Eight leading hospitality figures have been credited in the New Year’s honours list, including Le Raj owner and National Curry Awards organiser Enam Ali (pictured right), and The Square founder, Nigel Platts-Martin, who both received MBEs.
The awards come as the icing on the restaurateurs’ cake for 2008, with both enjoying a remarkably successful year in which Ali received the accolade of Personality of the Year in the Restaurant Hall of Fame, and Platts-Martin’s The Square, Chez Bruce and The Ledbury all featuring in Restaurant magazine’s Top 100 UK Restaurants awards.
Joining the restaurateurs in the honours list were CAMRA founder Michael Hardman, HR director of Interpub plc Franca Knowles, and founder and creative director of Jongleurs, Maria Kempinska, all of whom also received MBE’s.
Nick Bish, chief executive of the ALMR, said: “It is not often that the unsung heroes at the heart of our industry get a mention in this way and ALMR would wish to be among the first to congratulate (them) on this very well deserved recognition.”
Meanwhile two of the VisitBritain board, VisitEngland chairman and chief executive of Hilmar Hotel Management, Hugh Taylor, and chairman of the VisitBritain Audit Committee and managing director of Pearl Hotels and Restaurants Group, Kumar Muthalagappan, were awarded OBE’s.
Wynne Philip Morgan Griffiths, chief executive of Young’s Seafood, was also honoured in the list, receiving a coveted CBE for services to the food industry.