Charlton House wins a foodservice ‘Oscar’
Charlton House has won a prestigious Foodservice Catey Award for Business & Industry Caterer of the Year. The award recognised the company’s performance over the past two decades but in particular over the past 12 months.
Paul Honey, Managing Director, and Caroline Fry, Deputy CEO of CH&Co Group, collected the B&I Catey on behalf of Charlton House. The judges were particularly impressed with the growth that had been achieved through a high level of innovation across the business and its passion for food and people – “the cornerstones of any good business.” They also made special mention of Charlton House’s trailblazing of health and wellbeing in the workplace and the many initiatives developed with leading nutritionist, Amanda Ursell.
Chris Stern, one of the judges and a leading catering consultant in the B&I sector said of the award, “It was another great year for Charlton House, with some excellent wins and strong retentions. The reasons for this are clear from the initiatives embedded within the organisation. All boxes are ticked in terms of innovation and support to deliver it at the point of sale, which is where it is often missed. That this award is being judged just as Charlton House enters a period of cultural change (following CH&Co’s merger with HCM) further supports the reasoning behind its win.”
Paul Honey added, “Our core values are all about CSR, people and food and through so many of the initiatives we do, we link chefs, training, healthy eating, customer promotions and engagement, and sustainable food. It’s therefore wonderful for the Charlton House team to gain this recognition from our industry peers.”
At the same event, Robyn and Tim Jones were awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award, which was decided by the Editorial team at The Caterer, the leading hospitality trade magazine and organiser of the Foodservice Cateys. They described the couple as “one of the most respected and celebrated duos in catering for decades”. The award recognised their achievements from the earliest days of Charlton House through to the recent merger and made special mention of the fact that Robyn’s legacy will continue through Tim, Bill Toner, Caroline Fry and the whole team. Tim collected the award to a standing ovation from the 600 guests present and in his speech he made special mention of the fact that even though Robyn was sadly no longer with us, she had known about the award several weeks ago and had been absolutely delighted and honoured to receive it.