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20th June 2019

Liam Hatcher is named an Acorn Award Winner 2019!

Congratulations to Liam Hatcher, our Senior Regional Trainer, who has been named a 2019 Acorn Award winner.

For 33 years, the annual Acorn Awards, which are run by The Caterer, have recognised and celebrated 30 of the industry’s most talented stars aged under 30. Liam became a member of this exclusive club thanks to his exceptional career achievements and contribution to the industry to date.

At a special awards lunch on Monday 17 June, Lisa Jenkins, the products and supplier editor for The Caterer, read the following citation that gives a snapshot of Liam’s success to date:

“Liam Hatcher is a senior regional trainer for CH&CO and started his career in hospitality supervising the £15,000 a day “turnover restaurant at Leeds Castle in Kent. In 2014, he joined CH&CO as conference & banqueting manager, responsible for £230,000 turnover. By 2017, he’d moved over into a regional trainer role for the them and combining his operational and people skills to enhance customer service earned a promotion to senior regional trainer in early 2018. Liam is now responsible for training and HR across 60% of the business and his company-wide bespoke training programme, World Class Customer Service Skills, has been certified as an industry-recognised qualification. Liam is a Springboard ambassador, supports The Prince’s Trust and delivers training at Foxes Academy the catering and training hotel for young adults with learning disabilities.”

Terry Waldron, COO of CH&CO and an Acorn Award alumnus herself, said: “We’re incredibly proud of Liam and he absolutely deserves this award. He has achieved so much so early in his career thanks to his flair, hard work, ambition and determination to push boundaries and always do better. Hospitality runs through his blood and he’s a great example to us all. Liam has a very bright future ahead of him.

“Inspiring and nurturing emerging talent is important for everyone and CH&CO is proud to partner The Caterer as sponsor of these uplifting awards. We met 30 brilliant future leaders of hospitality at the Acorn Award Winners’ weekend. They are a dynamic bunch and I’m confident that our wonderful industry is in very safe hands.”

As part of the Acorn Awards 2019 celebrations, Liam took part in a fun winners’ weekend at Coworth Park Hotel, that saw the Acorns class of 2019 bond over activities including team building exercises and a special dinner.

Read more about the Acorn Award 2019 winners here