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Warwick Conferences chef wins Institute of Hospitality award

250Warwick Conferences has another culinary success to celebrate after a member of its catering team was recognised at the Institute of Hospitality awards.

Graham Crump, Executive Development Chef at Warwick Conferences, was nominated for the Innovation in Management award for his contribution to the university’s development. The Institute of Hospitality selected Graham as the winner from a shortlist of nominees for his involvement in Warwick Conferences’ apprenticeship scheme and for leading chef development at the University of Warwick.

Graham mentors Warwick Conferences’ apprentices throughout their training. He ensures they gain experience in all areas of catering and frequently goes the extra mile to make sure they benefit from a rounded experience. The panel were particularly impressed by his planning and arranging specialist placements to enable them to learn skills in areas of expertise, as well as covering the fundamentals normally expected during an apprenticeship.

In terms of supporting chef development, Graham ensures the team are kept up to date with modern trends and are constantly involved in the ‘bigger picture’ of understanding and appreciating how the food is grown, cared for, selected and processed to make it onto a delegate’s plate. The fact that Graham also encourages chefs at all grades to enter and participate in culinary competitions did not go unnoticed: the panel commended his efforts to help them hone their skills in different environments and under different pressures, and to network with professionals in the industry.

The awards were organised to mark the Institute of Hospitality’s 75th anniversary and to celebrate excellence in the hospitality industry. Aside from Innovation in Management, two other awards were presented for the Highest Achieving Student and Outstanding Leadership categories.

Graham commented:

I’m delighted to accept the Innovation in Management award. The Institute of Hospitality is a hugely respected organisation in the industry and it’s a real honour to have been recognised as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations.”

The awards were presented at a gala dinner on 20 November at The Westbury Hotel in Mayfair, London.

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