The Craft Guild of Chefs Honours and Awards were announced at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) where over 100 guests enjoyed lunch at the Hilton Waldorf on Sunday 23rd April 2023.
Other winners included:
Rising Stars: Awarded to young people, members or non-members, who have been recognised as potential stars of the future. Winners: Jessica Simpson, Sophie White, George Baldwin Eddie, Beth Disley Jones, Mae Dionio, Theo Hadjitofi and Liam Rodgers.
Local Hero: Awarded to members who work tirelessly on Guild business in their local area or chosen field and often go unnoticed. Winner: Dave Chalk
National Hero: Awarded to a member who has worked tirelessly over a long period of time to promote the Guild and the Guild’s ethics. Winner: Murray Chapman
Diploma for Support: Awarded to non-members for their continued support and assistance in the promotion of the aims and objectives of the Craft Guild of Chefs. Winners: Robert Welch Knives and World Skills.
Bronze Award: Awarded to a member who is actively involved in the work of the Craft Guild of Chefs, nationally or locally. Winners: Rick Owens and Will Torrent.
Silver Award: Awarded to a member who is actively involved in the work of the Craft Guild of Chefs, nationally or locally. Winners: Len Unwin, Jim Eaves, Graham Crump and Sydney Aldridge.
Governor: A Governorship is awarded to Fellows with at least 20 years of Craft Guild membership, who have given outstanding service to the Guild or held a principal, divisional or national office, or have served on the committee of management, rendering distinguished service in doing so. Winner: Dennis Mwakulua
Honorary Membership: Awarded to non-members who have rendered outstanding service to the Craft Guild of Chefs. Winners: Steve Love and Michael Coaker.
Company Award: Presented to Business Partners who have shown significant support and involvement with the Craft Guild of Chefs over the past year. Winners: Alliance, Meiko, Essential Cuisine and Lakeland Dairies.
50th Year Membership: Awarded to members for their outstanding and continued membership and support of The Craft Guild of Chefs. Winners: Roy Perritt and Pauline Tucker.
Chairman’s Shield: Awarded to a Catering training organisation, nominated by the National Chairperson, who have clearly demonstrated qualities and outcomes that mark them out for this award. Winner: Central Bedfordshire College.
President’s Trophy: This is awarded to any establishment for outstanding Food and Service. This award is nominated by the Chairperson of the Vice Presidents Council. Winner: Belfast Metropolitan College.
Special Award: Awarded by the Vice Presidents’ Council in recognition of achievements made in promoting the aims and objectives of the Craft Guild of Chefs. Winner: Steve Careford.
Order of Merit: This is the highest award given by the Vice Presidents’ Council for meritorious and outstanding service in furthering the aims and objectives of the Craft Guild of Chefs over a long period of time (minimum 25 years). This award is only given in exceptional circumstances. Winner: Maria Drury.