It's the winning that counts…

15/01/2008 00:01
It is that time of year again. Fancy frocks and dapper dinner suits are back out in force and the excitement is already building rapidly for the prestigious annual Cost Sector Catering Awards 2008.

Unlike the Oscars and the Golden Globes, the Cost Sector Catering Awards need you to get involved, nominate colleagues who have made an outstanding achievement to the industry and celebrate with them when they receive some well-deserved recognition that spans the industry-wide. If someone you work with has shown exceptional professionalism throughout the year or dedicated their management skills to making operations smoother, then we need to hear about them. The ceremony takes place on Thursday 27th March 2008 at Hilton's London Metropole, where the winners will be announced during a dinner attended by 800 of industry's most influential and inspiring players. Details of how to book your place at the dinner are below in our Brochure and Booking Form. Alan Dewberry, Chairman of Dewberry Redpoint, who publish Cost Sector Catering explained why this event is not to be missed: "The Cost Sector Catering Awards are the pinnacle of the foodservice calendar and each year a prestigious, celebratory banquet is held to recognise and reward the achievements of the most dynamic executives in our industry." Nominating couldn't be simpler. Click on the nomination form below, select a category and complete the small form at the back of the brochure, telling us why you believe they are a worthy winner. Nominations close on the 1st February 2008. Click here to go straight to the Nomination Brochure. There are 19 categories and we've summarised each one so you can decide, which award you think your colleagues qualify for: ARMED SERVICES AWARD The feeding of this country's military personnel is a demanding and varied occupation. Nominations are sought for an individual who has had an outstanding career and has achieved excellence over many years of service or has shown dedication over and above the call of duty within a specific situation. Sponsored by: Purple Foodservice Solutions CHEF AWARD The heart of any foodservice provider's operation is the kitchen. This award recognises the chef who provides the highest standards of professionalism for food quality and innovation. The nominee's outstanding contribution can be made within any area of the cost catering sector, from business and industry sites, healthcare, education, armed services, prison service, event-catering, airlines to social services. Judges will consider the ability to create nutritionally balanced menus produced to the highest standards within the constraints the cost sector demands. Sponsored by: The Sandwich Factory CONTRACT CATERING AWARD Nominations are sought for companies that have excelled in the world of contract catering. This may include the successful move into new market sectors, the introduction of education and training schemes, the development of new concepts, completion of modernization programmes, or a combination of any of these events. CONTRACT CATERING DISTRICT MANAGER AWARD A critical role for any contract catering business is that of the operations or district manager. This award seeks to reward the person who has excelled in areas such as contract retention, business development, innovation and profit contribution. Sponsored by: Nestlé FoodServices CONTRACT CATERING SALESPERSON AWARD Sales are the lifeblood of any business. This new award has been introduced to recognise the person who has continually delivered new business , or retained existing contracts, by a clear and concise understanding of the client's needs. CONTRACT CATERING UNIT MANAGER AWARD Nominations are invited for the one person that stands out above all others in their quest for excellence. They may have substantially improved turnover and standards, renewed contracts under difficult circumstances, or successfully overseen major changes at client establishments. It will need to be shown that the nominee has improved the service and built an unbreakable client relationship. Sponsored by: Cadbury Trebor Bassett CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY AWARD The Corporate Responsibility Award has been

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