The Association of Catering Excellence (ACE) officially unveiled its newest patrons last night at an annual dinner for 200 guests from the UK catering industry.
For the first time, the event was a black tie affair and took place at the Goldsmiths Hall, one of London’s oldest livery halls and a venue often used in film sets as a substitute for Buckingham Palace due to its grandeur.
ACE began the night by introducing Wendy Bartlett MBE, CEO of Bartlett Mitchell, and Chris Bray, CEO Sports & Leisure of Sodexo UK & Ireland as patrons of the organisation.
Bartlett said: “ACE is not pretentious – it’s very friendly and it allows a mixed balance so that everyone in the organisation is welcome. I believe it’s unique to our sector.”
Bray added: “Although Sodexo have been involved in ACE for many years, I just became a member last year. I’m looking forward to getting involved and seeing what we can do.”
The theme of the evening was celebrating up and coming talent in the industry, a mission that ACE’s chair, Paul Hurren is keen to support: “One of my aims is to give the next generation of caterers the opportunity to shine,” he commented.
Some of the industry’s top emerging talent was in attendance at the event, including Ben Garnett-Sinclair, The Craft Guild of Chefs’ Apprentice Chef of the Year 2015, and Lusso’s Daniele Quattromini, a Gold Service Scholarship 2015 winner.