Court Catering's Nick Howe takes ceda Industry Personality Award 2018

Court Catering's Nick Howe takes ceda Industry Personality Award 2018

We were thrilled to award Nick Howe, MD of Court Catering Equipment, the Industry Personality Award at the ceda Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony on Friday 27th April at the Hilton hotel, St George’s Park, Burton on Trent.

Court Catering Equipment MD, Nick Howe receiving his Industry Personality Award from Mechline Developments Commercial Director, Peter Galliford

Nick has had an illustrious career spanning four decades. He joined Court in 1980, working in various position across the business and eventually working his way up to to become MD in 1996. Outside of the catering industry, Nick is a decorated rower, having represented Britain in many competitions and won two World Championships in 1979, and again in 1980. He was also coach for the British Olympic rowing team!

The award was made all the more special for Nick, and us here at ceda, as it is the first time a father and son have received the accolade. Nick’s father, and founder of Court Catering, John Howe, collected the Industry Personality Award in 2003.

Nick was extremely humbled to receive the award and when giving his acceptance speech claimed he didn’t deserve it. Everyone at ceda thinks differently.

Congratulations to Nick and his family and to everyone at Court Catering Equipment.


ceda Conference 2018 Grand Prix winners!

ceda Conference 2018 Grand Prix winners!

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s ceda Grand Prix Awards and ceda Supplier Awards 2018.

The deserving winners were unveiled at Friday night’s (27th April) Gala Dinner which concluded the two-day ceda Conference 2018 at The Hilton, St George’s Park in Burton on Trent.

Supplier Awards 2018

The awards recognise those companies that have provided outstanding service to ceda members and are in three categories, Heavy Equipment; Light Equipment, Accessories and Spares; and Outstanding Customer Service.

These categories are voted on by ceda members in the run up to the awards night with each ceda member being asked to list their top 3 suppliers in each category.

Heavy Equipment category
WINNER: Meiko UK Ltd
Maidaid-Halcyon Ltd
Rational UK Ltd

Award sponsored by Commercial Kitchen Show

Light Equipment, Accessories and Spares category
WINNER: Mechline Developments Ltd
First Choice Catering Spares Ltd
Metcalfe

Outstanding Customer Service category
WINNER: Maidaid-Halcyon Ltd AND Rational UK Ltd
Meiko UK Ltd

Award sponsored by Professional Kitchen Show

Grand Prix Awards

Small Projects (up to £100k in value)
WINNER: Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment Ltd – Sorrel Restaurant

The Brief:
The brief required a theatre style kitchen that encompassed the latest cooking technology but installed in such a way that it integrated into the interior design of the 300-year old, Grade II- listed property.
The kitchen had to include bespoke fully fitted fabrication, installed to give clean lines and an easy maintainable hygienic finish. There was a requirement for a focal point within the kitchen that would add an element of theatricality. This was achieved by the use of a bespoke induction stove and fabricated island suite.

Clients Comments:
“I am extremely satisfied with the products and services that were offered. The restaurant has opened to critical acclaim and we are hopeful of achieving a future Michelin Star.”

Runners-up:
CNG Foodservice Equipment Ltd – Porterhouse Butcher and Grill
Vision Commercial Kitchens – The Cat’s Pyjamas

Award sponsored by Bibby Finance

Small Projects winner Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment Ltd for Sorrel Restaurant

Medium Projects (between £100k and £300k)
WINNER: TAG Catering Equipment – Webbs Restaurant and Kitchen

The Brief:
To upgrade the existing facility into a modern high tech, bright, stylised, eating experience, in keeping with a garden centre. Provision for varied, flexible menu options for up to 2000 customers a day from young mums with babies to retired, older persons and all in between; reducing long queues, setting up automated ordering and table tracking, creating a cook to order service in an open kitchen so customers can see the food being freshly prepared. Finally, to increase the food uptake and increase the profit margin by reducing waste.

Clients Comments:
“TAG delivered a project of high standard, good aesthetics and excellent design. The ideas and look of the finished restaurant works perfectly in the environment and the layout is great! Everyone is happy, especially the accounts who have seen an increase in sales of over 30% in the new Restaurant”

Runners-up:
C&C Catering Equipment Ltd – Randall & Aubin
TAG Catering Equipment – Ella Canta Mexican Restaurant and Destination Bar

Medium Projects winner: TAG Catering Equipment for Webbs Restaurant and Kitchen

Large Projects (over £300k)
WINNER: CHR Food Service Equipment – Moor Hall Restaurant

The Brief:
To create “a centre of excellence for food” which included Michelin Accolades.
This included 2 open kitchens, a central production/development kitchen, three prep areas, a reception bar, an open cheese room, an open wine room, areas for cheese production and ageing, dairy, butchery and meat ageing, a brewery and a charcuterie display.

Clients Comments:
“The work carried out by CHR for me and the team at Moor Hall has been exceptional. CHR had been extremely patient and accommodating through the whole design process. They were impressively knowledgeable and completely understand the needs of the business, what needed to be done and how that needed to be delivered.”

Runners-up:
CNG Foodservice Equipment Ltd – Birnam Brasserie
TAG Catering Equipment – Rosewood Hotel, Staff Dining and Function Kitchen Refurbishment
Court Catering Equipment Ltd – Thomas’s School, Battersea

Award sponsored by Catering Insight

Large Projects winner: CHR Food Service Equipment for Moor Hall Restaurant

Project Management
WINNER: Vision Commercial Kitchens – The Ned Hotel

The Project:
The operators wished to transform the Grade 1 Listed former Midland Bank building into a hotel, which was originally designed by Sir Edward ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. Within this historic building, plans were laid out to offer 9 restaurants, each with a completely different theme, style and menu.
Vision worked on 7 of the 11 floors to design and install a total of 12 kitchens and 12 bars from the lowest basement level to level eight.

Runners-up:
Gastronorth Ltd – St Chad’s College
GS Catering Equipment Ltd – Tamesis
Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment Ltd – Cookhouse and Pub (Multiple)

Project Management winner: Vision Commercial Kitchens for The Ned Hotel

Outstanding Customer Service
WINNER: CHR Food Service Equipment – Real Junk Food, Manchester

Real Junk Food, Manchester is a ‘feed bellies not bins’ project launched in May 2014 as a not-for- profit, community interest company. The basic premise is to source food from supermarkets, wholesalers and food businesses that would otherwise have gone to waste and turn it into awesome meals which are sold on a ‘pay-as- you-feel’ basis.
The aim is to stamp out food waste and campaign for a more sustainable food system whilst supporting some of Manchester’s most vulnerable people.
Having operated from pop-up restaurants, they contacted CHR about the possibility of creating a permanent city-centre restaurant.
The final result, is a restaurant which has (to the end of November 2017) served over 5,000 meals to anyone and everyone from ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Runners-up:
GS Catering Equipment Ltd – The Slaughter Manor House
Vision Commercial Kitchens – Snowdonia Nurseries

Outstanding Customer Service winner: CHR Food Service Equipment for Real Junk Food, Manchester

Overall Winner
Large Projects – CHR Foodservice Equipment – Moor Hall Restaurant

Judges Comments:
“CHR embraced Mark Birchall’s vision to make Moor Hall a sustainable centre of excellence for food. They solved many unique challenges along the way and delivered an outstanding project.”

Overall Winner: Large Projects – CHR Foodservice Equipment for Moor Hall Restaurant

A superb write-up on the Grand Prix Awards can be found on the Catering Insight website.