The Burnt Chef Project launches Hospitality’s Mental Health Heroes Awards

Kris Hall

The Burnt Chef Project

Premium Supplier 30th November 2023
Kris Hall

The Burnt Chef Project

Premium Supplier

The Burnt Chef Project launches Hospitality’s Mental Health Heroes Awards

Having championed mental health support and worked tirelessly to reduce the stigma around mental health in hospitality on a global stage, The Burnt Chef Project is now recognising those individuals and businesses who’ve gone the extra mile with an all-new awards ceremony. 

Hospitality’s Mental Health Heroes Awards will feature eight unique categories and is encouraging nominations from hospitality individuals and businesses that have taken exceptional steps in the past twelve months.

Held in association with headline partner, Talent Hive, The Burnt Chef Project’s Hospitality’s Mental Health Heroes Awards will take place during the glitz and glamour of the Love Hospitality Gala Dinner, on the 25th March 2024, the first evening of HRC 2024, at ExCel London. 

Having recently announced the second gala dinner, Love Hospitality, Kris Hall, CEO and Founder of The Burnt Chef Project said: “The Burnt Chef Project was initially set up to help raise awareness of the mental health challenges faced by those in the hospitality industry and eradicate the mental stigma that exists. During this time, we’ve seen hundreds of examples of incredible, selfless and honourable actions taken by those across the sector. As such, it was only right that we looked at a way to celebrate these individuals and businesses in a way that recognised the efforts they make to put wellbeing at the centre of their workplaces. The first Burnt Chef Project Awards, in association with Talent Hive allow us to do just that. A night of celebration, joy and recognition, which will bring together hundreds of operators, suppliers and industry stakeholders in one place.”

Joining hundreds of the hospitality industry’s most influential individuals, the finalists will be treated to a showstopping evening of celebration, where the winners will be announced. 

On partnering with The Burnt Chef Project, Will Gennard, Managing Director of Talent Hive comments:

“We’ve long been a proud advocate of The Burnt Chef Project. The work that Kris and the team have done over the past four years has been nothing short of extraordinary when it comes to supporting those with mental health challenges and working to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health in the hospitality industry – not just here in the UK, but around the world.

The opportunity to partner with The Burnt Chef Project and become the official sponsor of the inaugural Hospitality’s Mental Health Heroes Awards was too good to miss. We’re looking forward to being part of the judging process, seeing first-hand the incredible work of businesses and individuals in our great and vibrant sector before the real celebrations happen in London in March.” 

Nominations are open now, with an opportunity for individuals and businesses to self-nominate, as well for those looking to highlight the great work of others. Nominations close on 20th January 2024 with a shortlist being announced in early February. 

The winners of the eight categories will be announced at the Love Hospitality Gala Dinner on Monday 25th March 2024. 

Category winners will be recognised with an exclusive ‘Mental Health Hero’ badge, as well as enjoying an opportunity to share their experience with the wider hospitality community. 

Award Categories 
 ● Best Mental Health in the Workplace Strategy (SME) 
● Best Mental Health in the Workplace Strategy (Large) 
● Most Inspiring Leader 
● Most Inspiring Wellbeing Champion/Peer 
● Unsung Hero 
● Inspirational Story 
● Outstanding Impact in Catering Education 
● Ambassador of the Year Award 2023 

To find out more and to nominate an individual or business, please visit 

To find out more about the work done by The Burnt Chef Project, please visit

In these challenging times…

The Staff Canteen team are taking a different approach to keeping our website independent and delivering content free from commercial influence. Our Editorial team have a critical role to play in informing and supporting our audience in a balanced way. We would never put up a paywall and restrict access – The Staff Canteen is open to all and we want to keep bringing you the content you want; more from younger chefs, more on mental health, more tips and industry knowledge, more recipes and more videos. We need your support right now, more than ever, to keep The Staff Canteen active. Without your financial contributions this would not be possible.

Over the last 12 years, The Staff Canteen has built what has become the go-to platform for chefs and hospitality professionals. As members and visitors, your daily support has made The Staff Canteen what it is today. Our features and videos from the world’s biggest name chefs are something we are proud of. We have over 500,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social channels, each connecting with chefs across the world. Our editorial and social media team are creating and delivering engaging content every day, to support you and the whole sector - we want to do more for you.

A single coffee is more than £2, a beer is £4.50 and a large glass of wine can be £6 or more.

Support The Staff Canteen from as little as £1 today. Thank you.