The FEJ Awards will be back with a bang this September – and once again it will celebrate the achievements of multi-site foodservice operators in the UK and the catering equipment providers that serve them.
Last year’s awards, which were held digitally due to Covid-19 restrictions, saw group executive chefs and food development heads from the likes of Nando’s, Greene King, Marston’s, The Liberation Group and The Alchemist collect awards for kitchen and back-of-house innovation.
This year’s FEJ Awards ceremony will return to being a physical affair once again, with a champagne reception followed by a three-course dinner and the presentation of awards to the country’s finest foodservice operators and suppliers.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Hilton Canary Wharf on Thursday 23 September, the first night of the Commercial Kitchen Show (which itself takes place at the nearby ExCeL exhibition centre).
FEJ’s editorial director, Andrew Seymour, said: “After last year’s virtual ceremony, it will be fantastic to bring the industry together under one roof again. The FEJ Awards recognises back-of-house innovation and honours those companies involved in menu development, kitchen roll-outs and new concepts.
“The pandemic has forced operators to embrace new modes of delivery, create new concepts and make equipment work smarter. We’re looking forward to honouring operators that have adapted to this new market landscape, as well as the suppliers that continue to provide extraordinary support to the market.
“We are also excited about the FEJ Awards taking place in London following the relocation of Commercial Kitchen to the capital. Visitors will be able to find everything they need to enhance their kitchens at the show and then carry on networking at the awards as we celebrate outstanding achievements from both the supplier and operator sides of the market.”
The FEJ Awards honour the multi-site foodservice operators that have driven business growth through kitchen innovation and food development over the past 12 months. This includes high street restaurant chains, pub groups, hotel chains and other caterers managing multiple sites.
Suppliers and distributors deemed to have provided the best support to operators over the past 12 months will also be honoured.
Category shortlists will be voted on by the industry, with operators voting on suppliers, and suppliers voting on operators, to determine the winners.
Full details of the nomination process, how to enter and where to purchase tickets will be announced shortly.