The Staff Canteen Awards 2020: Shortlist announced

The Staff Canteen

We're so excited that The Staff Canteen Awards 2020 are drawing closer by the day.

A month ago, we asked you to nominate your fellows and vote for who YOU feel most deserves an award.

17,076 votes were cast - and the shortlist results are in.

But who wins a TSC Award -  and a much-coveted gold mug - is up to you, so make sure you get your votes in before November the 11th at 6pm!

Hosted in association with Koppert Cress, the awards be streamed live on our Facebook page on November 18th. 

Below is the shortlist, each with a direct link to vote. 

Chef of the Year sponsored by WPA Healthcare PLC

Who do you think has been the biggest influence this year? Perhaps a mentor, a culinary leader, or innovator that has inspired you. Or is it a chef that you have admired from afar?

Matt Abé, co-chef patron of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Alex Greene, Head chef - Deanes EIPIC

Elliot hill Head chef - Panoramic 34

Peter Mckenna Chef Owner - The Gannet Restaurant

Paul Wedgwood Chef owner - Wedgwood the Restaurant

Tom Kerridge, Restaurateur

One to Watch sponsored by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board

The Staff Canteen One to Watch celebrates the industry’s up and coming talent - who in your opinion is going to be the next hospitality superstar? Who is pushing the boundaries and striving to take those next big steps that propel them to industry stardom?

Sean Wrest Head Chef - Roots

Lorna McNee, Head Chef, Cail Bruich

Tomás Gormley Chef - the Lookout by The Gardeners Cottage

Callum Graham Head Chef - Bohemia

Mark Satterthwaite Owner/Head Chef - Base Restaurant, Ulverston

Steve Thompson Head Chef - The Plough Shepreth

Social media Influencer sponsored by Rational

The Staff Canteen Social Media Influencer should be someone who is filling your timeline with inspiration. Who is getting the likes, the follows and the shares? Who is using their profile to promote positive messages, championing not just their own restaurant and dishes but others too? Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, TikTok - who is the person who is influencing you and the industry the most?

Poppy O'Toole Social Media Chef - Self-employed

Thom Bateman Chef Patron - The Flintlock @ Cheddleton

Gareth Ward, Chef Owner, Ynyshir

Si Toft chef owner - Dining Room in Abersoch

Hanro Van Eck Joiner - foodie/home cook

James Knight-Pacheco Executive Chef - ME DUBAI

Seasonal and sustainable dish sponsored by Gusbourne

Are you cooking with the seasons? Do the seasons inspire you? Do your dishes promote sustainable produce? We are celebrating those seasonal and sustainability heroes. Why not get the team involved and get them to post their dishes to be in with a chance of being shortlisted! Once we have our shortlist of seasonal and responsibly sourced dishes you can vote for the one you think is most inspiring and innovative. Upload your dish and be in with a chance of winning!

Saurabh Prabhakar, Executive Chef/ culinary learning and development chef - Hilton uk&I - Hilton York

Rohit Chhetri CDP - Annabel's, Mayfair

Calum Montgomery Chef Patron - Edinbane Lodge

Liam Cocken Sous Chef de Cuisine - La Popote

Dave Sayers Head Chef - Waterloo House

Daniel Ashmore Head Chef - Gleneagles

KP of the year sponsored by Meiko

Is your KP the most important part of the team? Who could function without one? Reliable, dependable, always there when you shout “pans” does your KP have your back?

Salvo Forcisi KP - The Art School

John Taiya KP - Galvin restaurants

Gordon Ryan Kp oak room - Oak room @ adare manor

Christie barna Kitchen porter - The Chequers inn, Churchill

James Roberts Kitchen Porter - The Crown at Benson

Dinkle Piera KP - Roehampton Club

Lockdown Community Hero award sponsored by Major

An award created for a tough year and one which showcases a real community hero or a team, operation, or business that went that extra mile to support their community. Who put others before themselves in a difficult time for everyone in hospitality and deserves to be recognised?

Charlie d’Lima Chef - Paul Ainsworth at No6

Amrit Maan Owner - Punjab Restaurant

Sam Potter Head of Hospitality and the London Food Team at BaxterStorey

Doug Crampton Head Chef - James Martin MCR and Chef Live

Jamie May, Head Chef, The Hand and Flowers

Graham Mitchell, Head Chef - Newmachar Hotel

In the Michelin Guide UK 2020 there were 187 Michelin-starred restaurants. Only six lucky people will get their hands on ‘The Staff Canteen gold mug’ in 2020 - can you get any more exclusive?

Cara Houchen, Editor of The Staff Canteen, said: “Coronavirus has pretty much cancelled all of the events the hospitality industry knows and loves this year, as a team we wanted to give people something to look forward to and the opportunity to celebrate each other’s success despite going through the hardest times in most of their careers.

“The Staff Canteen Awards will be held virtually for its first year which means anyone can attend, it won’t cost you a penny and you can join in from anywhere!

“We want the winners to be chosen by the whole industry, not us, not a panel of judges but everyone who lives and breathes hospitality every day. We believe you know best and we want to celebrate the people you nominate and vote for.

“If you think you or someone you know deserves to be part of the first The Staff Canteen Awards then make sure you get nominating and voting and one of our exclusive gold mugs could be on its way.”

As well as a gold mug, winners will attend a complimentary lunch along with the sponsors and some of The Staff Canteen team on January 21 at Michelin-starred Carters of Moseley.

Chef and owner Brad Carter said: “We’re really happy to host the awards lunch for The Staff Canteen. Carters of Moseley is a great location being central and I hope to support the winners with an awesome British focused lunch!”

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Editor 5th November 2020

The Staff Canteen Awards 2020: Shortlist announced