Judges for this year’s CEDA Grand Prix Awards had a tough time drawing up a nominee shortlist, with members submitting high quality project entries.
The shortlist includes some of the highest profile foodservice kitchen design and build briefs, and also some of the most challenging and rewarding. They range from meeting the high pressure of school installations during the summer break, working free of charge for a charity and being filmed for an ITV prime-time show, right through to delivering projects for the likes of Fortnum & Mason.
Nevertheless, the nominated companies have now been decided upon, with the small projects category resulting in competition between Modo Commercial Kitchen Design, for the Arabica Bar and Kitchen project in Borough Market, London; Vision Commercial Kitchens for the Future Tech Studio in Warrington Collegiate Education Trust; and Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment for the Woodspeen Restaurant and Cookery School in Newbury.
In the medium projects category CNG Foodservice Equipment will pit its BRAD (Bakery Research and Development facility) outfit for Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate against C&C Catering Equipment’s Thaikuhn project in Spinningfields, Manchester; JLA’s Honda Motors Europe new headquarters design and installation in Bracknell; Court Catering Equipment re-work of the Pavilion Building’s kitchens at Queens Club, London; and TAG Catering Equipment UK’s main kitchen refurbishment at the OXO Tower, London.
The large projects shortlist consists of: Inox Equip’s work on the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham; Catering Design Group’s project at Millfield Senior School in Street, Somerset; Airedale Group’s fit-out at Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire; while Court Catering Equipment and Vision Commercial Kitchens both pick up a second nomination, the former for its work on Alpha LSG’s Premium Kitchen and Culinary Academy and the latter for Vision Commercial Kitchens’ Fortnum and Mason bar at Terminal 5 in Heathrow airport.
In the outstanding customer service category the nominees comprise: Hatherley Commercial Services’ UIFSM provision for Nottinghamshire County Council; plus Inox Equip’s second nomination, this time The Soup Kitchen project for ITV show Surprise Surprise; and Vision completing a hat-trick of nominations with one for its Wilmott Dixon Residential Home projects.
“Once again CEDA members and their partners and suppliers demonstrate the highest standards in creativity, design, installation and project management to exceed meet their client briefs and exceed expectations,” commented Adam Mason, CEDA director general.
Furthermore an inaugural Rising Star Award has been added to the roster, with the first ever nominees comprising Stephen J Brophy from C&C, Tyron Stephens-Smith from TAG, Amy Hartnett and Alex Sweetlove from CHR and Michael Golightly from Inox Equip.
Mason added: “The CEDA Board agreed to launch this new award to engage more with the next generation of the industry and to reward those who have had a real and significant positive impact on a member’s business. The standard of these five young people was outstanding and they all exceeded the required criteria within their various areas of expertise. There will of course only be one winner when the envelope is opened at the conference, but whatever the outcome, they can all take a huge amount from this recognition, as can CEDA, the CEDA members and the wider industry.”
The winners will be announced at the CEDA Conference at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, on 24 April.