C&C Catering Equipment has topped the honours list at this year’s CEDA Grand Prix Awards.
Held at the St George’s Park Hilton, Burton upon Trent last Friday night during CEDA’s annual conference, the ceremony saw the Chester-based dealer walk away with both the Medium Project of the Year and Overall Project of the Year award for its outfit of the kitchens at Ynyshir Hall Country House Hotel, mid-Wales.
Also high on the winners’ roster was CHR Foodservice Equipment, which won the Small Projects category for its project at The Dawnay Arms in Newton on Ouse for renowned chef Martel Smith.
CHR’s founder, Ron Neville, was also named as Industry Personality of the Year, following his retirement from the distributor last year.
Callum Kennedy, GastroNorth’s account manager, won this year’s Rising Star award and receives a £2,500 bursary funded by CEDA’s platinum partners.
Recognising Neville’s contribution to his company, and the wider industry, CEDA director general Adam Mason says, “Ron has without doubt left his mark on CEDA and a strong legacy in CHR as his son Paul Neville now takes over from his father. On the night the impact Ron has made on so many people was palpable in the room with huge applause, smiles and a few tears.
“Ron’s dedication to his company, employees and family really shone through at the awards and this was complemented by CEDA’s award for the industry’s Rising Star in 2016. The Rising Star Award was a tough one to judge and to make the final decision to award it to Callum Kennedy from GastroNorth given the amazing young talent from CNG, ScoMac and Gratte Brothers that was hot on his heels.”
Rounding out the dealer winners were CNG Foodservice Equipment, which claimed victory in the Large Projects category for its fit-out at Fenwick’s Food Hall for Fenwick Newcastle, with the Outstanding Customer Service accolade being given to ScoMac Catering Equipment for the roll out of Sainsbury’s Café self-clearing trolleys.
The category winners from 2016 were also rewarded by winning a place on a CEDA delegation that will attend the 40th Host exhibition in Milan in 2017.
The suppliers awards categories provided a double success for Mechline Developments, which triumphed in both the Light Equipment and Customer Service awards.
Kristian Roberts, marketing manager at Mechline commented: “These two awards means so much to us as they are voted for by customers across the catering equipment industry. We are so proud that our company has been recognised for the hard work of everyone who makes us who we are.’’
Rational UK completed the winners list with its victory in the Heavy Equipment category.