Jestic salutes operators that have innovated in adversity

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Jestic Foodservice Solutions has become the latest company to back the Kitchen & Equipment Awards, the special joint digital event from Foodservice Equipment Journal and Catering Insight.

The awards week, starting on 30 November, will see winners announced through videos premiered on both publications’ YouTube channels, honour the extraordinary efforts of dealers, operators and suppliers during the most challenging year in the industry’s history.

Jestic has signed up to back the Operator of the Year – Equipment Innovation category. Sales director Steve Morris explained: “Introducing innovative new equipment to a kitchen can have a profound effect on a foodservice business’ operations – and never more so than during the unprecedented coronavirus epidemic.

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“With this in mind we are delighted to be sponsoring the Operator of the Year – Equipment Innovation category in the Kitchen & Equipment Awards – which recognises the time, investment and sheer hard work that goes into rolling out innovative equipment across multiple sites.”

The supplier is also highly supportive of the event’s concept. “The coronavirus epidemic and the resulting lockdown has had a massive impact on operators who have needed to innovate and adapt their businesses in order to survive,” said Mr Morris.

“Despite the obvious challenges this year has presented, there is still so much to celebrate and so the Kitchen & Equipment Awards are a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge those in our industry who have gone the extra mile during the most challenging of times. We are delighted to support the awards with our sponsorship of the Operator of the Year – Equipment Innovation category and would like to wish all the nominees the best of luck.”

He added: “Whilst encouraging green shoots of recovery are evident for operators as some customers have returned to dining out, it is only through the continued support and flexibility of the entire supply chain that this growth can be sustained. As we all face unprecedented challenges, honouring the businesses and individuals who are keeping our industry going through the Kitchen & Equipment Awards is something to be applauded.”

Nominations are already flooding in, so to ensure that your chosen company is in the running for recognition, you can nominate using the simple online form below. All nominators will remain anonymous, self-nominations are welcome, and the deadline for submission is end of play on Friday 9 October.

The Kitchen & Equipment Awards categories are:

Operator categories

Operator of the Year – Innovative Kitchen Design
Operator of the Year – Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
Operator of the Year – Equipment Innovation, sponsored by Jestic Foodservice Solutions
Operator of the Year – Menu Development
Operator of the Year – Best New Concept

Distributor categories

Distributor of the Year – South of the UK
Distributor of the Year – North of the UK
Distributor of the Year – Nationwide
Distributor of the Year – Business Development
Distributor of the Year – Marketing & Strategy
Distributor of the Year – Corporate Social Responsibility
Digital Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Hoshizaki
Service & Maintenance Provider of the Year

Supplier categories

Supplier of the Year – Sustainability
Supplier of the Year – Service & Support
Supplier of the Year – Business Development
Supplier of the Year – Training & Education, sponsored by FEA
Supplier of the Year – Light Equipment
Supplier of the Year – Heavy Equipment

People awards

Executive Chef of the Year
Outstanding Service to the Industry (for operators, distributors or suppliers)

The shortlist will be announced simultaneously in both publications’ November issues, as well as online, after which we will open the voting to senior executives of operators, distributors and suppliers, ensuring each cannot vote on their own category.

To discuss the unique opportunities this event offers, contact:

Mark Harris
0203 176 4226

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