The UKH Restaurant Association Gala Dinner will bring together some of hospitality’s leading names including Clare Smyth MBE, Tom Kerridge, Marcus Wareing, Heston Blumenthal, Michel Roux Jr, Angela Hartnett and James Martin.
In its fifth year, the prestigious UKH Restaurant Association Gala Dinner will be hosted by the President of the Restaurant Association & chairman of Young Chef Young Waiter Robert Walton MBE, alongside speakers including Kate Nicholls CEO of UKHospitality. The Restaurant Association Award for Services to Hospitality 2022, designed and sponsored by Fabergé, will be presented to one esteemed chef.
The event will raise money for World Young Chef Young Waiter Education Foundation. The foundation offers apprenticeships, internships, and scholarships to young people from all walks of life – helping to break down the barriers for young people to succeed in all areas of hospitality.
Guests will be treated to delicious food and drink throughout the evening including a Caviar and NEFT Vodka tasting during the reception plus Frerejean Frères Champagne.
They will also be served the two winning cocktails from the NEFT Vodka Cocktail Challenge from the World Young Chef Young Waiter final last week.
The competition was won by Elisa Doisneau, who represented Team England alongside chef Miltan Masha at the Monaco final. Elisa’s winning cocktail, The Earl’s Garden is a ‘tribute to British culture, transforming the classic ‘tea time’ into ‘drink time’!’ featuring NEFT Vodka, Earl Grey Tea, St Germain Liqueur, White Verjus, Peychaud’s Bitter, Salt & Bergamot.
Also served will be a cocktail from Tilly Morris, the winning World YCTW Waiter 2022 from Wales, who was awarded the prize for most Creative Cocktail with I See the Sea, a cocktail inspired by Pembrokeshire in Wales and the people Tilly has met. This cocktail ‘brings a little piece of Wales to Monaco’ with Neft Vodka, Samphire, Oyster Leaf, Jalapeno Brine, Still Wild Extra Dry Vermouth, Bottle Green Elderflower Cordial & Lime Zest Bitters.
A four-course fine-dining menu will include matching wines from Oldenburg Vineyards, followed by an after-dinner lounge with music and drinks, hosted by NEFT Vodka.
Entertainment at the UKH Restaurant Association Gala Dinner will come from singer Wayne Woodward.
Partners and sponsors for the dinner include NEFT Vodka, Dojo, The Old Head Golf Course, Great Campaign, Discover Global Network, American Express, Oldenburg Vineyards, Wine&Something, Frerejean Frères, The Fork, UKHospitality, UKH Restaurant Association, World YCYW, Fabergé and Hospitality Action.
Talking about the gala dinner Robert Walton MBE, chairman of World Young Chef Young Waiter & President of the Restaurant Association said: “It is an honour for me as President of The Restaurant Association to host our fifth Restaurant Association Gala Dinner in aid of the World Young Chef Young Waiter Educational Foundation, alongside our friends and partners in the hospitality industry. The Gala is once again a key event to celebrate the achievements and amazing successes of our industry. World Young Chef Young Waiter is the future of our industry, targeting those who are 26 years and under in the hospitality industry and teaming up chefs and waiters to work together. It has long been an ambition of mine to take this unique competition to a global audience and thanks to funds from the World YCYW Education Foundation, we’ve been able to launch in eight countries this year. I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support as we look to nurture the next generation of hospitality.”
You can find out more about Young Chef Young Waiter here!