Caterer and Hotelkeeper 100 – The most powerful people in hospitality

01 July 2011
Caterer and Hotelkeeper 100 – The most powerful people in hospitality

The definitive guide to the top players in the UK hospitality industry whose actions are having the greatest impact in 2011.

Click on the names below to view the full profile of those who has made the Caterer and Hotelkeepr100 list this year.

2011 Caterer and Hotelkeeper 100 ( 2010 rankings in brackets)

  1. Jamie Oliver, Fifteen, Jamie's Italian and others (1)
  2. Grant Hearn, Travelodge (4)
  3. Heston Blumenthal, The Fat Duck, the Hind's Head, the Crown, Dinner (3)
  4. Patrick Dempsey, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants (6)
  5. Richard Caring, Signature Restaurants and Caprice Holdings (7)
  6. Richard Cousins, Compass Group (8)
  7. Tim Martin, JD Wetherspoon (14)
  8. Jill McDonald, McDonald's (New entry)
  9. Harvey Smyth, Gondola Holdings (12)
  10. Raymond Blanc, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons (11)
  11. Andrew Page, The Restaurant Group (27)
  12. Simon Vincent, Hilton (15)
  13. Alastair Storey, BaxterStorey (21)
  14. Guy Parsons, Travelodge (16)
  15. Richard Solomons, InterContinental Hotels Group (New entry)
  16. Ian Sarson, Compass Group (40)
  17. Simon Kossoff, Carluccio's (44)
  18. Michel & Alain Roux, The Waterside Inn (18)
  19. Richard Balfour-Lynn, Marylebone Warwick Balfour (19)
  20. Gordon Ramsay, Gordon Ramsay Holdings (5)
  21. Nick Jones, Soho House Group (9)
  22. Graham Turner, Tragus (13)
  23. Jean-Jacques Dessors, Accor (New entry)
  24. Julian Metcalfe, Pret A Manger, Itsu (32)
  25. Aidan Connolly, Sodexo (66)
  26. Robby Enthoven, Nando's (51)
  27. Rick Stein, The Seafood Restaurant (41)
  28. Michel Roux Jnr, Le Gavroche, Roux at Parliament Square, Roux at the Landau (55)
  29. Robert Cook, Malmaison & Hotel du Vin(26)
  30. Rooney Anand, Greene King (29)
  31. Robin Rowland, Yo! Sushi (59)
  32. Sir Rocco Forte, Rocco Forte Hotels (31)
  33. Ralph Findlay, Marston's (33)
  34. Des Gunewardena, D&D London (17)
  35. Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, Rex Restaurants Associates (10)
  36. Mark Hix, Hix Soho, Hix Oyster & Chop House, Hix Oyster & Fish House (23)
  37. Tim & Kit Kemp, Firmdale Hotels (28)
  38. Chris & Jeff Galvin, Galvin Bistrot De Luxe, Galvin at Windows etc (37)
  39. Robyn & Tim Jones, Charlton House(54)
  40. Nigel Platts-Martin and others, The Square, the Ledbury, Chez Bruce (24)
  41. Arjun Waney, Zuma, Roka, La Petite Maison (New entry)
  42. Anthony Demetre and Will Smith, Arbutus, Wild Honey (42)
  43. Marcus Wareing, Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, the Gilbert Scott (60)
  44. Gary Rhodes, Rhodes W1 and others (78)
  45. Tim West and Mike Sunley, Lexington Catering (77)
  46. Michael Caines, Abode Hotels, Michael Caines Restaurants (39)
  47. Noel Mahony, Baxter Storey (New entry)
  48. Marlon Abela, MARC (47)
  49. Rainer Becker, Zuma and Roka (25)
  50. Kevin Todd, Mitchells & Butlers (New entry)
  51. Phil Howard, The Square, Kitchen W8 (43)
  52. Jason Leek, Eurest Services and Restaurant Associates (53)
  53. Namita and Camellia Panjabi, Ranjit Mathrani, Masala World (62)
  54. James Horler, Ego Restaurants (68)
  55. Peter Lederer, Gleneagles (38)
  56. Oliver Peyton, Inn the Park and others (46)
  57. Gerard Basset, Terravina (48)
  58. Robin Hutson, Lime Wood, the Pig (69)
  59. Adam & Sam Kaye, Tasty 75 (74)
  60. Steve Hill, Wagamama (New entry)
  61. Pierre Koffmann, Koffmann's, the Berkeley (New entry)
  62. Jason Atherton, Pollen Street Social (61)
  63. Angela Hartnett, Murano (72)
  64. Surinder Arora, Arora International (36)
  65. Rufus Hall, The Orchid Group (65)
  66. Alasdair Murdoch, Clapham House Group (New entry)
  67. Mark Edwards, Nobu (20)
  68. Bruce Poole, Chez Bruce, La Trompette, the Glasshouse (58)
  69. Rupert Clevely, Geronimo Inns (67)
  70. Nigel Haworth & Craig Bancroft, Northcote, Ribble Valley Inns (56)
  71. Claude Bosi, Hibiscus, the Fox and Grapes (75)
  72. Michael Turner, Fuller Smith & Turner (New entry)
  73. Ben & Hugo Warner, Benugo, WSH (90)
  74. David Orr, Mint Hotel Group (70)
  75. John Campbell, John Campbell at Coworth Park (57)
  76. Iain Donald, Individual Restaurant Company(New entry)
  77. Richard Corrigan, Corrigan's Mayfair (92)
  78. Marco Pierre White, Wheeler's of St James's and others (84)
  79. Brett Graham, The Ledbury, the Harwood Arms (85)
  80. Patrick Harbour & Nathan Jones, Harbour & Jones (86)
  81. John Brennan, Jurys Inns (35)
  82. Tom Kitchin, The Kitchin (99)
  83. Andrew Main, Aramark (79)
  84. Sat Bains, Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms (95)
  85. Danny Peccorelli, Exclusive Hotels (80)
  86. Ted Tuppen, Enterprise Inns (64)
  87. Tom Kerridge, The Hand & Flowers (93)
  88. Simon Rogan, L'Enclume, Roganic (New entry)
  89. Tom Aikens, Tom Aikens Restaurant, Tom's Kitchen and others (94)
  90. David Guile, Macdonald Hotels (97)
  91. Mark McQuater, Barracuda (76)
  92. Alan Murchison, 10 in 8 Group (New entry)
  93. Kate Martin, The Brookwood Partnership (New entry)
  94. Jasminder Singh, Radisson Edwardian (71)
  95. Wendy Bartlett, Bartlett Mitchell (91)
  96. Andrew Fairlie, Andrew Fairlie @ Gleneagles (New entry)
  97. Martin Wishart, Restaurant Martin Wishart, Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond, the Honours (New entry)
  98. Andrew Coppel, De Vere Group (New entry)
  99. Andrew Pern, Star Inn at Harome (87)
  100. Russell Norman, Polpo, Polpetto, da Polpo, Spuntino (New entry)


