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The Caterer 25 March 2014

25 March 2014

Hotelympia Innovation Awards finalists revealed

Judges have whittled down hundreds of entries to reveal the 25 that have made the shortlist of the 2014 Hotelympia Innovation Awards.

Products in the categories of Tabletop & Design, Catering Equipment, Food & Drink and Technology will now go head-to-head on day one of Hotelympia 2014 with delegates pitching behind-closed-doors to Innovation Idols in a grand finale where only four will emerge victorious.

The shortlisted finalists are:

Food & Drink: The Balgo Honey Spoon from ICO Catering; James White Drinks’ Beet It Sport flapjack; Cedar Bay Maple & Hickory Plank Salmon from DJM Food Solutions; Honeybuns gluten free cake mix; Love Fruitease from Love Taste C and Vegware’s compostable ‘PLA wine goblet.

Toby Wand, managing director at Fresh Montgomery, said: “As the Innovation Awards return, we feel that not only have we uncovered the brightest new innovations in the hospitality world, but raised the bar yet again in terms of product quality and new ideas. Good luck to our finalists facing the Innovation Idols – the process will be demanding yet extremely positive. I look forward to our four winners being crowned and to seeing each and every finalist on display throughout the four days of the show.”

Innovation Idols will include Nick Sandler, creative chef for Pret A Manger; Vanessa Brady, President of SBID; Adam Marshall, chief executive of London-based pub and bar group, Grand Union; Professor David Russell and David Bentley from The Russell Partnership, Cyrus Todiwala OBE, restaurateur, chef; Hayden Groves 2013 National Chef of the Year and Jody Scheckter, founder of Laverstoke Park Farm.

The final four winners will be announced on Hotelympia’s Main Stage at 4pm on 28 April. Visitors to the show will be able to see all the finalists’ products in a new dedicated area of the show and details of each product in an Innovations Supplement in the 18 April issue of Caterer and Hotelkeeper.


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