Will Rose has taken home the coveted ‘Chef of the Year’ title at Bartlett Mitchell’s annual company awards.
Based at Reading Business Park, he scooped the top prize after competing in a three-phased competition, held in London.
At the awards, Bartlett Mitchell, one of the UK’s leading independent caterers, also celebrated the talent and commitment of its employees with more than 21 individual and team awards across 11 categories.
More than 300 members of the Bartlett Mitchell team attended the event, held at central London venue, where they were treated to a Champagne and canape reception.
Based on the company’s FOODIES values, the awards aim to recognise high achievers who demonstrate their commitment to the business and its activities.
Each category is sponsored by a board director and shortlists were developed following the submission of a 100-word nomination which was reviewed by a panel made up of the CEO, HR, and executive chairman.
The full list of individual winners is below.
- Fundamentally food – Phil Leicester
- Obsessive about our people – Georgie Tomlin
- Open and honest feedback – Jackie Howard
- Dedicated to our customers – Dane Griffiths
- Innovative in all you can do – Natasha Boshoff
- Entrepreneurial teams – Richard Ogden
- Support you can trust – Mahammed Sharif Diallo
Founder’s award – Giovanna Carta
Perkee area business manager & team – Damian Palmer
DARE vitality food champion – Amanda Dooley
Rose was presented the Chef of the Year award by Adam Byatt chef proprietor of the Michelin-starred Trinity restaurant and chef consultant at Bartlett Mitchell. Byatt was also an awards judge alongside Michelin-starred chefs Mark Kempson, Kitchen W8, and Matt Worswick, the Latymer at Pennyhill Park.
Byatt said: “It was an incredible final and very competitive. The finalists were all brilliant and it was really difficult to choose between them as the standard of cookery was incredibly high. Will was a worthy winner but all the finalists should be very proud of themselves.”
Wendy Bartlett, executive chairman of Bartlett Mitchell, said: “We’ve always stayed true to our values and our awards are a great way to celebrate the brilliant people we have in the business. All the success we have is down to the hard work, passion and commitment of so many people so we are really pleased to be able to come together to recognise these.
She added: “We genuinely believe that our chefs are some of the most talented in the industry and, after seeing how they all performed during the competition, I know that our business is in very good hands.”