After a fantastic year in the hospitality industry, last week we were delighted to attend the annual Cateys. The glamorous affair, which took place at the Grosvenor House on Park Lane, brings together the best of the industry under one roof to celebrate the last 12 months, and recognise its incredible achievements.

With a discerning audience featuring some of the most well known faces in the restaurant and hotel world, it is a brave man to take on the catering at such an event. The pleasure this year was Chef Patron of Umbel restaurant Group, Simon Rogan, whose team treated the c.1,200 guests a four-course feast including; a starter of pea, smoked pork and marigold, followed by an innovative fish course of cured mackerel, smoked eel, cucumber, capers and horseradish, sucking lamb shoulder, salt baked turnip and Jersey Royals, alliums and sheep’s milk for main course, and macerated strawberries with poached green rhubarb chamomile custard, green apple sorbet and hazelnut crumble for dessert. It was an absolute delight, paired with a sensational selection of wines from Matthew Clark.

It’s easy to get caught up chatting to old friends and colleagues, enjoying the wonderful meal and wines, and forget the reason you’re there – the awards! This year Claudia Winkleman kicked off the proceedings, congratulating winners of awards such as Best Employer, Health Nutrition Award, Hotel of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year, in her own warm and unique way. Among the nominees and winners were friends of The Hub, Neel Radia, nominated in the Public Sector Award and Julie Barker, with her team at the University of Brighton, which fought off tough completion to win the Sustainable Business Award. The evening rounded off with a Special Award for Rick Stein and his wife Jill, and the Lifetime Achievement Award going to industry veteran and founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Bea Tollman.

Congratulations to the team at The Caterer for another excellent event, and well done for raising a phenomenal £24,000 for this year’s extremely worthy appeal cause, The Alex Lewis Trust.

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