Craft Guild of Chefs appoints Andrew Bennett as National Chairman and honours members with awards

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Premium Supplier 19th April 2018

Craft Guild of Chefs appoints Andrew Bennett as National Chairman and honours members with awards

The Craft Guild of Chefs held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and members award ceremony to celebrate the hard work and commitment of their members over the past 12 months. Both took place at The Victory Services Club in London.

The AGM gathered key representatives of the guild, appointing Andrew Bennett as National Chairman and Nick Vadis as National Vice Chair of the association.

Andrew Bennett, new Chair of Craft Guild of Chefs said:
“I am delighted to be appointed the new Chair of Craft Guild of Chefs. I have worked in this industry a long time and look forward to sharing my ideas and hope to be influential to the guild and its members.”
Following the AGM, the awards ceremony took place, acknowledging many young rising chefs who are seen to be potential stars of the future in the industry, to members who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution and commitment to the guild.

Andrew Green, Craft Guild of Chefs’ director of operations was proud to present Audrey Dawber (pictured above) with her award for 50 years of membership.

Green comments:
“I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Audrey for her continued support for the work of the Craft Guild of Chefs.”
Michael Eyre, diploma award recipient (picture left) added; “Very proud to be on that list.” Eyre won this award for being a member who continually promotes the Guild’s aims.

Every year a Gold Award is presented to a member for their long and outstanding service to the Craft Guild of Chefs. The nominee must have held an organising position on any of the Craft Guild’s committees and a member for at least 10 years. This year this honoured Steve Love, Concept Development Chef from McCormick Flavour Group, Europe.
Love shared his delight in winning the award:
“I was very surprised to have been awarded the Craft Guild of Chefs Gold award this week. To be recognised by my peers is a great honour and I am genuinely elated. To be able to make a contribution to this great industry is something I do with a glad heart but to receive an award such as this for my efforts is truly humbling.”

Full list of winners:
Rising Stars
Young people who have been recognised as potential stars of the future
• Danny Young
• Gilles Varone
• Hannah Catley

Local Heroes
Awarded to members who work tirelessly on Guild business in their local area or chosen field and often go unnoticed
• Jack Wright

National Hero
A member who has worked tirelessly over a long period of time to promote the Guild and its ethics
• Alan Shipman

Diploma for Support
Awarded to non-members for their continued support and assistance in promoting the aims and objectives of the Craft Guild of Chefs
• The team for World Skills: Linda Thomas, Rod Naylor, Maggie Darroch, Willie McCurrach, John Cousins, Cathy MacArthur, Steve Cannell, Stuart McLoad, David Houghton
• Michael Coaker - Len Unwin - John Penn
• Diane Lane
• Jordon Powell
• Sam Jones
• Karen Browne
• Kulsum Hussin
• Sous Vide Tools team
• Churchill China
• Norwegian Seafood
• Flagship Europe

Members who continually promote the Guild’s aims
• Matt Wilby
• Mark Heirs
• Michael Eyre

Bronze Award
A member who is actively involved in the work of the Craft Guild of Chefs, nationally or locally
• Mark Reynolds
• Steve Reid
• Nigel Boschetti
• Russell Batemen
• Dave Chalk
• Phil Dixon
• Ian Snedden
• Gary Jones

Silver Award
Awarded to any member in an organising capacity and for the furtherance of the aims of the Craft Guild of Chefs
• John Feeney
• Omero Gallucci
• Terry Woolcock
• Kevin Byrne
• Bill Vickers
• Harry Lomas

Gold Award
Awarded for long and outstanding service to the Craft Guild of Chefs. The nominee must have held an organising position on any of the Craft Guild’s committees (minimum 10 years membership)
• Steve Love

Based on the recommendation of suitably qualified Guild members, which is made on merit
• Omero Gallucci

Awarded to Fellows with at least 20 years membership who have given outstanding service to the Guild or held a principal, divisional or national office position
• Ken Demmen
• Alan Melville

Honorary Membership
Persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Craft Guild of Chefs
• Clare Smyth
• Alan Reynolds

Company Award
Business Partners who have shown significant support and involvement with the Guild over the past year
• Eurilait Ltd
• Quorn Foods
• Mars Foods

Chairman’s Shield
A college/catering establishment, which has demonstrated the most outstanding student results during 2017 (nominated by the Craft Guild of Chefs Chairman)
• Loughborough College

President’s Trophy
Any Establishment with outstanding food and service
• House of Commons

50th Year Membership
Members who have demonstrated outstanding and continued membership and support
• Audrey Dawber

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
• Don Irwin

The Craft Guild of Chefs will hold their 25th annual awards on Monday 4th June at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London where they will again recognise more influential figures in the industry.
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