Distributors and suppliers were toasting prestigious award wins at this year’s CEDA Conference during the gala dinner last Friday night at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Heythrop Park.
TAG Catering Equipment had much to celebrate, as it not only won the medium project award for its fit-out of the iconic OXO Tower restaurant, which won the overall project award too, it also triumphed in the inaugural rising star category, with its senior designer/project manager Tyron Stephens-Smith scooping the accolade.
The small projects category was topped by Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment for its outfit of the Woodspeen Restaurant and Cookery School in Newbury, while Airedale Group’s Wellington College outfit in Crowthorne, Berkshire was crowned best large project.
Inox Equip won the outstanding customer service category for its work installing Brixton Soup Kitchen for the ITV show Surprise Surprise, while the FCSI award for outstanding project management was presented to Vision Commercial Kitchens for its outfit of the Sea Containers House Mondrian Hotel kitchens, co-operating with Tricon Foodservice Consultancy.
Former Hobart sales director Steve Martin was given special recognition with the industry personality of the year award, while other suppliers triumphed in their categories: Rational won in heavy equipment, Mechline for light equipment and First Choice Catering Spares and Meiko tied in the outstanding customer service category.
“The 2015 Grand Prix Awards shine a light on the end-to-end service that CEDA members provide day-in-day-out,” commented CEDA director general Adam Mason.
“The projects in the profit and not-for-profit sectors cover the gamut of challenges that CEDA members step up to, and meet, including providing high quality and impactful foodservice facilities in small, high profile and challenging spaces. They demonstrate the design, creativity, project management and customer focus that you anticipate from working with CEDA members.
“There were many first class entries for this year’s Grand Prix Awards and they are reflected in the strength of the shortlist, category winners and the overall winner.”