Two winners of the Réunion des Gastronomes President’s Award 2019.

The two winners of the President Award 2019 are:

Alexandros Kaloudas, Restaurant Manager, Hilton Bankside.

Gabor Nagyvaradi, Assistant Conference and Banqueting Manager, RAF Club.

The winners were announced at the Réunion’s Annual Banquet where both were presented with trophies by Gastronome and guest speaker Chris Moore, Chief Executive of The Clink Charity, alongside the Réunion President, Wallace Vincent.

As part of the prizes both winners become an Associate Member of the Réunion for two years, receive invitations to attend up to five Gastronome events, as well as being supported in a range of industry-based development activities.

The Panel had been seriously impressed by the achievement in our industry, and keenness to progress further, that both the two finalists displayed.  Because of this, the Panel had no hesitation in recommending two Awards for this year”.

The members of the panel are: Gastronomes Alison Frith, Managing Director of the Artizian Group, and Vice President of the Réunion; Serge Pradier, Director of Food and Beverage, the RAF Club, and immediate Past President, and Hospitality Consultant Theresa Maw.  The Panel is chaired by John Cousins, Director of The Food and Beverage Training Company.


Entries for the 2020 President’s Award will open in July 2020



Identifying and encouraging excellence in professional food and beverage services


What is the President’s Award?

This Réunion initiative provides a unique opportunity for learning and career advancement, supported by members of the Réunion.

It is designed to encourage and support those following a career in food and beverage services, who also have future potential for full membership of the Réunion.

Am I eligible to apply?

The award is open to anyone working full-time, at team management level and above, in food and beverage services within the industry, in the United Kingdom.  There is no age limitation.


What are the benefits?


All Finalists receive:

  • An invitation to attend a Gastronome’s event.
  • An invitation for two to the Annual Banquet in November 2019.
  • Finalist Certificate.
  • An invitation to become an Associate Member of the Réunion des Gastronomes

In addition, the Winner receives:

  • Invitations to attend up to five Gastronome Events within a period of one year.
  • Complimentary Associate Membership of the Réunion for two years.
  • Mentoring by Gastronome members throughout the year.
  • Opportunities for a range of tailored industry-based development experiences for example: short courses, involvement in industry networking activities and specialised industry visits.
  • Award Certificate and Trophy.

What are the rules?

  • Applicants must be employed full-time, at a team management level and above, in the provision of food and beverage services within the United Kingdom. There is no age limitation.
  • Applicants should be able to provide evidence of their own education, training and career achievements. Ideally, they should be looking towards a long-term career in food and beverage services.
  • Applications from those who would already qualify for membership will be offered the opportunity to apply to become a member.
  • Applicants must provide an endorsement from their employer to confirm that appropriate time, mentoring and support will be given to the applicant during the application process and for the duration any eventual Award.
  • If any candidate changes, or intends to change, their occupation or employment during the competition process, the organisers must be informed. A new endorsement will be required, and the organisers reserve the right to reconsider a candidate’s eligibility.
  • Only entries made through the official entry process will be accepted. No handwritten entries will be accepted.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, delayed or damaged in any way. Copies of entries must be kept by applicants for future reference as correspondence cannot be returned.
  • By making an application, entrants are agreeing to the organisers holding personal data about them for the purposes of competition and the award. All candidates also agree to having their names and professional details printed in press releases and in print, including photographs taken at the events and the right to use and publish any submitted entry material.
  • The Panel’s decision at each stage of the assessment process is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Where one of the Panel members is known to any of the entrants for any reason, he, or she, will stand out of any discussion about that application. This is to avoid any potential conflict of interest and ensure the integrity of the Award assessment process is maintained.
  • The Award is as set out on the website and is correct at the time of publishing. The opportunities will be available during the 12 months following the confirmation of the Award.  However, should any opportunities become unavailable for any reason, the organisers reserve the right to vary or amend them to at least be equivalent or better.  No cash alternatives are available.
  • For the Finalists and Award winner, where expenses are not already covered, reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed by the Réunion, on submission of a claim supported by receipts.
  • Applicants enter and take part in the process at their own risk. The organisers disclaim all and any liability to the Award winner in respect of their participation in the activities of the Award.
  • The organisers waive any responsibility for any tax liability resulting from the Award.