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Surinder Arora, Hotel Owner/Entrepreneur
Surinder founded Arora Hotels in 1999 and is now the founder of the largest hotel company at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. His Sofitel London Heathrow hotel is directly linked to Terminal 5 and was voted ‘Best New Business Hotel in the World’ in 2009 at the Business Traveller US Awards
Jason Atherton, Chef-proprietor
Jason was an Executive Chef at Gordon Ramsay’s??restaurant Maze up until 2010. In 2011 Londoners voted his restaurant Pollen Street Social as their favourite, based on its top quality food, good value and excellent service.
Raymond Blanc OBE, Chef-proprietor
Raymond opened his first restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in 1977 in Oxford and went on to win two Michelin stars. He opened The Raymond Blanc Cookery School in 1991, encouraging both amateurs and professionals to train with him and learn his secrets. In 2009 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Catey Awards, the??culinary world’s equivalent to The Oscars.
Heston Blumenthal OBE, HA Principal Patron, Chef-proprietor
Heston’s restaurant, The Fat Duck, was awarded three Michelin stars and was voted ‘Best Restaurant in the World’ in 2005. Having been a Patron of Hospitality Action since 2004, Heston has now become the charity’s Principal Patron following his dedicated support of the charity and the Ark Foundation.
Michael Caines MBE, Chef-proprietor
Michael was awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to the hospitality industry and was AA Chef of the Year in 2007. Michael is an Operational Partner and Director of ABode Hotels and Michael Caines Restaurants, in overall charge of all food and beverage operations throughout the fast-growing group. He is also Executive Chef at Gidleigh Park and The Bath Priory.
George Goring OBE, Former Chief Executive at the Goring Hotel
George was the backbone of the Goring Hotel for 43 years before handing over the title to his son, Jeremy. The family are praised for their hard work and dedication to the hotel’s clients by constantly improving their facilities and service. In 2010 George received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AA Hospitality Awards.
Sir Garry Hawkes CBE, Contract Caterer
Sir Garry is a former President of the British Hospitality Association. He has also been Chairman of the vocational training body the Edge, which is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning.
Nigel Haworth, Chef-proprietor
Nigel has been Head Chef at Northcote Manor since 1986. He was awarded his first Michelin Star in 1996 and has maintained this award to date. Nigel is a full member of the Academy of Culinary Arts and in 2006 received The Lifetime Achievement Award at the Northern Hospitality Awards.
Paul Heathcote MBE, Chef, Restaurateur and Food Consultant
Paul spent 12 years under the guidance of Raymond Blanc at his restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Since then he has been awarded two Michelin stars for his restaurant in Preston and in 1997 he opened the Paul Heathcote School of Excellence in Manchester.
Phil Hooper, Corporate Affairs Director, Sodexo UK and Ireland
Phil gained an HND degree in hotel and catering management in 1976. He moved into communication roles and rose to the role of Communications Director before taking on his current position in 2004. He is now responsible for all communications, including Sodexo’s 50,000 staff and 3,500 clients.
Donald Macdonald OBE, Executive Chairman, Macdonald Hotels
Donald co-founded the Macdonald hotel chain in 1990. Since then they have opened 75 hotels and resorts across the UK, as well as a further four timeshare resorts in Spain.
Anton Mosimann OBE, Chef, Restaurateur
Anton was Maître Chef des Cuisines at The Dorchester for thirteen years, after which he opened a cookery school and a private dining club in Belgravia. Most recently he was asked to cook for the 300 wedding guests at the evening reception of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.
Harry Murray MBE, Managing Director of Lucknam Park Hotel
Harry was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 for his service to the hotel industry. With more than 40 years in the hotel industry, Harry has marked his career with outstanding service and training. He is a past Chairman of the Master Innholders and was awarded Hotelier of the Year in 1986.
Jamie Oliver MBE, Chef, Television Personality, Restaurateur
Jamie found fame in 1997 via The Naked Chef television series. Since then Jamie has featured in various television series and opened numerous restaurants. He has also campaigned for healthier school meals and healthier living both in the UK and the US.
Michael Quinn MBE, Chef and Founder of The Ark Foundation
Michael, former Head Chef of The Ritz in London, turned the restaurant into one of the city’s top eateries. However, through stress, work pressure and unsociable hours, he turned to alcohol. During his recovery he decided that he wanted to put something back into the industry which for many years had provided him with work and therefore created The Ark Foundation.
Albert Roux OBE, Chef, Lecturer
Albert and his brother opened Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in Britain to receive three Michelin stars. Albert maintained the highest of standards across his restaurants and received the award for ‘Best Restaurant of the Year’ in 1988. Having retired Albert now lecturers at Bournemouth University, proving to be an inspiration to young cooks around the country.
Michel Roux OBE, Chef and Restaurateur
Michel is the co-owner of Le Gavroche with his brother Albert. He was awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de France for patisserie and an honorary OBE.
Delia Smith CBE, Cook and Television Presenter
Delia started off as a cookery writer for a newspaper column before writing her own cookery books and finally embarking on a successful television career. Her books are extremely popular and she has been known to have a massive impact on viewers and their subsequent consumerism.
Viscount Thurso MP, Member of Parliament for the Liberal Democrat Party
Prior to becoming a politician, John Thurso spent many years working in the hospitality industry. He managed the Lancaster in Paris before founding the hotel at Cliveden and before his election to Parliament in 2001 he was the CEO of the Champneys group.
Brian Turner CBE, Chef and Restaurateur
Brian trained in England before spending time in Europe. When he returned to the UK he worked at Claridge’s, before moving on to the Capital Hotel. He has been an Executive Chef at various establishments and has made numerous television appearances on shows such as Ready Steady Cook.