'Recognising the Culinary Heroes', a one off event for 2021 for those who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic

The last 18 months have provided the entire country with unprecedented challenges and adversity. As we emerge from the pandemic we are increasingly aware of great self-sacrifice, community spirit and support for our fellow citizens.  There have been many heroes across the country who exemplify everything that is great and caring, and that is as evident in the chef community as it is in the rest of society.

The Craft Guild of Chefs have chosen to change their awards for 2021 to recognise the work of chefs across the country who have stood up and put people and their community first.

We asked for people to nominate chefs from across the industry who have:

  • Worked tirelessly and selflessly in adversity
  • Worked with charities and food banks to feed key workers or the vulnerable
  • Switched the focus of their business to provide food and support to their community
  • Supported and mentored colleagues to overcome mental health and wellbeing issues
  • Spearheaded fundraising efforts to provide meals for their community

View the 2021 Culinary Heroes

Nominated chefs could have worked anywhere in the industry including:

•    Healthcare
•    Education
•    Public sector including armed forces and prisons
•    Restaurants, pubs or hotels
•    B&I
•    Banqueting and events
•    Food Development

The chefs who the judges select to be awarded the honour were invited to an exclusive reception at Landing-42 in London on September 23rd 2021 where they were awarded:

•    A special lapel badge of recognition designed especially for the event.
•    5 years free membership of the Craft Guild of Chefs

The awards have been covered in a special issue of Stockpot magazine in October.

View some of the highlights from the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2019


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