More than 45 apprentices were recognised for their commitment to the hospitality industry at the prestigious Purple Umbrella awards held at the Savoy Hotel in London last Friday.
Hosted by Umbrella Training, awards were presented to talented chefs, staff, supervisors and managers for their commitment to lifelong learning and their achievements over the past 12–18 months.
The Pig Hotels were the big winners of the night, taking home three awards as the industry came together to celebrate apprentices from across the hotel, restaurant and foodservice sectors.
Winners from The Pig included Rosie Downing, a commis chef level two apprentice at The Pig at Combe, Aleksandra Ostafinska a junior sous chef from The Pig at Harlyn Bay, and Chloe Blanks, waitress at The Pig at Bridge Place.
Mark Lewis, chief executive at Hospitality Action, received the Special Award for his contribution to supporting the industry throughout the pandemic period and beyond.
Other award winners included Selven Armoogum who won the Alumni Award for his role as operations manager apprentice at the Dorset Square Hotel, and Bogdan Rotaru, assistant front of house manager at PPHE Hotel Group, who won the Best Level 4 prize.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Selven Armoogum, Dorset Square Hotel, Firmdale, Alumni Award
Chloe Blanks, Home Grown Hotels, The Pig at Bridge Place, Best Level 2 Award
Rosie Downing, The Pig at Combe, Best Chef Level 2 Award
Nick Laws, Fowey Hall Hotel, Luxury Family Hotels, Best Level 3 Award
Aleksandra Ostafinska, The Pig at Harlyn Bay, Best Chef Level 3 Award
Bogdan Rotaru, PPHE Hotel Group, Best Level 4 Award
Scott Robson, Dorchester Collection Academy, Best Level 5 Award
Victoria Tweddell, PPHE Hotel Group, Non Umbrella
Mark Lewis, Hospitality Action, Special Award
Mackenzie Forster, The Goring, Purple Umbrella Award, Promoting Hospitality Careers
Michael Peluso, The Savoy, Purple Umbrella Award, Hospitality Passion
Nick Laws, Fowey Hall Hotel, Luxury Family Hotels, Purple Umbrella Award, Hospitality Resilience
Emma Mackey, Red Carnation Hotels, Purple Umbrella Award Leader in D&I in Hospitality
Jodie Butcher, Shepherd Neame, Purple Umbrella Award, Continuous Learning in Hospitality
Brandon Parker, The Fish Hotel, Farncombe Estate, Purple Umbrella Award, Hospitality Dedication
The event was hosted by Dave Berry, and featured Lorraine Copes as a keynote speaker from Be Inclusive Hospitality.
The awards are judged by an independent panel of experts from across the sector.
Umbrella Training founder and CEO Adele Oxberry said: “This year has been challenging for people on so many levels. There are many apprentices, up and down the country, who have faced an incredibly unsettling and difficult period.
“We are unbelievably proud of each and every one of them for not only showing the drive, determination, and courage, to continue learning throughout this period, but, the fact that they have by been an inspiration to the rest of the sector for showcasing some incredible innovation and collaboration in their establishments.
“We would like to congratulate them all and wish them every success in the future careers.”
Having attended the event I would like to congratulate all of the winners, and thank Umbrella Training for a wonderful evening of hospitality delivered impeccably by the team at the Savoy Hotel.
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