I’m delighted to say that I have been nominated in the African Food category at the BIH Spotlight Awards. Running for the first time this year, the awards will take place on the 24th October with the purpose of ‘celebrating and recognising exceptional talent and achievers from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds working within hospitality, food, and drink’.
Launched by Lorraine Copes, founder of Be Inclusive Hospitality, these awards will make great steps towards achieving racial equality within our industry.
The esteemed panel of judges includes TV presenter and celebrity chef Andi Oliver; D&D London chief executive and chairman Des Gunewardena; food and diversity consultant Mallika Basu; MasterChef winner and restaurateur Shelina Permalloo; M Restaurants executive chef Mike Reid; global rum brand ambassador Ian Burrell; and wine and sake educator Shane Jones.
The award categories include:
- African Food
- Bar/Pub of the Year
- Caribbean Food
- Chef of the Year
- Writer of the Year
- Drinks Professional of the Year
- East and South East Asian Food
- Head Office Impact
- Middle Eastern Food
- Rising Star
- South Asian Food
- People’s Choice
This is a wonderful celebration of our cultures and the industry we work in. I am looking forward to this great opportunity to meet and celebrate other like-minded people who are as passionate as I am about food and drink.