Bacchus Alumni Awards 2016
The second Bacchus Alumni Awards took place on Monday 11 April 2016 at the stunning St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London.
More than 200 alumni, students, staff and friends from across the international hospitality industry attended the glamorous awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of students and graduates of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management.
It was organised by the Bacchus Society, which helps the school's students and graduates build relationships within the hospitality sector.
Ben McEwen, Alumni Chair of the Bacchus Society said: "Our alumni are our greatest ambassadors internationally. They go on to find incredible success in the hospitality industry and to shape the reputation of theschool on the world stage."
Celebrity chef Ken Hom and actress, broadcaster and food writer Madhur Jaffrey presented some of the awards at the event.
Madhur said: "It's fantastic seeing the young students do what they do and do it so magnificently. The mentor programme is admirable and helps students make their mark on the international stage."
Ken added: "The students inspire me. I love seeing the passion and eagerness to learn on their faces. Students go on to achieve such great things and I can see myself having a luxury retirement all over the world visiting their hotels and restaurants."
The Bacchus Award winners and nominees were:
MANAGER OF THE YEAR »
Here we are looking for a successful manager, whose career is on an upward trajectory, who is having a positive impact on their team and organisation, and whose professional profile is rising.
- Gareth Banner
General Manager, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London
- Ian Rydin
Senior Director Future Openings, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, London
- Joerg Rodig
General Manager, Four Seasons Resorts and Residences, Canada
- Rupert Power
Co-founder and Managing Director, Sophie's Stakehouse, London
YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD »
Here we are searching for rising stars under the age of 30, who are the industry leaders of the future. The winner will be someone who is proving themselves in their field, is respected by colleagues and who has immense potential.
- Robyn Isherwood
Head of Luxury Events, Lillingston, London
- Sarah Laybourne
Deputy General Manager, Firmdale Hotels, London
- Peter Murray
General Manager, Mr & Mrs Fox, Swire Restaurants, Hong Kong
BACCHUS MENTOR AWARD »
This award seeks to recognise one of our impressive Bacchus Mentors for the exceptional support they offer to our students.
- Lynne Levin
Director and CEO Levin Wines, London
- Don Birch
Partner, Travel Innovation Partners LLP, Switzerland
- Kiaran MacDonald
Managing Director, The Savoy Hotel, London
MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY »
This award is for an alumnus who is a truly inspirational and respected figure, who has helped to shape the hospitality industry through their talent and commitment.
- Peter Ducker
Chief Executive, Institute of Hospitality
SPECIAL AWARD »
This award recognises an individual who has carved out a successful career in industry and maintained a strong relationship with the school.
- David Levin
Owner, Levin Wines
Congratulations to all of our finalists and thank you to everyone who attended the event. We look forward to seeing you at the Bacchus Alumni Awards 2017!