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Liverpool Hospitality People Awards Finalists for 2024 are revealed!

The Liverpool Hospitality Association is excited to reveal the finalists for the People Awards for 2024.

The awards, in association with Saffron Vanilla, Liverpool ONE and Titanic Hotel & Rum Warehouse are a chance to celebrate the talented individuals at the heart of Liverpool’s bustling hospitality and retail industry. The event is a chance to shine a light on and honour the unsung heroes who demonstrate dedication, resilience, and commitment in an industry that has faced unprecedented challenges over the last few years.

Steven Hesketh, Vice-Chair of Liverpool Hospitality Association said:

“This has been a fantastic year for the Awards with a bumper number of nominations which our panel of 17 awards judges have found to be a very inspirational read, with an extremely high standard demonstrated. The People Awards give us a chance to highlight exceptional individuals and teams who fuel our industry’s resilience and innovation. This year’s shortlist features 75 finalists and 45 businesses represented which is testament to our thriving hospitality and retail sector.

The 16 categories this year including Rising Star, Front and Heart of House Awards, Chef of the Year, Top Team, and the new Retail Excellence Award. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 9th May 2024 at the Rum Warehouse, Titanic Hotel.

Brian Connor, General Manager at the Titanic Hotel said:

“We are so looking forward to hosting the prestigious Liverpool Hospitality People Awards again this year at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool. After receiving so many nominations, it has been a real struggle for our judges to choose our short-listed nominees. Congratulations to all who were nominated, who have been put forward for being absolute shining stars within your businesses. We are also looking forward to welcoming our Retail Colleagues to the awards this year. We wish the very best of luck to all who have been short listed, and we look forward to welcoming you all to the Awards night which promises to be a truly magical evening.

Stephen Ramsden Director Saffron Vanilla commented

“Another year of Liverpool Hospitality Awards we have had so many high calibre entries, they all truly made the judges job very difficult to choose a shortlist. It is very encouraging to see the future of the Hospitality industry in the Greater Liverpool region at such a professional level. Congratulations to all the finalists. The future of hospitality in our region is created by the people who care for it, you are custodians of the future of Hospitality embrace it and run with it.

Donna Howitt, Place Strategy Director at Liverpool ONE said:

“We extend our congratulations to all the shortlisted nominees at the Liverpool Hospitality People Awards. We are fortunate to live and work in a City Region known for its warm welcome and exceptional customer service, and look forward to joining in the celebrations at the awards ceremony in May as we put the spotlight on the remarkable talent that thrives within the sector.”

Rising Star Award, sponsored by Avrenim

  • Cameron Dodd, Happy Days Group
  • Daisy Cooper, Titanic Hotel, Liverpool
  • Ellie Stafford, The Municipal Hotel and Spa Liverpool – MGallery
  • Neve Sutton, Hosted by National Museums Liverpool
  • Poppi Thompson, The Liner Hotel Liverpool
  • Sophie Scott, Holiday Inn Express Liverpool Royal Albert Dock

Unsung Hero Award, sponsored by Titanic Hotel Liverpool

  • Chris Duffy, Hilton Liverpool City Centre
  • James Wood, Mercure Liverpool Hotel
  • John Douglas, GSG Hospitality
  • Liam McCauley, 30 James Street
  • Stuart Rimmer, Pullman Liverpool
  • Teeya Jackson, Arts Bar Ltd

Young Chef of the Year, sponsored by Hosted by NML

  • Conner Jago Woods, Titanic Hotel Liverpool
  • Daryl Jackson, Pullman Liverpool
  • Jose Rice, Strawberry Field

Chef of the Year, sponsored by Sugar & Lime

  • Ian Corkhill, Strawberry Field
  • John Fitzgerald, Hosted by National Museums Liverpool
  • Julius Abalos, Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village
  • Sharrad Davies, Pullman Liverpool
  • Vladimir Septak, Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Head Chef of the Year, sponsored by Saffron Vanilla

