New BaxterStorey Awards recognise outstanding talent

BaxterStorey has recognised the dedication of its exemplary staff at the company’s first BaxterStorey Awards. Held at the Summer Marquee in the Walks at Gray’s Inn last night (Thursday 7 July), the awards celebrated the talented teams and individuals who go above and beyond for clients every day. Award categories included Chef of the Year, Innovation of the Year and Kitchen Porter of the Year. National Barista Trainer, Jana Slamova, was delighted to take home the coveted Rising Star Award for her outstanding contribution to BaxterStorey’s Barista Academy. Throughout her five years with the company, she has progressed to represent the sector as one of the top female baristas in the UK, competing in national competitions and sharing her knowledge with colleagues across the business.

The winner of the prestigious BaxterStorey Award was announced as Tim Sturk, head of coffee training and development. The award recognises an outstanding individual who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to improving the business and wider industry. Tim was nominated for his dedication and hard work to coffee, not only within BaxterStorey but the global coffee industry. Over the past eight years, Tim’s influence and knowledge has expanded to great heights. His achievements include creating the first foodservice catering Barista Academy, judging at the World Barista Championships and developing a team of Coffee Specialists to train baristas nationally.

In addition to nine individual category winners, Nationwide House was named Team of the Year for their excellence in health and safety, customer satisfaction and client relationships. The BaxterStorey team has also joined forces with Nationwide employees to create a calendar of charity and citizenship activities. As a result, over £25,000 was raised for good causes in 2015 alone. In addition, the team has committed its support to Uplands Educational Trust, helping to create a community café and offering work placements to young people supported by the charity.

Alastair Storey, Chairman at BaxterStorey, said: “These inaugural awards recognise the dedication and hard work of our outstanding teams, without whom we would could not deliver the high standards our clients and customers expect. The BaxterStorey family across the UK, Ireland and Northern Europe is one that I am incredibly proud of and these awards are testimony to the growing talent within our business.” To mark the momentous occasion, Matt Hay, chef director at BaxterStorey, created a special menu celebrating the very best in seasonal British produce.

Guests were treated to dishes including Kent heritage tomato salad, torn buffalo mozzarella and cold pressed Hertfordshire rapeseed, followed by Herefordshire beef Char Siu, Lincolnshire carrots, girolles, crisp polenta and yuzu citrus. Fundraising for Action Against Hunger took place throughout the awards evening, with guests donating an incredible £3,000. BaxterStorey has matched the donations taking the total to £6,000 for the charity which carries out innovative, lifesaving programmes in nutrition, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene across the world.


2016 Winners

  • Health and Safety Champion of the Year – Jane Hunt, BA Lounges, London

  • Chef Manager of the Year – Richard Gadsby, EON Phoenix Park, Nottingham

  • Front of House Star of the Year – Sharon Richardson, Nationwide House, Swindon

  • Kitchen Porter of the Year – Robin Hess, Boots, Beeston Chef of the Year – Lucy Tucker, Deutsche Bank, London

  • Manager of the Year – Emilie Gwilt, Red Bull Racing, Milton Keynes

  • Rising Star of the Year – Jana Slamova, National Barista Trainer

  • Innovation of the Year – Lee Farina, Medimunne, Cambridge

  • Team of the Year – Nationwide House, Swindon

  • The BaxterStorey Award – Tim Sturk, Head of Coffee Training and Development


For further information about WSH contact:

Hannah Keddie 02380 382970 –
Holly Broadway 02380 382970 –

Notes to editors:

About BaxterStorey – BaxterStorey provides bespoke hospitality services through restaurants, café bars, deli operations and executive dining rooms for a wide range of customers. Its heritage is built on the culinary expertise and the professional training and development of its people. It employs more than 8,500 people at over 600 locations, and provides food service excellence to clients and customers in business and industry. BaxterStorey’s core principle is to serve the best quality food, sourced and prepared locally using the finest produce. Through its chef and barista academies, it provides focused and dedicated training to front line teams helping them to provide great service and build a career for life. The reach and talent of BaxterStorey’s business enables it to draw on an extensive pool of expertise within the food service sphere in the UK, providing it with a strong foundation to share and distribute best practice both locally and across the country

About Westbury Street Holdings – Westbury Street Holdings (WSH) is the owner of the UK’s most successful portfolio of independent catering and hospitality businesses. The company operates the following businesses: · BaxterStorey – catering services for business and industry · BaxterStorey Ireland – catering services for business, industry and education · BaxterStorey Scotland – catering services for business, industry and education · Benugo – New York style deli with retail outlets and restaurants in leading leisure venues · Searcys – one of the UK’s most prestigious catering companies with a world-famous reputation for catering and hospitality at iconic, exclusive venues for hire throughout the UK · Holroyd Howe – catering and hospitality services for independent schools and colleges · Caterlink – catering and hospitality services for state education including day nurseries, primary, secondary, colleges and universities · Portico Corporate Reception Management – a reception management and guest services outsourcing solution · WSH Restaurants – a dedicated commercial restaurant division

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