YEAR
Sports & Leisure Catering magazine editor Joe Bill said: “It was great to see so many new faces at the awards, as well as those returning for the second year.
“The levels of catering excellence and hospitality we have seen across UK attractions and sports arenas have surpassed last year, and that is all we can ask. The innovative approach caterers have taken to things like retail, kiosks and concessions have helped take the service to another level.
“This year we had entries from stadia, theatres, National Trust properties, racecourses and independent entertainment venues, showing just how diverse the sector is, but they all had one thing in common – a desire to push forward and improve their offer. Congratulations to all of our winners.”
Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a great night.