Back for the first time since 2012, The Catererreveals the Top 100 most powerful people in hospitality, how they got onto our list and what you can learn from them


It has been six years since The Caterer published its Top 100 list of the hospitality industry’s most powerful movers and shakers. A lot has happened in that time.

Since emerging from one of the most devastating recessions on record, the industry has had to contend with the fallout from two general elections (2015 and 2017) and the political uncertainty of two referendums – for Scottish Independence in 2014 and to leave the EU in 2016.

With every single operator on this Top 100 power list focusing on the challenges that lay ahead as the country moves closer to Brexit, we celebrate the most influential individuals who are having the biggest impact upon the industry.

The list, sponsored by Knorr, features a diverse collection of personalities, from the bosses of the biggest corporate giants to those pushing the boundaries of style, concept or cuisine in their chosen field. It includes hoteliers, restaurateurs, contract caterers, pub and bar operators and chefs.

While the political landscape may have shown uncertainty since 2012, there is no denying that the occupier of the number one spot in the Top 100 has remained rock solid at the top of British hospitality. As well as heading the largest independent catering business in the UK – WSH – Alastair Storey has overseen the expansion of the business into the public dining arena and played an inspirational role in raising the profile of front of house staff through the Gold Service Scholarship.