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Be Inclusive Hospitality launches first UK Spotlight Awards

Be Inclusive Hospitality (BIH), founded by Lorraine Copes to advance racial equity in Hospitality, Food and Drink, is proud to announce its inaugural UK BIH Spotlight Awards, taking place on 24 October 2022.

The awards will celebrate businesses and individuals of exceptional talent and achievement from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds working within the hospitality industry today.

 

 

 

Nominations Open on 1 August 2022 for 11 Award Categories:

Chef of the Year
African Food
Caribbean Food
East and South East Asian Food
South Asian Food
Middle Eastern Food
Bar/Pub of the Year
Drinks Professional of the Year
Writer of the Year
Head Office Impact
Rising Star

The public are invited to put forward nominations across all categories, and self-nominations are also welcomed. The shortlist and  winners will be decided by our expert judging paneI.

In addition, there will be two Peoples’ Choice awards which will be decided upon calculating the most nominated person and  restaurant.

The Peoples’ Choice Person of the Year
The Peoples’ Choice Restaurant of the Year.

Entries will be open via the BIH Spotlight Awards website  from 1 August to 9 September 2022. The shortlist will be  published on 24 September 2022 and winners announced  at a live event ceremony on Monday, 24 October 2022 at  Percy’s London.

The judging panel for the BIH Spotlight Awards will be co-chaired by two of the industry’s most respected personalities, TV presenter and celebrity chef Andi Oliver  alongside CEO and chairman of luxury restaurant group,  D&D London, Des Gunewardena. Joining them on the judging  panel will be food and diversity consultant Mallika Basu;  Masterchef winner and restauranteur, Shelina Permalloo;  author and chef, Mike Reid; global rum ambassador, Ian Burrell; wine and sake educator, Shane Jones.

Andi Oliver comments:

‘I am thrilled to be working with the brilliant Lorraine  Copes and Be Inclusive Hospitality on these hugely  significant awards. We all love our industry but there is no denying it needs a shake up! The way that we

view excellence can and should be expanded. There  are amazing chefs from a plethora of backgrounds, working all over the country, who are creating stunning food that reflects the multiplicity of culture in the UK. This is a way to uplift and celebrate their  work! And right on time it is too!’

Lorraine Copes, founder of Be Inclusive Hospitality says,  ‘Our aim for the BIH Spotlight Awards is to present opportunities for the nominees and winners alike enabling  them to advance and widen their business networks and  audiences. We look forward to celebrating the success of  some of the brightest stars of the present and the future’.

Notes to editors

Be Inclusive Hospitality (BIH) is a not-for-profit organisation, founded by  Lorraine Copes in 2020 to build a thriving community to accelerate race  equity within hospitality, food and drink. Lorraine is an award-winning  advocate and champion of change in the hospitality industry. She has  held an illustrious career in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and has worked for Corbin & King and Gordon Ramsay.

Entries will be open via the BIH Spotlight Awards website from 1 August  to 9 September 2022. The shortlist will be published on 24 September  2022 and winners announced at a live event ceremony on Monday, 24  October 2022 at Percy’s London.

The BIH Spotlight Awards Judging Panel

Andi Oliver – co-chair – TV presenter and celebrity chef Des Gunewardena – co-chair – CEO and chairman of D&D London Mallika Basu – food and diversity consultant
Shelina Permalloo – Masterchef winner and restauranteur Mike Reid – author and chef
Ian Burrell – global rum ambassador
Shane Jones – wine and sake educator
Andi Oliver – co-chair, judging panel
Des Gunewardena – co-chair, judging panel Lorraine Copes – founder, Be Inclusive Hospitality

Award Categories

Chef of the Year Award

This award is open to chefs from all sectors. It recognises talented chefs  making major waves in the industry. The recipient must demonstrate a  commitment to honing their skills, testing new ideas and captivating  imaginations of their peers and foodies alike. The award also seeks to  recognise those who have made broader contributions to the sector and  community organisations.

African Food Award

This award will recognise exceptional African food businesses. The award  recipient will be a caterer, restaurant, or street food operator, pushing  the boundaries of creativity whilst running a successful business.

Caribbean Food Award

This award will recognise exceptional Caribbean food businesses. The  award recipient will be a caterer, restaurant, or street food operator,  pushing the boundaries of creativity whilst running a successful business.

South Asian Food Award

This award will recognise exceptional South Asian food businesses. The  award recipient will be a caterer, restaurant, or street food operator,  pushing the boundaries of creativity whilst running a successful business.

East & South East Asian Food Award

This award will recognise exceptional East and South East Asian food  businesses. The award recipient will be a caterer, restaurant, or street  food operator, pushing the boundaries of creativity whilst running a  successful business.

Middle Eastern Food Award

This award will recognise exceptional Middle Eastern food businesses.  The award recipient will be a caterer, restaurant, or street food operator,  pushing the boundaries of creativity whilst running a successful business.

Drinks Professional of the Year Award

This award is open to drinks professionals from all sectors. The award  recipient will bring excellence, authenticity and flair into the drinks  industry. This award looks to celebrate sommeliers, mixologists, brewers and other drinks professionals who are helping to shape and build an exciting future in drinks.

Writer of the Year Award

The Writer of the Year award will celebrate journalists and writers within  the industry, captivating the interest and imagination of their audience.  The award recipient will be creative, authentic and breathe new life into  the world of hospitality, food and drink writing.

Head Office Impact Award Bar

This category will recognise team members within a head office or  central group function. The award recipient will be individuals who go  the extra mile to support their peers and teams.

Pub and Bar of the Year Award

The Pub and Bar of the Year Award is open to people who run, own or  manage a pub or bar. The recipient must be innovative, and have carved  out a reputation for both service excellence and creating a community.  The winner will also demonstrate a commitment to investing in and  developing people.

Rising Star Award

This award looks to recognise an emerging star, working within any sector or job role within the hospitality industry, who is making a significant and exciting impact.

People’s Choice Person of the Year Award

This award will recognise individuals from any sector and profession  within the UK hospitality industry. The winner will be the most frequently  nominated individual across all categories.

People’s Choice Restaurant of the Year Award

This award will recognise restaurants, and food businessesfrom any sector and profession within the UK hospitality industry. The winner will be the most frequently nominated restaurant or food business across all categories.

The BIH Spotlight Awards is headline sponsored by Caterer.com and  Campari Group.

Caterer.com

Caterer.com is the industry’s hiring partner, matching the right people  with the right jobs. Caterer.com’s teams, technology and solutions help  businesses reach the right hospitality people with their jobs and brand  messaging. From job ads and candidate profiles, to video interviewing,

plus search and match tools unlike any other, Caterer.com is built to find  the right hospitality hires for future business success.

Campari Group

Campari Group is a major player in the global spirits industry, with a  portfolio of over 50 premium and super premium brands, spreading  across Global, Regional and Local priorities. Global Priorities, the Group’s  key focus, include Aperol, Appleton Estate, Campari, SKYY, Wild Turkey  and Grand Marnier. The Group was founded in 1860 and today is the  sixth-largest player worldwide in the premium spirits industry.


Press release from Be Inclusive Hospitality

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