Thirty of the brightest prospects in the hospitality industry under the age of 30 have today picked up their Acorn Awards at an exclusive event at five-star Coworth Park hotel in Berkshire.
This year's awards are the 25th since the Acorns were originally conceived in 1987.
Caterer and Hotelkeeper editor Mark Lewis said: "We had an overwhelming response to this year's awards, which mark a quarter of a century for the Acorns. Choosing between the nominees was not an easy task, but the winners display a level of flair and quality that makes them the envy of their profession.
"Each and every one of the winners can feel extremely proud to join the ranks of Acorn Award holders, which include the likes of Marco Pierre White, Marcus Wareing and Michael Caines."
Tracey Rogers, managing director of sponsor Unilever Food Solutions, said: "The celebrations were bigger than ever and I was privileged to share in the success of this year's remarkable winners. The Acorn Awards is a fantastic opportunity to reward the achievements of young individuals whose passion and enthusiasm are an inspiration to us all.
"Our congratulations go to this year's winners and we wish them every success in their future careers - no doubt these are names we'll see again."
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](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2011/06/10/338678/acorn-awards-2011-the-winners.htm)The winners were:
Ben Seager Front Office Manager
The Chesterfield Mayfair Neil Braude Director of Revenue
The Cavendish London Sam Moody Head Chef
The Bath Priory Hotel Mark Bevan Assistant Food and Beverage Manager
The Chester Grosvenor and Spa Matthew Drinkwater Deputy General Manager
Hand Picked Hotels - Audleys Wood Phil Fanning Head Chef at Paris House
10in8 Fine Dining Company Josh Light Learning & Development Manager
CH&Co Megan McIntyre PR & Marketing Manager
Renaissance London Chancery Court Hotel Laura Murphy Operations Manager
Abode Exeter Olly Rouse Head Chef John Campbell Restaurant
Coworth Park Robin Vermeire Assistant Executive Housekeeper
The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square Mike Auld General Manager
Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells Marianne Brown Operations Manager
Thistle Hotels Paul Foster Head Chef
Agellus Hotels - Tuddenham Mill Vidur Kapur Hotel Manager
Guoman Hotels - Charing Cross Grant Lang Founder and Managing Director
Mozzo Coffee David Morison HR Officer
London Hilton on Park Lane Adam Peirson Sous Chef
Claridge's Scott Catling Sales Manager
London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale Lauren Long General Manager
Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants George Blogg Sous Chef
Le Champignon Sauvage Sarah Gibbs
The Swan Hotel & Spa Laura Prentice Director of Event Management
The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square Neil Morris Group Executive Chef
Adam Smith Premier Sous Chef
The Ritz Hotel David Macdonald General Manager
Hotel du Vin York Jordan Marr General Manager
Denis Broci Bar Manager
Claridge's Natalie Mainwaring Business Development Manager
It's The Agency Daniel Moon Head Chef
Homewood Park Hotel
By Neil Gerrard
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