Peach Hero & Icon Awards 2011: all the winners and pictures
Restaurant legend Phillip Kaye was awarded the Industry Icon award, while TGI Friday's boss Karen Forrester and the Jamie's Italian chain picked up the two Leadership Awards at this year's Peach Hero & Icon Awards in London. Other trophy winners were Red Hot World Buffet, Zizzi, Harvester, Byron, Wetherspoons and PizzaExpress.
Phillip Kaye, who over five decades of business has helped create some Britain’s most successful and best-known restaurant brands, won this year’s Peach Network “Industry Icon” award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the UK’s restaurant market. See Casual dining pioneer Phillip Kaye made an Industry Icon
Friday's managing director Karen Forrester won he Leadership Award for breathing new life and vigour into both the brand and the team at TGI Fridays, while Jamie Italian took the company award for continuing to be the market's trailbazer. Chairman John Jackson collected the trophy.
The Newcomer award went to Red Hot World Buffet for proving there’s not only life but a thriving eating-out market outside London if you have the right product.
The Breakthrough Brand trophy was picked up by Byron for bringing simplicity, style and freshness to the burger market, and creating a loyal and growing fan base into the bargain.
The Evolutionary Brand award, for those that have excelled in adapting their operations for changing times, went Harvester for shedding its suburban pub image through its presence on TV, on retail parks and in shopping centres.
The newly created Technology Innovation trophy was awarded to PizzaExpress its iPhone app and contactless payment breakthrough, whil JD Wethgerspoon picked up the People Development trophy for pioneering the development apprenticeships and graduate level training with Leeds Met University.
Finally, the Consumer Choice award, determined by satisaction ratings of customers researched in the Peach BrandTrack survey, went to Zizzi.
Thje awards were run by Peach Factory in conjunction with Coca-Cola, RBS, Livebookings, Torex, Ecolab, Enotria and Coffer Corporate Leisure.
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Full list of winners and finalists
Industry Icon: winner Phillip Kaye
Red Hot World Buffet (winner)
Bistro du Vin
Craft Beer Co
Fire & Stone
JD Wetherspoon (winner)
Peach Pub Co
Spirit Pub Co
Leadership Award (company)
Jamie’s Italian (winner)
Leadership Award (individual)
Karen Forrester (winner)
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Restaurant legend Phillip Kaye is presented with his Industry Icon award by Ian Neill, chairman of Peach Factory
TGI Friday's Karen Forrester receives her Leadership trophy from Coffer Group's David Coffer
Jamie's Italian chairman John Jackson accepts the Leadership award for best company from Neil Parry of RBS
Byron founder Tom Byng picks up the Breakthrough Brand award from Livebookings' ceo Colin Tenwick
M&B executive chairman Bob Ivell receives the Evolutionary Brand trophy on behlaf of Harvester from Ecolab's Lee Kirk
Ziizzi md Helen Jones picks up the Consumer Choice trophy from Coca-Cola's Peter Rigby
JD Wetherspoon's won the People Development award. Catering & marketing director Rebecca Payton received the trophy from Enotria md Alison Levitt
PizzaExpress IT director John Sullivan accepts the Technology Innovation award from Torex ceo Steve Rowley
James Horler and Andrew Guy (rt) lead the tributes to Phillip Kaye
Peach founder Peter Martin introduces the awards ceremony
Kaye family celebtate
Phillip Kaye congratulated by David Coffer