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Public Sector Catering Awards to celebrate 30th anniversary

13th Apr 2023 - 07:00
The Public Sector Catering Awards, which are taking place tonight at the London Hilton Metropole, will be the 30th edition of the ceremony that seeks to celebrate the work of individuals and teams who have ‘gone above and beyond’ to provide excellence in catering.

Comedian, author, actor and broadcaster Dominic Holland, whose credits include Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Royal Variety Performance and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, is the Public Sector Catering Awards host.

The Awards aim to highlight the great work of individuals and teams in schools, hospitals, the care sector, universities, catering colleges, prisons and the military.

On the night we will be raising money for hospitality charity Springboard as well as Hospitality Action. People who want to enter the raffle will need to bring cash with them and the overall grand prize is £500.

The 2023 Awards night menu includes:

  • Starter - Marinated Halibut, pickled cucumber, jalapeno, scallions, coriander, monkfish cheek fritter, paprika emulsion
  • Mains - Fillet of beef, curried butternut puree, spiced ox cheek pakura, sprouting broccoli, cumin jus
  • Dessert - Blueberry and fudge bread and butter pudding, blueberry fool, butterscotch sauce
  • Wines - M Chapoutier, Marius Vermentino (white); Vina Pomal Concenario Rioja Crianza, Bodegas Bilbainas (red)

A shortlist of nominated finalists has been unveiled for 17 of the 18 award categories with the Lifetime Achievement Award given out on the night itself, where over 600 industry colleagues will celebrate the winners.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is a tribute to a person or organisation that has made a significant contribution to the catering industry over a long period of time. 

The full 2023 Public Sector Catering Awards shortlist includes:

Armed Forces Caterer of the Year (no nominations sought)

  • PO Aaron Lee, Royal Navy
  • Cpl William Salmon, RAF
  • Cpl Matthew Webb, Army

Care Catering Award

  • Care UK
  • Country Court
  • Anne Dudley, Hampshire County Council
  • Signature Dining
  • Thurlaston Meadows Care Home

Catering College Award

  • Loughborough College
  • Eastleigh College
  • John Holden, Cheshire College
  • Sean Patterson, Farnborough College
  • Cambridge Regional College

Catering Manager of the Year Award

  • Yvonne Barclay, Education Authority NI
  • Rudi Keyser, Great Ormond Street Hospital (Interim)
  • Rosa Losa, Medirest
  • Gavin Loud, TNS Catering
  • Lee Taylor, Academy

Chef of the Year Award

  • Chris Durham, TNS Catering
  • Dave Mercer, Impact Food Group
  • Raheem Morgan, Chartwells
  • Scott Tame, Care UK
  • Wayne Wright, Bidfood

Contract Caterer of the Year Award

  • CleverChefs
  • Impact Food Group
  • Olive Dining
  • The Pantry Catering
  • Waltham Forest Catering

Education Catering Award

  • Blackpool Catering Services
  • Dolce Schools Catering
  • Jane Ford, TNS Catering
  • Isle Education Catering Team
  • Raheem Morgan, Chartwells

Health and Nutrition Award

  • ISS UK
  • Compass Group
  • Country Court
  • Aramark UK
  • Impact on Urban Health

Hospital Catering Award

  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Royal Brompton Hospital
  • NHS Food Review Expert Panel
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Innovation Award

  • Blackpool Catering Services
  • Elior UK
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Nottingham Catering
  • Argyll & Bute Council

Marketing Award

  • Aramark
  • Barnsley Schools Catering
  • University of Leicester
  • Norse Catering
  • Sodexo

Special Contribution Award

  • Food for Life Scotland
  • Food Matters
  • NHS Food Review Expert Panel
  • Duncan O'Neill, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • School Food Matters

Sustainability Award

  • Brakes
  • King's College London Food Team
  • Nottingham Catering
  • Argyll & Bute Council
  • University of Bristol

Team of the Year Award

  • Bidfood Education and Healthcare Team
  • ESS
  • Sodexo
  • Stepping Hill Hospital
  • University of Leicester

Training and Apprenticeship Award

  • Compass Group UK & Ireland
  • John Holden, Cheshire College
  • Signature Dining
  • Jane Stapleton, Impact Food Group
  • Matt Vernon, Academy

University Catering Award

  • Cardiff University
  • King's College London
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Chester

Unsung Hero

  • Lisa Connellan, King's College London
  • Caroline Lloyd, Care UK
  • Mark Meacham, HC-One
  • Anna Narloch-Bryan, Juniper Ventures
  • College Court Team, University of Leicester


Written by
Edward Waddell