MKN backs Catering Insight Awards as shortlist is poised for release

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MKN has become the latest well known catering equipment company to back the Catering Insight Awards, taking the sponsor total to 14, by far the most successful event yet.

The cooking equipment manufacturer joins just as the official shortlist is about to be released. The full roster will be available simultaneously in November’s issue of Catering Insight and online on 1 November.

Senior executives from distributors will then be invited to vote on the supplier category winners, while their counterparts in suppliers choosing the distributor category victors. Voting will close on Monday 13 November.

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All winners will be announced during the gala ceremony on Thursday 23 November at the stunning 8 Northumberland Avenue in Central London.

MKN’s regional sales manager for London and the south east, Kate Aston, commented: “We believe that the Catering Insight Awards is a prestigious event that can help us to show our commitment to the industry and our UK supply partners.

“The awards ceremony last year was a great opportunity for MKN to meet with our customers/dealers, both existing and new. This year we take part with our whole MKN UK team to show that despite the changes to our internal structure we are stronger than ever and committed to promoting and selling the MKN brand.”

Aston underlined: “Not only is it a great networking opportunity for all involved it shows the manufacturers who the dealers are that are doing the good work and is a way to reward the work being done by them, plus it shows us as manufacturers who the key people are that we should be working with.”

The cooking equipment manufacturer believes that the event is a great way to communicate where MKN is at as a brand and the changes it is implementing in the UK to make it stronger and more proactive in the market. Aston concluded: “2018 sees an exciting year ahead for us. We are looking forward to being seen as a complete team and again having the opportunity to meet with potential new dealers and strengthen relationships we already all have. For us, being at the awards this year as a UK team shows the UK market MKN are fully committed to what we see as an amazing brand.”


The black-tie ceremony will see 15 awards presented, comprising:

Supplier categories

Service & Support
Light Equipment
Heavy Equipment, sponsored by Commercial Kitchen
Business Development
Training & Education, sponsored by CESA

Distributor categories

Distributor of the Year – South of England, sponsored by Nayati
Distributor of the Year – North of England, sponsored by Blue Seal
Distributor of the Year – Rest of the UK, sponsored by DC Products
Distributor of the Year – Project Management, sponsored by Welbilt
Emerging Distributor of the Year, sponsored by Jestic Foodservice Equipment
Digital Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Hoshizaki
Service & Maintenance Provider of the Year, sponsored by First Choice Group

Headline honours

Distributor of the Year – Nationwide, sponsored by Rational
Lifetime Achievement Award

The Catering Insight Awards are supported by Cedabond as well as MKN. Hobart is sponsoring the fun photobooth for the duration of the evening.

After the main ceremony, the celebratory action will get into full swing at the official After-Party, sponsored by Atosa. Starting from midnight, guests will be invited to the Opal Bar on Victoria Embankment, literally at the end of the road where the awards will be presented.

With just a 4 minute walk and no transport required between the two venues, guests can look forward to free entry to a private area in the sultry downstairs Noir bar, while also able to mix with the general public if they wish.

Atosa is providing a free bubbly reception to welcome all After-Party guests, plus a token for a further free drink to be exchanged at the Opal Bar for either a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, a spirit and mixer or a soft drink.

Not only that, there will be further free bottles of spirits in the dedicated area, plus free shots available at the bar too.

Anyone interested in commercial opportunities surrounding the Catering Insight Awards should contact:

Mark Harris
0203 176 4226


Anne-Marie Judge
0203 176 5632

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