Distributors react to CEDA awards win

The distributor winners of last week’s CEDA Grand Prix awards have been garnering many congratulatory messages from the rest of the catering equipment industry.

Chief among the victors was Hertfordshire-based TAG Catering Equipment, which won the medium project award and overall award for its OXO Tower restaurant outfit, as well as the rising star award for its senior designer/project manager, Tyron Stephens-Smith.

TAG’s director, Michaela Stephens-Smith told Catering Insight: “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have won three awards at CEDA! It’s incredibly rewarding to see everyone’s hard work has not only been recognised but praised by the industry. We are also extremely proud of Tyron’s rising star win. We cannot express the incredible contribution he has made not only to the business but the OXO Tower project; his win was the icing on top of a very large cake!”

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Tyron added: “I’m so surprised and proud to have won the rising star award. It’s amazing to have this type of recognition within the industry so early in my career. The other nominees were outstanding – I was tense seeing the incredible achievements everyone else had accomplished. It is extremely positive to know that there is so much young talent coming forward in the industry.”

Over at Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment, head of sales Paul Gilhooly detailed the company’s reaction to winning the small projects category for its outfit of the Woodspeen Restaurant and Cookery School in Newbury: “We are absolutely delighted! It’s really nice to have the recognition of your peers.

“I proudly placed the trophy on our reception desk for everyone to share as the project was a team effort. Our client was really happy too and we thank them for their support as this win would not have been possible without their feedback.”

Airedale Group’s large projects win was also welcomed. Rob Bywell, Airedale’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to receive the CEDA award for Wellington College in Berkshire. These schemes are some of the most highly complex and technically challenging design and build projects in the UK, and the fact Airedale has been the winner in this category for the third successive year, is testament to the focus and dedication of our specialist design, sales and contracts management teams.

“Over the last 30 years our business has grown on the trust we have established with our clients and our staff, and to be recognised by our industry for this is hugely rewarding for everyone in the business.”

Elsewhere, Inox Equip was toasting its outstanding customer service award for installing the Brixton Soup Kitchen for the ITV show Surprise Surprise. Mark Kendall, director, commented: “Myself and all the Inox team are delighted with the award for outstanding customer service.

“Right from the outset the project was a daunting task with only five days to complete the works and surrounded by the ITV cameras and Go Pros recoding a time lapse of our progress. It wouldn’t have been possible without all the assistance from: Tudor Build, Blue Seal, Lockhart, Hobart, CCD Ventilation, Mechline, Eais, Sigma, Valera, Interlevin and KET.

“The Soup Kitchen is making a real difference to the Brixton and the wider community and we wish Solomon and Mohamed every success for this worthwhile cause.”

Furthermore, Vision Commercial Kitchens’ FCSI award win for outstanding project management was embraced by the firm. Its outfit of the Sea Containers House Mondrian Hotel kitchens was undertaken in partnership with Tricon Foodservice Consultancy. Vision’s MD, Jack Sharkey, said: “Vision are delighted to win the FCSI project award. Our projects director Phil Shea worked extremely hard on this, so it’s great to get some recognition for all his efforts.”

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