RESTAURANT industry veteran Bob Walton has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
The proprietor of Trunkwell Mansion House in Reading got the news on the same day he assumed the position of Restaurant Association Chairman.
He served as Vice-Chairman from 2006 until his promotion, and has been a member of the Restaurant Association (RA) for nearly 18 years.
Mr Walton, who trained as a chef at the Savoy Hotel, London and has owned Trunkwell House since 1990, said of being honoured for services to the hospitality industry: “I am delighted. It made my new year wonderful!”
While in office he hopes to raise the RA’s profile in the industry, involve some bigger sponsors in their work and make the association`s events, including the Chairman and President’s lunches, the National Restaurateurs Dinner and the RA golf tournament, established among the key dates in the industry calendar.
Bob succeeds David Baldwin as RA chairman.