The awards, which were held last night (16 October) at M Threadneedle Street in London, champions businesses and individuals from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds in the hospitality industry, with Aji Akokomi's London restaurant Akoko and Evening Standard food critic Jimi Famurewa among this year's winners.
A total of 15 awards categories featured with the winners decided by a judging panel that included Mike Reid, culinary director of Rare Restaurants; and Adele Oxberry, chief executive of training and apprenticeship provider Umbrella Training.
Akoko in London's Fitzrovia received The Peoples’ Choice Restaurant of the Year award, while Famurewa was named Writer of the Year.
Other winners recognised at the ceremony, which was hosted by chef and restaurateur Shelina Permalloo, include Ahmed Abdalla, head chef of Legacy at The Grand in York, who was named Chef of the Year; Amy Poon, the founder of Poon's London and Poon's Wontoneria, who received the award for best East and Southeast Asian food; and Jeri Kimber-Ndiaye (pictured above), head sommelier at The NoMad Hotel, who was named Drinks Professional of the Year.
“Last night marked an extraordinary celebration of outstanding talent in the hospitality industry,” says BIH founder Lorraine Copes, who launched the BIH Spotlight Awards last year.
“The ambience was unparalleled, and I express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who contributed to this event. Whether it was our esteemed judging panel, our sponsors, and the hospitality community who nominated their favourites. It was a privilege to be surrounded by so many passionate and dedicated individuals, and I offer my hearty congratulations to all our deserving winners.”
BIH Spotlight Awards 2023 winners
Chef of the Year - sponsored by caterer.com
- Ahmed Abdalla, head chef, Legacy at The Grand - York
Pastry Chef of the Year
- Ryan Panchoo, owner of Borough 22 Doughnuts - London
Drinks Professional of the Year - sponsored by Moet Hennessy UK
- Jeri Kimber-Ndiaye, head sommelier at The NoMad Hotel - London
- Liam Barker, chef and educator - London
African Food - Sponsored by Pedros
- The Flygerians - London
South Asian Food
- Manju Patel, head chef at Manju's - Brighton
East & Southeast Asian Food - sponsored by ESEA Eats
- Amy Poon, founder of Poon's London and Poon's Wontoneria
Middle Eastern Food - sponsored by Persian Hospitality Network
- Modern Persian Kitchen, co-founder of Modern Persian Kitchen - Durham
Writer of the Year - sponsored by Decanter
- Jimi Famurewa
Head Office Impact - sponsored by DesignMyNight
- Olajide Alabi, equality, inclusion and wellbeing partner at Turtle Bay Hospitality
Bar or Pub of the Year - sponsored by Campari UK/WSET School London
- The Village People - London
Brand of the Year - sponsored by Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
- Crazy Gin Ltd
Rising Star - sponsored by Umbrella Training
- Chef and food writer, Rahel Stephanie
Peoples’ Choice Person of the Year - sponsored by Deliveroo
- Director of human resources at The Biltmore Mayfair, Sting Khumalo
The Peoples’ Choice Restaurant of the Year - sponsored by OpenTable