Prezzo, M&B and Compass big winners at Menu Innovation Awards

By Becky Paskin , 28-Mar-2011
Last updated on 28-Mar-2011 at 12:22 GMT

Related topics: Events & Awards, Restaurants, Pubs & Bars

Prezzo, Mitchells & Butlers and Compass’s Nick Vadis have all been named winners in the Menu Innovation Network’s annual Menu Innovation and Development Awards (MIDAS).

Ann Tysoe of Oak Farm Foods presents Compass's Nick Vadis with the Head of Food award

Ann Tysoe of Oak Farm Foods presents Compass's Nick Vadis with the Head of Food award

The awards, which are now in their third year, recognise the “outstanding talents of menu development managers and group executive chefs in the multi-unit and chain restaurant sectors of the foodservice industry”.

A team of mystery diners and judges, with experience of multi unit menu operations, visited each venue nominated over the course of six weeks.

Jamie Petch of Ember Pub & Dining by M&B was given the best Branded Pub Restaurant award, while Paul Lewis of Prezzo walked away with the best Casual Dining Restaurant gong.

Nick Vadis, head of Compass Group, was presented with the Head of Food award.

All the winners were presented with a place on the Menu Innovation Network’s five-day research trip to Chicago in May.

The winners of the 2011 Menu Innovation and Development awards are:

Branded Pub Restaurant
Jamie Petch, Mitchells & Butlers for Ember Pub & Dining

Breakfast
Michael Pearson, Intercontinental Hotels

Casual Dining Restaurant
Paul Lewis, Prezzo

City Bar Dining
Ben Keggans, Orchid Group for Living Room

Coffee / Sandwich Shop
Fiona Cramp, Eat

Community Pub
Ben Jelley, Marston’s Inn and Taverns

Dessert
Simon Xavier, The Restaurant Group for Frankie & Benny’s

Fairtrade
Jane Wakeling, Compass Group

Head of Food
Nick Vadis, Compass Group

Instore Restaurant
Marianne Jones, WM Morrison Supermarkets

Kids
Nicola Arrow, Marston’s Inns and Taverns

New Concept
Jason Radbourn, Punch Taverns for Flaming Grill

Premium Pub Dining
Tim Marchant, Mitchells & Butlers for Village Pub & Kitchen

Premium Staff Dining
Peter Joyner, Elior UK for Linklaters

QSR
Louise Direito, Yum for KFC

Sport & Leisure
Andy Lowe, David Lloyd

Town & City Pub
Matthew Elsdon, JD Wetherspoon

Travel
Ian Brocklehurst, Welcome Break

Value Pub Restaurant
Graeme Warwick, Greene King for Hungry Horse

Workplace Catering Solution
Stephen Holder, Sodexo for Be

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