Cyrus Todiwala receives Footprint Special Achievement Award

By Becky Paskin

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Cyrus Todiwala has been rewarded for his ethical and sustainable working practices
Cyrus Todiwala has been rewarded for his ethical and sustainable working practices
Cyrus Todiwala OBE, chef proprietor of Café Spice Namaste in London, has been given the Special Achievement Award at the annual Footprint Awards for championing environmentally-friendly and sustainable operating practices.

Todiwala, who is now planning to open a second restaurant​ at Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5 Hotel, was praised for his work in supporting local farmers and fishermen, promoting healthy diets and helping budding entrepreneurs, all of which was deemed to be “below the radar”.

He was presented with his award at a ceremony held last night at the Royal Institute of British Architecture in London, where a number of other hospitality businesses were also rewarded for their environmentally-friendly and sustainable ethos.

Contract catering company Sodexo was presented with the Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility Award for its “Better Tomorrow Plan” to support employees’, clients’, customers’ and suppliers’ own sustainability.

Holland House Retreat Centre in Pershore, which serves local produce and was the first retreat house to become apart of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, was given the Community Vote Award.

Christophe Stourton, communications director of the Footprint Awards, said: “We have been greatly encouraged by the amount and quality of entries in this year’s awards. It really shows – despite tough economic times – how vital sustainability is to the future of this sector and the benefits that brings to the environment, the communities in which they operate and to their businesses.”

The winners of the 2011 Footprint Awards are:

Special Achievement Award
Winner: Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL
Runner up: Nicki Fisher, Pret A Manger and Tamsin Gane, Sodexo

Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility Award
Winner: Sodexo, for its ‘Better Tomorrow Plan’
Runner up: Cafédirect

Community Vote Award
Winner: Holland House Retreat Centre, Pershore
Runner up: Combe House Hotel and Restaurant, Devon

Sustainable Use of Natural Resources Award
Winner: Greenvale, for its Cascade Water Recycling System
Runner Up: Alpro Soya

Environmentally Efficient Logistics Award
Winner: Brakes
Runner Up: 3663 and Reynolds

Commercial Benefit Through Sustainable Practice Award
Winner: BaxterStorey, for its approach to sustainability
Runner up: Creed Foodservice

Innovations in Packaging Award
Winner: Paper Pallet Company, for its new pallet development
Runner up: Llanllyr Water Company

Energy Efficiency Award
Winner: Creed Foodservice
Runner Up: Winterhalter

Consumer Engagement Award
Winner: The Beacon Green Hotel, a virtual hotel website
Runner up: Partners in Purchasing

Sustainable Sourcing Award
Winner: Nestlé Professional
Runner up: BaxterStorey

Best Sustainable Catering Equipment Manufacturer
Winner: Gram
Runner up: Dudson

Internal Communications Award
Winner: Bartlett Mitchell
Runner up: 3663

British Supply Award
Winner: CH&Co.
Runner up: BaxterStorey

Best Sustainable Foodservice Installation
Winner: Space Catering Equipment at The Scarlet, Cornwall
Runner up: MEIKO Microvac at The Royal Garden Hotel

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