Celebrating emerging talent
Creating exciting, memorable food and service experiences is what CH&CO is all about. Our expertise and enthusiasm span the diverse hospitality sector, including workplaces, destinations, venues, events, livery, education and healthcare.
People are always at the heart of hospitality and CH&CO. Our inclusive culture focuses on inspiring and developing all our people to grow with us – from the chefs and on-site teams serving our customers to our people working in our offices supporting our operations and clients.
From apprentice to director, people will succeed and grow with the inspiration and support to develop their skills and knowledge to be brilliant at their job. We encourage our people with the right opportunities and confidence to grow professionally and personally. We also champion hospitality as an exciting career option, working with industry partners to raise awareness of the fantastic pathways and limitless potential available to young people.
Inspiring and engaging emerging talent is very important as the industry advances in a changed landscape. We’re proud to be headline sponsor of the Acorn Awards and lead the way in celebrating the exciting young talent in our industry and nurturing the next dynamic generation of hospitality leaders.
Rudding Park is a privately owned luxury resort in Harrogate. The hotel features a range of bedrooms and suites, a destination spa, Clocktower Restaurant, 3 AA Rosette Horto Restaurant, Rudding Park Kitchen Garden, a residents gym, private cinema, golf course and golf academy and a meetings and events venue. Ninety contemporary bedrooms have been designed using modern fabrics and tasteful colours. Four bedrooms are Spa Rooms which feature an ensuite spa bath, sauna or steam room. Some of the rooms in the Follifoot Wing have private terraces and balconies and all the suites have ensuite steam rooms. Rudding Park Spa recaptures Harrogate’s spa heritage using natural spring water from the grounds at Rudding Park and features the UK’s first Roof Top Spa and Garden – a social space to enjoy the extensive range of hydrotherapy and thermal experiences with views over the mature gardens. Horto Restaurant offers contemporary fine dining using ingredients from Rudding Park Kitchen Garden and as such the menu is dictated by nature and the flair of the Chef and the skill of the gardener. Alternatively, Clocktower Brasserie is relaxed and informal by day and exudes glamour by night. The perfect place for a date, a special occasion or a business lunch. The Brasserie menu features a range of classics, with sharing dishes and seasonal daily specials and the large south-facing terrace is the perfect spot for alfresco dining. Golf enthusiasts can choose from the 18 hole parkland Hawtree and the 6 hole Repton Short Course which includes a replica of the notorious island hole at Sawgrass, Florida. A team of resident PGA Professionals, cutting edge practice facilities and the floodlit TrackMan Range makes Rudding Park Golf Academy the ultimate golfer’s venue. Set within mature gardens, Grade I listed Rudding House is imposing and elegant and provides the perfect backdrop for meetings and evenings. It is also the natural choice for weddings, with a number of licensed rooms perfect for civil ceremonies all of which feature high ceilings and full length windows with views or access onto the gardens. Rudding Park is perfectly located to explore the spa town or Harrogate, the vibrant city of Leeds or historic York both of which are within easy reach.
Winning an Acorn Award is a huge honour. After such a turbulent time for our industry, it was an amazing achievement to be named among 29 other talented people as a rising star and is the highlight of my career to date. My network has extended immensely, and I met some fantastic people during the winners’ weekend.
Speaking honestly, I never thought I would receive this unparalleled recognition, especially looking at the accomplishments of the 2021 winners and their predecessors, so I speak with authority when I say that with hard work, passion, and dedication all things are possible and that it gives me a huge sense of pride to know that many of you reading this today are our Acorn Winners of tomorrow. Being an acorn award winner has been a pinnacle moment in my career and has made me more determined than ever to keep driving forwards in this great industry of ours
Winning an Acorn award has been a huge honour for me. To be acknowledged by the industry that I have worked in for 13 years is incredibly humbling, and I look forward to using this platform to furthering my career and inspire others.
My biggest passion has always been to encourage people to join our amazing industry, whether a brand-new generation or people from other industries. Being nominated and winning an Acorn, has allowed me to have a national voice in promoting authentic mentorship attitudes and hopefully, supporting the Acorn winners of the future!
The Acorn Awards are iconic within the industry, and I was deeply honoured to be selected to join a community of such talented and inspirational champions of our fantastic industry. A milestone moment in my career, and an amazing opportunity to connect with a group of people who share my passion for the industry. It is an experience I will cherish, and I am hugely grateful to everyone who has supported me in getting here.