  1. Grant Hearn
  2. Patrick Dempsey
  3. Simon Vincent
  4. Guy Parsons
  5. Richard Solomons
  6. Richard Balfour-Lynn
  7. Jean-Jacques Dessors
  8. Robert Cook
  9. Sir Rocco Forte
  10. Tim and Kit Kemp


  1. Richard Caring
  2. Jill McDonald
  3. Harvey Smyth
  4. Andrew Page
  5. Simon Kossoff
  6. Nick Jones
  7. Graham Turner
  8. Julian Metcalfe
  9. Robby Enthoven
  10. Robin Rowland


  1. Jamie Oliver
  2. Heston Blumenthal
  3. Raymond Blanc
  4. Michel and Alain Roux
  5. Gordon Ramsay
  6. Rick Stein
  7. Michel Roux Jnr
  8. Mark Hix
  9. Chris and Jeff Galvin
  10. Anthony Demetre (and business partner Will Smith)


  1. Richard Cousins
  2. Alastair Storey
  3. Ian Sarsons
  4. Aiden Connolly
  5. Robyn and Tim Jones
  6. Tim West and Mike Sunley
  7. Noel Mahony
  8. Jason Leek
  9. Ben and Hugo Warner
  10. Patrick Harbour and Nathan Jones


  1. Tim Martin
  2. Rooney Anand
  3. Ralph Findlay
  4. Kevin Todd
  5. Rufus Hall
  6. Rupert Clevely
  7. Michael Turner
  8. Ted Tuppen
  9. Mark McQuater

Caterer and Hotelkeeper 100: How we compile the list

The Caterer and Hotelkeeper 100 brings you the 100 most influential people whose achievements are having the biggest impact upon the hospitality industry in 2011. It tells you where they've been, where they are now and where they are going.

This list of operators includes a diverse collection of personalities, from the bosses of the biggest corporate giants to others who are pushing the boundaries of style, comfort or cuisine in their chosen field.

To begin with, candidates had to meet these qualifying criteria: the personality should be based mainly in the UK, and their power and influence should be primarily in the UK market.

Shortlisted candidates were awarded marks for each of five criteria, which were then averaged out to give an overall ranking in the Caterer and Hotelkeeper 100.

First consideration was the scale and scope of the operation headed by the nominees. But size isn't everything, and candidates were next judged on the power and influence they exert in the industry and the respect they command among their peers. We asked whether they were shapers of policy, leaders in their field, or inspiring and nurturing the next generation of movers and shakers.

The judges then examined whether the candidates had a proven record of financial success and whether this was reflected in the eyes of their peers and the outside world.

The candidates' reputation for innovation was next, as the judges examined to what degree they were setting standards others wanted to copy and whether their ideas would remain in fashion.

Longevity was the fifth and final hurdle for the candidates as the panellists considered whether they - and their creations - would stand the test of time.

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