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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
Franco Manca

Breakthrough Brand
Byron (winner)
Fire & Stone

Evolutionary Brand
Harvester (winner)
Las Iguanas

Technology Innovation
PizzaExpress (winner)
JD Wetherspoon

People Development
JD Wetherspoon
Peach Pub Co 
Spirit Pub Co

Consumer Choice
Loch Fyne

Leadership Award (company)
Jamie’s Italian
JD Wetherspoon


Leadership Award (individual)
Karen Forrester
Tom Byng
Jillian MacLean
Robin Rowland



Co-founder Helen Dahliwal receives the Newcomer Trophy for Red Hot World Buffet from industry icon John Barnes
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