  • Daniel Heffy, NORD
  • Dave Rooney, Pullman Liverpool
  • Ferenc Haar, Titanic Hotel Liverpool
  • Kieran Maxwell, Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village

Barista of the Year, sponsored by Cool Breeze Agency & Nineteen

  • Carlos Perreira, Bold Street Coffee
  • Daisy Waring, Crosby Coffee
  • Harry Thomas, Crosby Coffee
  • Josh Harris, Bean Coffee
  • Paul Hunter, Bean Coffee

Bar Mixologist of The Year, sponsored by The Guide Liverpool

  • Adam Hughes, Manolo
  • Dominic Barnes, Nova Scotia
  • John Ennis, Manolo
  • Nick Thomas, Salt Dog Slims

Heart of House Award, sponsored by C&C Group

  • Aleksandra Denisova, Holiday Inn
  • Charlie Hughes, Titanic Hotel, Liverpool
  • Elaine Fearns, Staybridge Suites Liverpool
  • Gabriella Nosidlak, Hilton Liverpool City Centre
  • Hannah Condon, Leonardo Hotel Liverpool
  • Rebeckah Hird, Pullman Liverpool

Front of House Award, sponsored by Liverpool BID Company

  • Chris Klein, Pullman Liverpool
  • Felipe Corrales, Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village
  • Jack Randle, Leonardo Hotel Liverpool
  • Jonathan Joynson, The Liner Hotel Liverpool
  • Kinga Walsh, The Municipal Hotel and Spa Liverpool – MGallery
  • Michael Wilkes, INNSiDE by Melia, Liverpool

Excellence in Food Service Award, sponsored by Lanson

  • Crowne Plaza, Food & Beverage Team
  • Fay McCarthy, Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village
  • Ivana McCluskie, Malmaison Hotel
  • John Lewis Hospitality Team, Place to Eat
  • Josh McCafferty, Pullman Liverpool
  • Libby Starkey, Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Excellence in Retail Award, sponsored by Liverpool ONE

  • Faye Marsh, Marks and Spencer
  • Museum of Liverpool Shop
  • Red Run Ltd
  • Ruth Crawley, Penhaligons
  • Sasha Moore, Vincentius

Top Team Award, sponsored by PIB Insurance

  • Barfection, Training Team
  • Delifonseca, The Delifonseca Team
  • Hilton Liverpool City Centre, The Sales and Events Team
  • Hosted by NML Team
  • Liverpool Philharmonic, Food and Beverage Management Team
  • Sodexo Live! team at The ACC Liverpool Group
  • Spaces at the Spine, Venue Team

Sales and Revenue Star of the Year, sponsored by CanDo Payments & Elavon

  • Alfie Abbot, Hard Days Night
  • Gary Mills, Leonardo Hotel Liverpool
  • Helen Duffy, Malmaison Hotel
  • Marian Cotter, Staycity
  • Michelle Brunskill, Staybridge Suites Liverpool
  • Nikki Palmer, Holiday Inn

Manager of the Year, sponsored by MSP Global

  • Coleen Dewhurst, Titanic Hotel, Liverpool
  • Dean Boyd, Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village
  • Krystie Palmer, GSG Hospitality
  • Lisa Graham, Aloft Liverpool
  • Peter Affleck, Pullman Liverpool
  • Sue Abdul, Holiday Inn Express

There is no shortlist for the Judges’ Choice Award, sponsored by The Hospitality Hero and the Liverpool Hospitality Chairman’s Award, winners of both awards will be announced at the awards ceremony.

The awards for 2024 are supported by Saffron Vanilla, Liverpool ONE, Titanic Hotel and Rum Warehouse, Hospitality Hero, Liverpool BID Company, MSP Global, CanDo Payments & Elavon, PIB Insurance, Lanson, C&C Group, The Guide Liverpool, Nineteen Agency, Sugar & Lime, Hosted by NML, Avrenim, RW Photography, Think Wine, Red Events and Cool Breeze Agency.

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