Whole CEDA rising star quartet to shine at conference

Andrew Smith and Stephen Ryan are two of the four shortisted rising stars.

The four candidates for CEDA’s 2016 Rising Star Award who were interviewed at Hotelympia have proved so outstanding they have all been invited to continue on the shortlist.

Andrew Smith from Scomac Catering Equipment, Liviana Wijaya from CNG Foodservice Equipment, Callum Kennedy from GastroNorth and Stephen Ryan from Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment will attend the CEDA Conference on 15 April, where the overall winner will be picked from the four.

The judging panel, including CEDA Grand Prix Award judges Brian Booth and John Savage, and Steve Hemsil, national sales manager for Manitowoc Foodservice, found it difficult to separate the four and felt it only fair they should all go forward and be invited for the final announcement of the Rising Star Award winner at the CEDA Conference in The Hilton, St George’s Park, Burton upon Trent.

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The judges stated: “All four shortlisted candidates were exceptional on paper at the initial judging stage and when interviewed in person our opinions did not change, indeed they were enhanced.

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