Springboard Chairman wins special hospitality award

The cream of the hospitality and catering industry were honoured at The Cateys earlier this week, with Springboard’s Chairman picking up a top prize.
 
Taking home the Special Award in front of around 1,200 people at Grosvenor House in London, Stephen Moss was singled out for his career in the sector which has included launching the Springboard career advice charity.
 
Formed 25 years ago in London, the scheme was aimed at promoting careers in the industry and has helped many young people find hospitality and catering jobs. In the subsequent years, the charity has rolled out nationwide thanks to a government grant, with Moss remaining in charge as its Chairman.
 
Earlier in his career, Moss had been a prominent figure on the London restaurant scene, owning Drakes in Chelsea and was a partner in 190 Queensgate alongside Anthony Worrall Thompson, Roy Ackerman and Richard Shepherd.
 
He has since been awarded an MBE for services to the restaurant industry and a CBE for his work involving education and training.
 
Speaking about his latest honour, Moss said: “It has been a wonderful journey and I am so proud of what has been achieved, but we couldn’t have got there as a charity without our Chief Executive, Anne Pierce, and the Springboard team and the wonderful industry support we have had from the very start 25 years ago.”
 
Other winners on the night included the Michelin-starred Sat Bains who took home the Chef Award, while the Ox in Belfast was given the prize for Menu of the Year, Wahaca won the Sustainable Business Award and Xavier Rousset from Texture and 28°-50° was handed the Wine and Spirit Ambassador Award.
 
Bains was also recently in the news for launching his new “restaurant within a restaurant” which will seat just six people at his eponymous base in Nottingham.
 
Called Nucleus, the restaurant will have its own dedicated kitchen and will serve new dishes as well as “evolutions” of the Chef’s original plates.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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