Catering Insight and Foodservice Equipment Journal’s digital event, the Kitchen & Equipment Awards Week has attracted yet another major sponsor, in the form of XpressChef supplied by Jestic Foodservice Solutions.
The accelerated cooker brand is backing the Operator of the Year – Best New Concept category for the awards, which will see winners revealed during the week commencing 30 November, in YouTube presentations premiering on both publications’ YouTube channels.
Nominations have now closed for the event, with entries well into three figures. The shortlists will now be chosen by the Catering Insight and Foodservice Equipment Journal teams, and they will be revealed in both titles’ November issues.
Subsequently, we will open the voting to senior executives of operators, distributors and suppliers, ensuring each cannot vote on their own category.
Brian Lavelle, who represents ACP, XpressChef’s manufacturer, commented: “With so many trade events and awards understandably postponed due to coronavirus this year, the introduction of the digital Kitchen and Equipment Awards will give the whole industry a welcome boost. It’s been the most challenging year any of us can remember, but so many businesses and individuals in our amazing industry have risen to the challenge innovating and adapting to the new normal and it’s fantastic that we can celebrate these achievements.”
On choosing to back this particular category, he added: “We are delighted to be supporting the Best New Concept category as it celebrates the operators who have shown amazing innovation, entrepreneurial spirt, resilience and no small amount of effort to introduce new concepts, despite some of the worst possible trading conditions. We think they are all pretty amazing and wish all the nominees the best of luck.”
Lavelle concluded: “The unprecedented coronavirus epidemic has had a massive impact on everyone in the catering equipment supply chain, from manufacturers, to distributors and operators and in these challenging times we are thankful to be working with the team at Jestic Foodservice Solutions to now bring our XpressChef high speed ovens to the UK market.
“With new lockdown measures being implemented across the country, the supply chain once again needs to work in partnership to pull through – and so it is very timely that the Kitchen and Equipment Awards will honour the operators and individuals who are rising to the challenge and continue to excel.”
The Kitchen & Equipment Awards categories in full are:
Operator of the Year – Innovative Kitchen Design
Operator of the Year – Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, sponsored by True Refrigeration
Operator of the Year – Equipment Innovation, sponsored by Jestic Foodservice Solutions
Operator of the Year – Menu Development, sponsored by Unox
Operator of the Year – Best New Concept, sponsored by XpressChef
Distributor of the Year – South of the UK, sponsored by Hobart
Distributor of the Year – North of the UK
Distributor of the Year – Nationwide, sponsored by Rational
Distributor of the Year – Business Development, sponsored by Jestic Foodservice Solutions
Distributor of the Year – Marketing & Strategy, sponsored by Welbilt
Distributor of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility, sponsored by DC Products
Digital Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Hoshizaki
Service & Maintenance Provider of the Year
Supplier of the Year – Sustainability
Supplier of the Year – Service & Support
Supplier of the Year – Business Development
Supplier of the Year – Training & Education, sponsored by FEA
Supplier of the Year – Light Equipment
Supplier of the Year – Heavy Equipment
Executive Chef of the Year
Outstanding Service to the Industry (for operators, distributors or suppliers)
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