The fifth annual UKH Restaurant Association Gala Dinner will take place on Monday 28 November 2022, organised by World Young Chef Young Waiter (YCYW), in association with UKHospitality. The prestigious event, in aid of World YCYW Education Foundation, brings together leading hospitality figures for a special celebration dinner at The Savoy Hotel, in the heart of London.
Last year’s guests: Adam Handling, Robert Walton MBE, Theo Randall, Chris & Jeff Galvin, Dipna Anand, Brian Turner CBE, Cyrus & Pervin Todiwala, & Ching He Huang MBE
Previous guests: Raymond Blanc OBE, Emily Roux, John Williams MBE, Albert Roux OBE, Claude Bosi, Michel Roux Jr, Diego Ferrari, Robert Walton MBE, Paolo de Tarso Ready Steady Cook reunion: Ainsley Harriott MBE, Antony Worrall Thompson, James Martin & Brian Turner CBE
President of the Restaurant Association & chairman of Young Chef Young Waiter Robert Walton MBE, will host the event alongside speakers including Kate Nicholls CEO of UKHospitality. The Restaurant Association Award for Services to Hospitality 2022, designed and sponsored by Fabergé, will be presented to one esteemed chef. The event will raise money for World Young Chef Young Waiter Education Foundation. The foundation offers apprenticeships, internships, and scholarships to young people from all walks of life – helping to break down the barriers for young people to succeed in all areas of hospitality.
Partners and sponsors include: NEFT Vodka, Dojo, The Old Head Golf Course, Great Campaign, Discover Global Network, American Express, Oldenburg Vineyards, Wine&Something, Frerejean Frères, The Fork, UKHospitality, UKH Restaurant Association, World YCYW, Fabergé and Hospitality Action.
Guests: This year’s guests include top chefs and hospitality leaders including Brian Turner CBE, Ching He Huang MBE, John Williams MBE, Clare Smyth MBE, Cyrus Todiwala, Claude Bosi, Jeff Galvin, Chris Galvin, Theo Randall, Adam Handling, Rick Stein, Dipna Annad, Jason Atherton, Simon Rogan, Jean-Philippe Blondet, Tom Kerridge, Galton Blakistone, Marcus Wareing, Andrew Wong, John Torode, Tom Aikens, Heston Blumenthal, Michel Roux Jr, Angela Hartnett, Neil Borthwick, Richard Corrigan, Matt Tebbutt, James Martin, Sat Bains, Atul Kutcher, Ainsley Harriot, Raymond Blanc, Francesco Mazzei, Michael Caines and Sanjay Dwivedi.
We are thrilled to announce that Wayne Woodward will return to sing at this year’s dinner. Guests will be treated to delicious food and drink throughout the evening including a Caviar and NEFT Vodka tasting during the reception plus Frerejean Frères Champagne.
At the start of dinner, guests will be served two winning cocktails from the NEFT Vodka Cocktail Challenge from the World Young Chef Young Waiter final last week. The competition was won by Elisa Doisneau, who represented Team England alongside chef Miltan Masha at the Monaco final. The Earl’s Garden by Elisa Doisneau is a ‘tribute to British culture, transforming the classic ‘tea time’ into ‘drink time’!’ featuring NEFT Vodka, Earl Grey Tea, St Germain Liqueur, White Verjus, Peychaud’s Bitter, Salt & Bergamot. Also served will be a cocktail from Tilly Morris, the winning World YCTW Waiter 2022 from Wales, who was awarded the prize for most Creative Cocktail with I See the Sea, a cocktail inspired by Pembrokeshire in Wales and the people Tilly has met. This cocktail ‘brings a little piece of Wales to Monaco’ with Neft Vodka, Samphire, Oyster Leaf, Jalapeno Brine, Still Wild Extra Dry Vermouth, Bottle Green Elderflower Cordial & Lime Zest Bitters.
Paul Robinson, Chief Creative Officer, NEFT Vodka: “I was so impressed by the innovation and creativity of Elisa Doisneau of England. The cocktail she created, The Earl’s Garden was so perfectly crafted and unique. I can’t wait to enjoy this special cocktail at the Restaurant Association Gala Dinner as we celebrate the industry. As a young progressive brand, it is such a pleasure to be involved with a competition that promotes and rewards young progressive talent in hospitality. Spirits and hospitality have always walked hand and hand and the future of these global industries depends on the energy and creative skills of enthusiastic innovators.”
The Earl’s Garden by Elisa Doisneau with Neft Vodka, Paul Robinson Chief Creative Officer, I See the Sea by Tilly Morris with NEFT Vodka and NEFT Vodka with Elisa Doisneau and her World YCYW England partner, Miltan Masha
A four-course fine-dining menu will include matching wines from Oldenburg Vineyards, followed by an after-dinner lounge with music and drinks, hosted by NEFT Vodka.
