Where are the Caterer Awards 2014 winners?

A catch-up with all the winners of last year's F&B awards

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Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015
Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015
Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015
Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015
Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015
Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015
Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015
Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015
Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015
Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015
Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015
Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015
Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015
Reports, F&b awards, Caterer awards 2015

RESTAURANT TEAM OF THE YEAR — HOTEL-MANAGED OUTLET
Zanzi Bar, Kempinski Ajman

Kempinski Hotel Ajman beverage manager Jerome John Kamuhangire says: “The team has been highly motivated. It boosted working morale and team spirit which ensured service standards were high, set objectives and goals of the department were achieved and guests were satisfied.”

KITCHEN HERO OF THE YEAR
Tarun Dogra, Salero Tapas & Bodega

Dogra joined Salero in June 2013 as part of its pre-opening team and walked away with the Kitchen Hero of the Year award last year. Since then, Dogra joined The Address Downtown as chef de partie, a role he took up in March 2015.

RESTAURANT MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Hillary Mathema, restaurant manager, Frevo, Fairmont the Palm

Now with Asia de Cuba Abu Dhabi, he says: “My role has broadened to a larger operation with an innovative food concept, coupled with an engaging and fun service at Asia De Cuba Abu Dhabi. Outside of my role, the win has allowed my niece who is studying Communication and Marketing in Zimbabwe to make a case study of my accomplishments in her term end assignment.”

BARTENDER OF THE YEAR
Nica Alexandru Calin, The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel

He says: “It was a great boost for my confidence, as it was recognition and reward for my hard work and dedication.It also worked in boosting my career at Media One, as a few months ago I was promoted to assistant outlet manager for Z:ONE Bar. I now lead a team of three bartenders and three floor waiters to build a team which has already surpassed the Q1 GOP for this outlet compared to last year.”

SOMMELIER OF THE YEAR
Ian McEvoy, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

He says: “Since winning, I have been promoted to group director of beverage for Jumeirah and Jumeirah Restaurant Group Dubai. Though it was for the individual, it would not have been possible without the support of the team in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.”

RESTAURATEUR OF THE YEAR
Markus Thesleff, Whissle Group

He says: “I was very humbled by the win and accepted on behalf of all restaurateurs with a vision to nourish home-grown talent and venues. It gave the Whissle team the positive enforcement to keep on innovating and we have three new concepts launching soon in the Middle East.”

BAR TEAM OF THE YEAR
The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel

Nightlife operation manager Heathcliff Motorga says: I have only recently joined but the team members are as hard-working as ever, delivering a professional bar service to our many guests.”

CHIEF STEWARD OF THE YEAR
David D’Souza, Emirates Flight Catering

He says: “Since the award, I have received more recognition from colleagues within my workplace and the industry. While my seniors have always appreciated my performance, this award has made more people sit up and take notice of our organisation, while boosting my morale.”

EVENTS CATERING TEAM OF THE YEAR
Doha Marriott

The Doha Marriott Events & Catering team has expanded. This year, the team has catered for Al Shaqab (equestrian event) for the third time in a row. Additionally, the team has hosted more weddings and beach parties than previous years, and continues to maintain sturdy and successful relationships with clients.

WAITER OF THE YEAR
Jenny Ahlqvist, La Serre Bistro &Boulangerie

Jenny Ahlqvist, who joined the team at La Serre as a waitress and was promoted to senior waitress within four months, was chosen by the judges for her mentoring attiude toward junior staff members, her efficiency, and her problem solving skills. She has since left the restaurant to join Emirates.

CASUAL DINING TEAM OF THE YEAR
Asia Republic, Atlantis, The Palm

Asia Republic manager Chamara Kodagoda says: “Winning the award was a great source of pride for the entire Asia Republic team and Atlantis, The Palm food and beverage operation. This achievement has raised colleague morale to an even higher level and, combined with the plaque display at our entrance highlighting the award, has attracted guest attention, enhancing their dining experience.”

CHEF OF THE YEAR — INDEPENDENT OUTLET
Ben Tobitt, The Ivy Dubai

He says: “Winning was a very proud moment. It has had a fantastic impact on my career. Both mine and the restaurant’s profile has grown massively. I’ve been asked to do numerous interviews and recipes for magazines and newspapers. I’ve also been asked to get involved in projects within Jumeirah Restaurant Group Dubai and I’m currently in discussions about the next step and challenge for me with Jumeirah.”

PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR
Paul Hayward, Madinat Jumeirah

He says: “Receiving the award was one of the highlights of my 26-year career. It has helped me inspire the team even more, as we are only as good as the people around us and I always share any recognition I receive as a team effort, as without them it would never happen.”

He adds: “The other amazing impact has been the increased traffic on social media especially on LinkedIn, with many more chefs connecting and inquiring about opportunities to join our team which is an honour.”

CHEF OF THE YEAR — HOTEL RESTAURANT
Amrish Sood, Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Amrish Sood says: “Winning the Caterer Middle East Awards is one of the biggest achievements in my career so far. It has helped me to gain more recognition and respect among the senior management of my hotel, and it also gave me a platform to connect and share my thoughts with the senior members of the hospitality industry in UAE.”
He adds: “My team has also started believing more strongly in my concepts, and this has translated towards providing a positive impact on the experience of all guests who dine at Rang Mahal.”

RESTAURANT TEAM OF THE YEAR — INDEPENDENT OUTLET
The Ivy Dubai

Jumeirah Restaurant Group Dubai director of operations Emma Banks says: “The award was an amazing boost for the team after a year of hard work. Many have gone on to be promoted within The Ivy and Jumeirah Restaurant Group Dubai. Some have also taken new roles within the wider hospitality business in Dubai. We recognise the amazing contribution they made and wish them every success.”

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