Williams Sponsor Young Chef of the Year 2014

Williams sponsor Young Chef of the Year 2014 at the annual Craft Guild of Chefs Awards.

Photo: (L to R) Malcolm Harling - Williams Sales & Marketing Director; Thomas Lawson collecting the Young Chef Award and craft Guild Chairman Christopher Basten

Williams sponsor Young Chef of the Year 2014 at the annual Craft Guild of Chefs Awards.

Williams Refrigeration were proud sponsors at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2014 on Wednesday, June 4th, with the prestigious gala dinner held at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, attended by more than 650 guests.

Sales & Marketing Director, Malcolm Harling presented the coveted, Williams sponsored, Young Chef of the Year Award to Thomas Lawson of Rafters Restaurant.

Among the other winners was Eric Chavot, chef patron of the Michelin-starred Brasserie Chavot in the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair, who was acclaimed as the winner of the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Special Award, for his commitment and outstanding contribution to the British food scene.

A further 16 awards were presented on the night including the

Polpetto were winners of the new Concept & Innovation Chef Award that, recognising the trendsetters in the industry -those bringing food, fashion and style to the fore.

The popular People’s Choice Award again came down to four great candidates and chef consultant Willie Pike received the most online votes. Pike was hailed as an inspiration for many chefs and praised for founding the Scottish chef conference, aimed at improving standards in the industry.

The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards also recognised a host of leading lights across the industry, whether they work in a pub, fine dining restaurant, city university, military unit or in contract catering, and even as development chefs for national retailers.

The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2014 winnters are:

Young Chef Award – Thomas Lawson, Rafters Restaurant

Apprentice Chef Award – Louise Roberts, Lexington Catering

Armed Services Chef Award - LChef Laura Willison, Royal Navy

Banqueting & Event Chef Award  - Ben Dutson, Sodexo Prestige Events

Chef Lecturer Award – Vincent Cottam, Westminster Kingsway College

Competition Chef Award – Ben Ford, River Island, Eurest

Concept & Innovation Award – Polpetto

Contract Catering Chef Award – Peter Joyner, Elior UK

Cost Sector Chef Award – Glyn Greenow, Infantry Battle School, Sodexo

Development Chef Award – Sanjay Sighat, The Authentic Food Company          

Ethnic Chef Award – Raju Ramachandran, Cinnamon Soho

New Restaurant of the Year Award - Gymkhana      

Pastry Chef Award – Martin Powell, RAC Club

People’s Choice Award – Willie Pike, chef consultant

Pub Restaurant Chef Award – Andrew Pern, The Star Inn

Restaurant Chef Award – Paul Kitching, 21212

Special Award – Eric Chavot