The oldest active venue of its kind in the world, Chester Racecourse recently presented the first edition of Chester Hospitality Association (CHA) People’s Awards.
Celebrating hospitality superstars from in and around the city, the new awards event was designed to recognise the efforts of those employed in the industry.
On Thursday, July 6th, the inaugural occasion was held at The Pavillion on site in a shimmering ceremony where all winners were given their awards and toasted. The evening event’s theme was “Not all heroes wear capes” and it enjoyed a bumper attendance of 270 people. Steven Hesketh, CHA Chairman, opened the ceremony with an inspiring speech. He urged all in Chester to unite and be bold to help the city become the best metropolis in the contribute.
The event was deemed an incredible success, raising 6,500 for the trade charity Hospitality Action. Hesketh spoke out on the evening, paying tribute to the award ceremony organisers:
“Without the incredible support of both our in-kind and cash sponsors the event could not have happened, and of course the amazing team at Chester Racecourse and the support of headline sponsor Staff 86 and delivery partner, Taste Cheshire. Thanks also to our judges for lending their time and support”.
Awards categories included Chef of the Year, Rising Star, Unsung Hero, Barista of the Year, Heart of House Star and Top Hospitality Team. Among the expert judges on the night were Mr Wine Cheshire (Richard Smith), Chef Brian Mellor, Emma Bellis, Jack Mitchell and Chef Emma Shawcross.