Equipment distributors revel in awards success

Six catering equipment distributors have been honoured for their commercial kitchen project expertise at the latest CEDA annual conference.

Vision Commercial Kitchens, Carford Group, Court Catering, Port Catering Equipment, GS Catering Equipment and Whitco all triumphed in the 2012 Grand Prix Awards, which recognise dealers for their ability to design, deliver and support commercial kitchen installations.

Lancashire-based Vision had double reason to celebrate as its work at Harrods, which involved relocating the department store’s ground floor pizzeria to the second floor, won the ‘profit sector large project’ category but also scooped the ‘overall winner’ award.

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Vision’s managing director, Jack Sharkey, said the Harrods project was the “most challenging” of his career.

The other profit sector project went to Dorset-based Carford Group, while Court Catering and Port Catering finished up as winners in the two cost sector categories.

GS Catering Equipment’s success in fitting five school kitchens for Plymouth City Council in the summer holiday window saw it net the outstanding customer service award, while Whitco’s approach to green foodservice design in a project for the Valliant Group helped it claim the sustainability award.

Meanwhile, the FCSI also presented a ‘Special Award for Excellence in Project Management’, which it gave to C&C Catering Equipment for its work at the new Student Hub building at Manchester Metropolitan University. The catering facility it implemented was designed by Foodesco.

The full list of winners can be found below:

Distributor Awards

Profit Sector Large Project
Vision Commercial Kitchens
Harrods relocating Pizzeria

Profit Sector Small Project
Carford Group
The Grove Hotel Bournemouth

Cost Sector Large Project
Court Catering Equipment
Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts, London

Cost Sector Small Project
Port Catering Equipment
Blackpool and The Fylde College

Outstanding Customer Service
GS Catering Equipment
Plymouth City Council Schools

Sustainability Project
Whitco Catering & Bakery Equipment
Valiant Group staff restaurant, Belper

Overall Winner
Vision Commercial Kitchens
Harrods 2nd Floor Restaurant

FCSI Award

FCSI Special Award for Excellence in Project Management
C&C Catering Equipment
Student Hub building at Manchester Metropolitan University designed by Foodesco Limited

Industry Personality

Industry personality
John Savage (Foster Refrigerator)

Supplier Awards

Heavy Equipment
Falcon Foodservice Equipment

Light Equipment, Accessories and Spares
Mechline Developments

Outsanding customer service
Foster Refrigerator

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