About Us. Our Patrons.
Patrons are the backbone of the charity. Connecting us to the industry, inspiring us and guiding our mission.
Jason was an Executive Chef at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Maze up until 2010. His flagship restaurant ‘Pollen Street Social’ opened in April 2011 in Mayfair and was awarded a coveted Michelin star within just six months. Jason now owns numerous successful restaurants across London including ‘Social Eating House’ and ‘Hai Cenato’ as well as a restaurant in Dubai and in The Philippines.+ -
Tom opened The Hand and Flowers in 2005, a proper pub with proper food, which was the first pub to be awarded two Michelin stars. In 2014 Tom opened The Coach, 200 meters down the road from The Hand and Flowers. A fantastic sister restaurant built with the same ethos and drive for British produce, food and drink. Tom has also hosted numerous TV shows including “Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food” on BBC 2 and is the author of three best-selling cookbooks.+ -
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. BBC 2 and is the author of three best-selling cookbooks.+ -
Phil is passionate about many things, his family and rugby are unquestionably top of the list, but food, farming, eating well and inspiring healthy lifestyle choices, especially amongst the young, are also very close to Phil’s heart. Phil has been an active supporter of Hospitality Action and he has taken part in the charity’s annual Le Tour de Cuisine, Cotswold Cycle Challenge and Rugby Legends fundraising dinner. aAs Non-Executive Director at Creed Foodservice, Phil has a unique understanding of the varying needs of the industry and is well placed to help the charity reach its fundraising goals across 2019 and beyond.+ -
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 became the charity’s Principal Patron for 7 years following his dedicated support of the charity and the Ark Foundation.+ -
Michael is chef/patron of Lympstone Manor and is one of Britain’s most popular and well-known chefs. The holder of two Michelin stars for 18 consecutive years, he was awarded a Michelin star for Lympstone Manor just six months after opening. Michael has appeared regularly on television on programmes such as “Saturday Kitchen”, “Sunday Brunch” and “The Great British Menu” and amongst numerous accolades, he as cooked in 10 Downing Street for the Prime Minister, received an MBE for services to the hospitality industry, and was awarded AA Chef’s Chef of the Year in 2007.+ -
After graduating Patrick joined Forte hotels and worked his way up to Managing Director of the UK. Patrick has since held many prestigious roles including CEO of Restaurant Associates with Compass Group UK and Ireland, Managing Director of Marriott UK, Managing Director of Premier Inn and Managing Director of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants. In 2012 Patrick was awarded an OBE for his services to Hospitality.+ -
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.+ -
Jeremy has managed and opened luxury hotels around the world, with Four Seasons, Rosewood and Belmond.
He is co-founder of HotelSchool a joint venture with London’s largest homeless resource centre, The Passage. HotelSchool teaches homeless and vulnerable people hospitality skills, and carefully mentors graduates into full time careers in the industry.+ -
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.+ -
Angela’s career in hospitality started in the kitchens at Aubergine, Zafferano, L’Oranger and Petrus, where she became head chef within seven short months, helping the restaurant to achieve a Michelin Star. She was awarded an MBE in 2007.
As a Chef-Proprietor Angela has built a hugely successful business. Murano has won accolades including a Michelin Star and 4 AA Rosettes; whilst she also runs 3 bustling Cafe Murano sites and a deli, Pastificio. Her other successful venture, Hartnett Holder & Co, developed in partnership with Robin Hutson, and with Chef Luke Holder continues to go from strength to strength.+ -
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 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 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 gained an HND degree in hotel and catering management in 1976. He moved into communication roles and rose to the position of Communications Director at Sodexo UK and Ireland before becoming Corporate Affairs Director in 2004. Phil left Sodexo in 2017 to start his own company, Phil Hooper Associates, working with tech start ups to develop their services within the hospitality sector.+ -
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 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 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. After nearly 25 years as MD and then Chairman of Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa Harry has recently retired from this role and acts as a mentor to future generations of hoteliers.+ -
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.+ -
Robert is the President of The Restaurant Association which provides professional guidance to members and represents their views to Government. Robert is also proprietor of Trunkwell Mansion House in Reading, Chairman of the Nth Degree Club.+ -
Viscount 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 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.+ -
Alain Roux, son of the late Michel Roux OBE, continues and elevates the illustrious Roux cooking dynasty. After an apprenticeship in pastry, Alain spent seven years working hard in some of France’s most notable kitchens, including La Côte Saint-Jacques in Joigny and Restaurant Pic in Valence. Joining his father’s legendary Thameside restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, The Waterside Inn in 1992, Alain worked through the ranks before becoming joint chef patron with his father in 2000. A couple of years later, Alain took over and leads the team today. Since 2000, Alain has been a Master Pâtissier in the International Association Relais Desserts, ranking him one of only 100 listed best pastry chefs in the world.
Alain is a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, Britain's leading professional association of Head Chefs, Pastry Chefs, Restaurant Managers and suppliers.+ -