Toby Hartley, General Catering Manager at In House Catering, London, has won the Olive Barnett Award, run by Springboard UK, at a ceremony at the Langham Hotel in London's West End.
The 29 year old beat off competition from seven other finalists and took away a grant of £1,000 a year for the next three years from the Savoy Educational Trust. The money must be spent on career development. He also won a place on the week-long Hospitality Management summer course at École hôtelière in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Tony Elliott of the Savoy Gastronomes, who created the award in 1975, said, "Toby was very impressive. He demonstrated a phenomenal grip on his business and dedication to making it as profitable as possible without any detriment to standards."
Second prize went to Sabrina Hencke, Graduate Trainee Manager at the Crowne Plaza, London while there were two winners for the third prize – Christina Heindl, Restaurant Manager at Swissôtel, London and Marta Klehr, Reception Shift Leader, from The Berkeley, London.