Passion and excellence within the hospitality industry were celebrated during the Institute of Hospitality’s sell-out 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner last week (20 November) as three outstanding individuals received special awards.
Highest Achieving Student Award
Winner: Kristian Nenchev, revenue manager, Marriott International
Kristian’s academic achievements and dedication are quite remarkable. He attained exceptional grades at Hotelschool The Hague and also won Best Student Assistant for 2012.
He went on to win a full Merit Scholarship and is only the second person to achieve this in the school’s 86-year history. He graduated two months ago and was immediately snapped up by Marriott where he now manages a portfolio of 13 hotels.
Kristian’s prize includes a unique career development opportunity kindly donated by online conversion experts Avvio. Krisitian will take a two-week stage at Avvio’s HQ in Limerick, Republic of Ireland, working with the digital marketing and revenue management teams.
Innovation in Management Award
Winner: Graham Crump, group executive chef, University of Warwick.
Graham has revitalised food production and standards at the University of Warwick, and provided strategic direction across his site in a creative and effective way.
Graham’s passion for developing the skills of his teams is notable as is his development of an Apprentice Scheme for young chefs and the creation of a bespoke Chef Development Programmes at his workplace.
Outstanding Leadership Award
Winner: Stuart Johnson FIH MI, general manager, Brown’s Hotel
Stuart leads by example and takes personal pride in setting exceptionally high standards. He has a genuine commitment to developing all of his people and gives them the right opportunities to enhance their careers. He is an exceptional role model, a great ambassador for our industry and a worthy winner of this award.
Arthur de Haast FIH, Chairman of the Institute’s Executive Council, presented the winners with their awards. He said:
“The Institute of Hospitality, the home of continuous professional development, has played
an important role in helping thousands of people, including myself, grow and develop exciting careers. In today’s fast-moving world, engagement and communication are more crucial than ever. Longevity and continuity are also important, and membership of the Institute of Hospitality provides a real feeling of belonging and identity, wherever your career may take you.”
The Dinner was kindly sponsored by The Westbury, London where it took place and the following companies: CEN Wholesale Candle Suppliers, Boutinot Wines, Belvoir Fruit Farms; Colourbond Design & Print and London Audio Visual.
Prizes were kindly donated by Avvio, The Goring, Grosvenor House Hotel, The Savoy, Lancaster London, The Halkin and Rhubarb.
The Gala Dinner was a sell-out event and attendees included past presidents, Members, Fellows, Business Partners and guests.