I was lucky enough to be invited to the AA Hotel of the Year awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
As this coincided with my trip back to the UK to see family and friends I was delighted to accept.
These awards are some of the most prestigious national awards of their kind with winners categories covering many aspects of catering and hotel keeping. They are incredibly sought after- as I know from when I worked for the AA Hotel Inspection team.
The awards which followed gave recognition to many in the industry. Some of the most coveted awards are Hotel of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, and Chef’s Chef of the year which this year went to Cornish Chef Nathan Outlaw
The AA Lifetime Achievement award which recognises someone in the industry who has committed their lives to the pursuit of perfection within their discipline. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to Ruth Rogers MBE of the River Café in west London.
Like many trades the UK Hospitality industry is incredibly small, or it seems so when one reaches a certain age and knows most people in a room of over 1000 people.
It was a fantastic evening and I was lucky enough to bump into many old colleagues and friends although I didn’t quite make it to the 5.30am finish which was when the evening allegedly ended!