by The Craft Guild Of Chefs
Sep 27th, 2021
6 mins

At a special one-off celebration, the Craft Guild of Chefs will “Recognise the Culinary Heroes” who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic. Forty-four chefs nominated by their peers and colleagues, and selected by a panel of judges, were guests at an exclusive reception and ceremony on Thursday night (23rd September) at the renowned Landing Forty Two at The Leadenhall Building in London.

The Craft Guild of Chefs chose specifically to rename their annual awards for this year, to recognise the work of chefs across the country who have worked tirelessly to put people and their community first. They asked people to nominate chefs who volunteered or refocused their business to support the public or essential workers, or worked with charities and food banks to feed key workers or the vulnerable, those who spearheaded fundraising efforts, and chefs who supported colleagues in overcoming mental health and wellbeing issues.

David Mulcahy, VP Craft Guild of Chefs and co-director of the event, said: “The last year has brought unprecedented challenges and adversity for the entire country. Yet we have seen heroes across the country from all walks of life who exemplify everything that is great and caring about our society, and we’re delighted to honour the chefs among them.”

His fellow co-director of the awards, Steve Munkley VP Craft Guild of Chefs added: “We are increasingly aware of great self-sacrifice and community spirit our chefs have demonstrated. Landing Forty Two is the UK’s highest events space, with stunning views across the Thames and London skyline from 500ft above the City. I can think of no better place to celebrate the heights these chefs have reached in service to the community.”

The winning chefs, who work in many different settings across the industry, were awarded a special badge of recognition and a three-year membership to the Craft Guild of Chefs. The traditional Craft Guild of Chefs Awards will return in June 2022.

List of winners:

Adriano Carvalho Sunrise of Sonning – Sunrise Senior Living
Alan Thomas Sodexo
Amber Francis Brawn Restaurant
Andrew Bradley Bradleys Catering Services
Anthony Gascoigne North Hertfordshire College
Anthony Hart BaxterStorey
Bronwyn Jones RAF Club
Charlie Taylor Aulis, Simon Rogan
Chris Mapp The Tickled Trout
Damian Broom, Ryan Haines and Alan Vass Seaham Hall Hotel
Danny Francomb New City College
Darren Marshall Thomas Franks
David Croft Haven for Others
David Hearn ESS Offshore
Dean Collins Thomas Franks
Debbie Talbot Gourmet Classic Limited
Diana Covelli Cuellar Lexington Catering
Enzo Oliveri Enzo’s Kitchen
Ernest Oparoacha Compassion London
Floriberto Sánchez Caicedo Lexington Catering
Gavin Tarbox Thomas Franks
Graham Mitchell The Newmachar Hotel
Holly East The Old White Hart @ Lyddington
James Eaves University of Warwick
James Pate Thomas Franks
Jomon Kuriakose The Lalit London
Junior Menezes Chef Jr Menezes
Louise Wagstaffe Delicious by Design
Martyn Nail Claridges Hotel
Miranda Godfrey Westminster Kingsway College
Neil Tyson HMP Wandsworth
Omar Allibhoy Tapas Revolution
Paul Obrien The London Clinic
Peter McKenna The Gannet, Glasgow
Phil Jones Pop-up Picnics, Chester
Rebecca Marshman Rondeau Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa
Sean Noonan The Mere, Cheshire
Simon McKinnon-Brahams The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton
Simon Turton Lexington Catering
Stephen Betts HMPPS, HMP North Sea Camp
Stephen Reidie Thomas Franks
Steven Cross Park Community School
Stuart Howard Thomas Franks
Sudha Saha Entouraj Restaurant, Droitwich
Tom Aikens Only A Pavement Away


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