NRB reveals north’s top 50 hospitality workers

The top 50 professionals working in hospitality and catering jobs throughout the north of England have been revealed in a new list.
Timed to coincide with this week’s third annual Northern Restaurant & Bar (NRB) conference held at Manchester Central, the list is designed to showcase the best workers based in the area who have excelled commercially, critically or by having a wider impact on the industry.
Topping the list were winners of three special achievement awards which were handed out to Paul Askew, chef patron of The London Carriageworks and The Art School, Marc Wilkinson, chef patron of Restaurant Fraiche, and Tim Bacon and Jeremy Roberts of Living Ventures.
Announcing the prizes, Thom Hetherington, managing director of Northern Restaurant & Bar, said: “Many congratulations to our three special achievement winners and all those included in this year’s NRB Top 50. This year of improving economic conditions has seen ambition and innovation come to the fore, with a host of new launches from smaller entrepreneurial operators alongside the more established players.”
The top 50 list, which was chosen by exhibition organisers and a panel of industry experts from the Russell Partnership, featured many first time winners, including Simon Rimmer, chef patron at Greens and Flying Pig and Lobster, John Benson-Smith, consultant chef at Manchester City Football Club, James and Karina Hitchen, managing director at Neighbourhood and Southern 11, and Mark Cain, owner of Velvet.
Other newcomers to the list included Andrew Nutter, chef patron at Nutters, James Wrigley, managing director at Fluid Bars, Alex Hannah, director at Lucha Libre, Tim Bilton, chef patron at The Spiced Pear, and James Mackenzie, chef patron at Pipe and Glass.
Meanwhile, several old hands also featured in the top 50, such as Simon Rogan, chef patron at L'Enclume and Roganic, Jonathan Slater, general manager at Chester Grosvenor, William Lees Jones, managing director at JW Lees, Jonny Heyes, owner at Port Street Beer House, and Joel Wilkinson, owner at Trof.
By Owen Mckeon
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