Where would the foodservice industry be without the committed individuals who work tirelessly for their organisations and trade associations?  The key ones you can always rely on, who go the extra mile, the ones you turn to when the chips are down.

At the CESA Conference 2018 the Association announced 19 winners of the Foodservice Industry Order of Merit, which recognised the selfless work of these people.  They represent a wide range of organisations, including trade associations, guilds and charities.  What they all have in common is their absolute dedication to their cause.

Glenn Roberts, the outgoing chair of CESA, presented the awards during the Conference session on November 15th.  “Without their hard work our industry would be far poorer and weaker,” he said. “Their contribution and commitment is beyond value and we salute them.”

The complete list of Order of Merit 2018 recipients is:

Anthony Pender, British Institute of Innkeepers

John Williams, Academy of Culinary Arts

Andrew Crook, National Federation of Fish Friers (pictured)

Bob Fox, NCASS

Stuart McLeod, British Culinary Federation

Andy Kemp, Arena

Keith Breasley, ASSIST

Andrew Bennett, Craft Guild of Chefs

Stewart McKenzie, Hospital Caterers Association

William Baxter, Hospitality Action

Robin Sheppard, Institute of Hospitality

Michael Hales, LACA

Neel Radia, NACC

Matthew White, TUCO

Nick Varney, UK Hospitality

Don Hodgson (Master), Worshipful Company of Cooks

Howard Porter, BEAMA

Mark Kendall, CEDA

Julian Edwards, FSCI

The CESA Conference 2018, in association with Cedabond, ENSE and the FCSI, took place on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th November, at the De Vere Cotswold Water Park.

The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) is the authoritative voice of the catering equipment industry, representing over 190 companies who supply, service and maintain all types of commercial catering equipment – from utensils to full kitchen schemes.  For more information on CESA visit www.cesa.org.uk