The Catey Awards 2019

This week we were lucky enough to spend the evening with our friends from across the industry at the 36th annual Catey Awards. Dubbed (quite rightly!) the ‘Oscars’ of the sector, over 1,200 leading chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers and more spent the evening being wined and dined, all the while celebrating the best of British hospitality.

Sat with several of the team from The Caterer, Rebecca, Jonathan and Charlotte started the evening with a glass of Chapel Down Sparkling Bacchus, before the closely guarded secret of who was taking on the challenge of developing the evening menu was revealed…Northcote’s Lisa Goodwin-Allen.

Lisa’s passion for using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients shone through every course, which comprised of a starter of beets, smoked eel, whipped curd, smoked pine nuts, and ash, followed by a succulent corn fed chicken accompanied by leg Bolognese, turnip, and black garlic, paired with Barbera d’Asti Superiore Ca’Bianca, a fresh red with origins in Piedmont, Italy.

Finally, and completely apt as Wimbledon kicked off the same week, a dessert of English strawberries, lemon verbena, and burnt meringue was washed down with a glass of Chateau du Seuil Cerons, as Rachel Riley took to the stage to start the proceedings for the evening.

Across the night, winners included Chris and Jeff Galvin from Galvin Green Man, Essex, winning the Pub & Bar category; Sustainable Business Award to Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant, Northumberland and the Special award went to Ken McCulloch, Dakota for his unforgettable mark on the British hotel scene.

Finally, the highest commendation, The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Chef Shaun Hill, from the infamous Walnut Tree Inn in Abergavenny – a truly well deserved win from an inspirational chef.

Thanks again to The Caterer Magazine for such an unforgettable evening!

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