The industry recognised Group HR Director, Alison Gilbert and H+J Chef Manager, Hanke Fischer, at the Foodservice Cateys on Friday evening.
Alison was awarded one of the top accolades of the night. Recognising her people skills, her devotion to training as well as her support of industry initiatives such as Nestle Toque d’Or and the Institute of Apprenticeships, Alison received the coveted Extra Mile Award.
Presenting the award, the Caterer’s deputy editor, James Stagg, said Alison was “at the top of her game” adding, “Her long career, strong operational background and passion for the sector has put her in a unique position to develop innovative practices that add real value to the business in which she works, and the people who work in it.”
Hanke Fischer was crowned Chef Manager of the Year, acknowledging his people focused management style, innovative cost saving initiatives and promotion of fresh produce saw him crowned as Chef Manager of the Year.
Commenting on the awards, Group CEO, Bill Toner said, “We had another successful result at the FS Cateys bringing home two trophies. Alison’s achievements across her career are inspiring and she fully deserves to be recognised in this way. Equally it was great to be able to share Hanke’s success with all the team at Harbour & Jones. Let’s also recognise Rachel Dargie (ABsolutely), Darren Archer (H+J), the HR and Lusso teams for their achievement in being finalists.”