Craft Guild of Chefs hosts 50th banquet

Five Chefs have been honoured at a banquet held to recognise the 50th anniversary of the Craft Guild of Chefs.
Attended by 260 guests including many of the guild’s members and business partners, the event marked the end of the anniversary’s celebrations, with awards being handed out for outstanding contributions to the catering and hospitality industry.
The night also included a ‘dine through the decades’ feast, with the five course menu featuring the likes of 60s-inspired canapés, prawn cocktail, Babycham sorbet, shoulder of lamb with fondant potatoes and roast vegetables, and eggs and soldiers.
Speaking about the evening, Craft Guild’s National Chairman Christopher Basten, said: “The night was absolutely fantastic, the chance for everyone to get together and celebrate the achievements of our association whilst having a bit of fun, dancing to the brilliant Marshall Band and even a game of pass the parcel.
“The banquet itself went down a storm, especially the surprise appearance from the singing waiters, and while the menu was simple, it reflected the last five decades to a ‘T’.”
Among the winners on the evening were the late Winnie Myers, who was previously the National Chairman of the Cookery and Food Association, and Steven Scuffell, Chairman of the Craft Guild between 1999 and 2001. Awards were also handed to Pauline Tucker, Ian Jaundoo and Giovanni Fontabasso.
In other news, a competition was recently launched to offer seven Brits working in Chefs jobs the chance to fly to Japan and learn the country’s culinary techniques.
Organised by the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and All Nippon Airways (ANA), the scheme is designed to encourage Brits to feature more Japanese influences in their future menus.
The lucky Chefs will win a seven day trip estimated to be worth more than £5,000, including tours of Tokyo and Toba where they will make sushi, sashimi and tempura with some of Japan’s best Chefs.
By Owen Mckeon
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