Judges for first-ever chef mentor awards announced

The panel of judges for the first-ever Chef Mentor awards has been announced – with top names from across the hospitality and catering sector joining forces to help celebrate the best chef mentors.

Senior figures from restaurants, catering, hotels and educational establishments will come together to judge almost 100 entries.

Held at H&C EXPO at Celtic Manor in July, the awards will recognise chefs who have taken time in their careers to train, nurture and develop individuals and teams across the UK hospitality and catering industry.

Chaired by Cyrus Todiwala OBE, chef patron at Café Spice Namaste, the panel includes:

  • Steve Munkley, President, Craft Guild of Chefs
  • Andrew Bennett, Chairman, Craft Guild of Chefs
  • Gary Hunter, Principal, Westminster Kingsway College
  • Andrew Merrett, Communications Director, CH&Co
  • Peter Joyner, Food Development Director, Elior UK
  • David McKown, Head of Training, The University of Sheffield
  • Arwyn Watkins OBE, President, Culinary Association of Wales

Cyrus Todiwala said:

“We are delighted to be able to name a distinguished panel of judges from across our sector. These awards are incredibly important and, to support the development of our industry, we need to encourage more chefs and businesses to develop mentoring programmes which can help to safeguard the future of our sector.”

Mark Harris, event director, H&C EXPO, added:

“We are really pleased with the response and interest in these awards. Many people have taken significant amounts of time to complete the nominations. The supporting material is comprehensive including many using video testimonials. We know the vital role mentors play in helping to develop their teams so its brilliant to be able to recognise this at our awards.

We would like to thank Cyrus and all the judging panel for their time and application to judging the inaugural Chef Mentors.”

Nominations are now closed:

If you would like to attend the first-ever chef mentor awards details are here