The Craft Guild of Chefs presented its annual collection of Honours and Awards as it held its Annual General Meeting at the Royal Garden Hotel, London yesterday.

During the AGM, the national chairmanship was passed over to Lee Maycock from previous chair Christopher Basten. Ian Nottage takes over as national vice chairman and Jane Johnson becomes national treasurer.
A former Craft Guild of Chefs award winner and host of the National Chef of the Year competition (which is organised and run by the CGOC), Will was elected onto the committee and commented: “I’m incredibly honoured to be have been elected onto the committee for the Guild in what looks to be an exciting time moving forward with the election of new Chairman Lee Maycock. I’ve got to know Lee over the past few years and have always been blown away by his commitment and passion for the Guild. The future certainly looks bright.”

Established in 1965 as a Guild of the Cookery and Food Association, the Craft Guild of Chefs has developed into the leading Chefs’ Association in the UK and has many members worldwide. Members come from all aspects of the foodservice and hospitality sectors working in a wide variety of positions from students and trainees to top management. No other association boasts such a broad and experienced membership.

Nominated by the membership and ratified by the Vice Presidents’ Council, the honours and awards are made annually for the previous year and this year’s roll call included more than 60 recipients.

Amongst the recipients was Ian Parsons from Lockhart Catering Equipment, who was awarded the Chairman’s Award for extraordinary service to the Guild and Fishmonger’s Hall, which received the President’s Trophy for outstanding food and service.

The Order of Merit, which is the highest award given by the Vice Presidents’ Council for meritiorious and outstanding service in furthering the aims and objectives of the Guild over a minimum of 20 years was awarded to Steve Munkley.

The Special Award, also given by the Vice Presidents’ Council in recognition of achievements made in promoting the aims and objectives of the Craft Guild was awarded to Alan Dewberry.

The Chairman’s Shield was awarded to Westminster Kingsway College and Omero Gallucci was named the National Hero, for his tireless work promoting the Guild’s ethics.