By Angela Green, Content Executive, H&C News: John Williams MBE awarded for Special Services to Hospitality.
The fifth annual UKH Restaurant Association Gala Dinner took place on Monday night at The Savoy organised by World Young Chef Young Waiter, in association with UKHospitality.
John Williams MBE was awarded The Restaurant Association Award for Special Services to Hospitality.
The event was hosted by President of the Restaurant Association, founder of Nth Degree Club & chairman of World Young Chef Young Waiter Robert Walton MBE.
The Restaurant Association Award for Special Services to Hospitality 2022, designed and sponsored by Fabergé, was presented to John Williams MBE of The Ritz, by Robert Walton MBE.
The event raised £41,000 for World Young Chef Young Waiter Education Foundation. The foundation offers apprenticeships, internships, and scholarships to young people from all walks of life – helping to break down the barriers for young people to succeed in all areas of hospitality.
John Williams MBE said of his award: “I am so proud to accept this award as I am just a guy from South Shields.
“I really love hospitality and I love the job that I do. I feel very, very lucky to be in this position. I’ve worked my way up into being the Executive Chef of The Ritz and it’s been hard work so this is very special to me.
“Hospitality is really all about the people and how we cooperate and communicate with one another, and how we look after our guests – and it’s the most joyous thing! The new generation of people that have won tonight is just fantastic. I am really focused on the next generation and making sure that we are better at cooking – better than we think we are even now. So let’s keep pushing. I will treasure these beautiful Fabergé cufflinks, thank you.”
This year’s guests included Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala, Brian Turner CBE, Celebrity Master Chef winner Lisa Snowdon, Sanjay Dwivedi, Francesco Mazzei, Dipna Anad, Atul Kutcher and Michael Caines.