Robert Walton MBE, chairman of World Young Chef Young Waiter & President of the Restaurant Association said: “It is an honour for me as President of The Restaurant Association to host our fifth Restaurant Association Gala Dinner in aid of the World Young Chef Young Waiter Educational Foundation, alongside our friends and partners in the hospitality industry. The Gala is once again a key event to celebrate the achievements and amazing successes of our industry. World Young Chef Young Waiter is the future of our industry, targeting those who are 26 years and under in the hospitality industry and teaming up chefs and waiters to work together. It has long been an ambition of mine to take this unique competition to a global audience and thanks to funds from the World YCYW Education Foundation, we’ve been able to launch in eight countries this year. I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support as we look to nurture the next generation of hospitality.”
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “It’s always fantastic to be involved in this event and I’m delighted that UKHospitality continues to offer its support. I’m especially pleased that the event is raising money for the World Young Chef Young Waiter Education Foundation. The foundation does great work helping to get the next generation into our sector and perfectly complements the work we are doing to promote the variety of careers available in hospitality. As we’ll all be too familiar with, recruitment continues to be a challenge and following the launch of our Workforce Strategy last year, we’re engaging closely with government on developing new routes into the sector and stressing the urgent need to address the immediate vacancies we continue to see.”
Sean Valentine FIH, Managing Director of World Young Chef Young Waiter said: “This year we have successfully launched World Young Chef Young Waiter in eight countries around the globe with a spectacular World Final planned for Monaco next month. The Restaurant Association Gala Dinner will finish off an incredible year post-pandemic that has put hospitality back on the map. The Restaurant Association Gala Dinner is a celebration of our industry and all the funds raised go to help talented young chefs and waiters flourish in hospitality. Thank you so much to all of our partners for their incredible support to make the World YCYW Education Foundation a reality.”
Guy Moreve, CMO at Dojo said: “The passion that restaurateurs, chefs, waiters and sommeliers bring to creating memorable dining experiences across the country is what makes the hospitality industry so special. Taking a moment to reflect on the last year’s biggest moments and celebrating them at the Restaurant Association Gala Dinner is more important than ever. That’s why we’re delighted to partner with the World Young Chef Young Waiter for another year to raise funds for Hospitality Action.”
Dan Kleeberg, CEO & President of NEFT Vodka said: “Like the world’s best chefs and waiters at the RA Gala, NEFT is focused on delivering remarkable, memorable moments by delighting the senses and delivering ultra-premium taste experiences. NEFT Vodka is crafted in the Austrian Rhaetian Alps. The spirit is made of oxygen-rich spring water, four unique non-GMO ancient rye grains, and nothing else. No sugar is added. The result, a pure taste and refined flavour profile. Participating in the gala ensures that NEFT will be enjoyed by the most influential people in the hospitality industry. NEFT is thrilled to be a part of this great cause and support the next generation of hospitality leaders.”
Patrick Hooykaas, Regional Managing Director at TheFork said: “We’re thrilled to support the Restaurant Association Gala Dinner and its efforts in bringing together the best the industry has to offer, whilst championing the World Young Chef Young Waiter Education Foundation’s work to nurture emerging talent. It is an opportunity we as a brand fully support. Who knows, hopefully, in years to come, it will be the same talent coming back as future Gala guests!”
Brent Dornford, Marketing Director at The Old Head Golf Course said: “Old Head Golf Links are delighted to be working in association with Robert Walton MBE and World Young Chef Young Waiter for the Restaurant Association Gala Dinner at The Savoy Hotel. Renowned as the Most Spectacular Golf Course in the world, Old Head also incorporates a number of exclusive suites at course level beneath the incredible clubhouse each offering wonderful views of the Lighthouse and Atlantic Ocean beyond. Culinary excellence is achieved through a highly talented team utilising the most select of local ingredients from land and sea within the Lusitania Bar and De Courcey Restaurant. Combining with World Young Chef Waiter, the team were very proud to host the inaugural Hospitality Golf Classic in 2022, an annual event that continues into 2023 and which proved extremely popular with the multitude of Michelin chefs who were in attendance.”
Dale Agar, Co-Founder of Wine&Something said: “Wine&Something is proud to partner with the Restaurant Association Gala Dinner for the fifth year running. With hospitality back to its vibrant, lively best, we look forward to celebrating our incredible industry with you all tonight. Ambitious, innovative and gratifyingly different. Wine&Something is a contemporary wine merchant specialising in high quality wines from small production, family owned producers around the world.”
Louie-Joe Findlater, UK Director of Frerejean Frères said: “It is a privilege for Frerejean Freres to be poured at the Restaurant Association Gala dinner for 3 years in a row! Bringing together some of the best chefs and restaurateurs that Britain has to offer.”
Nic van Aarde, Winemaker at Oldenburg Vineyards said: “Oldenburg Vineyards is delighted to be part of the fifth RA Gala Dinner, in support of the hospitality industry. Tonight’s wines have been specially chosen to pair with the delicious food being served by the team of talented chefs and include Oldenburg Vineyards CL° White Blend 2020 & Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2016. Situated in an elevated valley of outstanding beauty in Stellenbosch, South Africa, our philosophy at Oldenburg Vineyards is less is more. Our intervention in the vineyards is minimal, allowing the grapes to benefit from the influence of our cool climate, diverse soils and mountain terroir.”