Welcome to the The Caterer's Acorn Awards
Since their inception in 1986, the Acorn Awards , affectionately known as the 30 under 30, have sought to recognise the brightest prospects in the hospitality industry.
Run in association with our headline sponsor CH&Co , they recognise the flair and passion of 30 rising stars in hospitality.
Past winners represent every sector of the hospitality industry, and have been nominated by their peers for making an impression in their sector.
Entries are now closed
This year's event will be held online on Wednesday the 18th November from 4pm. To view the photo gallery of the event, please click here.
Winning an Acorn is a career highlight. I feel immensely proud to join a fantastic group of people who have previously won. It has certainly concreted my path to want to be a leading figure in hotels in the future.
It gives me immense pride to be able to call myself an Acorn, the activities really brought out the competitive side in everyone and providing a source for much laughter over the rest of the weekend. The awards ceremony was well paced and accompanied with amazing food, service and of course great company. Coworth Park and the team there were the epitome of hospitality and service, nothing was too much trouble and the property itself is stunning and ideal for the Acorns. CH& CO are fantastic sponsors and they helped to make the weekend the success that it was.
Winning an Acorn Award is one my proudest moments and the winner’s weekend is one I will never forget. Having seen how much young talent is out there in this industry, to be considered as one of the 30 under 30 was a huge achievement. Heading out to the weekend I was nervous as I didn’t know what it would be like, but the weekend was so much fun from start to finish and everyone there was so lovely. I met some truly amazing talent and left the weekend feeling even more inspired. Awards like this really do give young talent the opportunity to feel valued in such a face paced industry.
It was a massively humbling experience joining the exclusive club that is the acorns. Meeting some astonishingly talented individuals from right across the sector including HR, hotel, restaurants and contract catering. To be put up alongside some of the industries now most established names, and to see the future talent within hospitality gives me nothing but excitement for a forever evolving and growing industry.
Winning an Acorn Award and being recognized amongst such a list of talented and inspirational people, has no doubt been my biggest career highlight so far. Recognition for hard work and accomplishments is so important, and especially so for me – and makes leaving friends and family behind, moving to the UK so worthwhile. Having such a diverse representation of people from different parts of our industry just shows that it doesn’t matter where your drive comes from, there is a place for you in this very special industry.
To win an acorn award was by far my best achievement to date, i was truly blown away when I was informed and the weekend at the Lygon arms was so special. You truly feel like you've joined a family, a one off for sure, and a weekend I'll never forget.
Being part of the Acorn Awards family 2018 was a huge honour. We were such a diverse group this year and not only have I made some new friends but very strong connections in the hospitality industry that I see developing over the coming years. It was a great chance to meet professionals from all sectors of the industry, compare stories and management techniques and also build my own confidence as a relevant manager in the hospitality world.
I remember interviewing for a promotion in THE PIG and I said that my career dream was to get an Acorn Award and now I have one! It does feel that you are part of an elite group that are sure to contribute hugely to the hospitality and catering industry over the coming years! Thank you to everyone who organises this award and I encourage anyone to work hard and reach for this stars!!
To be recognised as a future leader within the hospitality industry is such a phenomenal achievement and one I am immensely proud of – winning an Acorn has truly been the stand out moment in my career so far. The winners weekend was absolutely brilliant and full of fun, to spend time getting to know like-minded people was a fantastic experience and one I will never forget.
To be recognized as an Acorn Award winner is one of the hospitality industry’s greatest accolades. One only has to look at the recipients and the success they have achieved to understand why the awards are so highly respected. The event was a fantastic opportunity to network with the brightest mind in our industry and an unforgettable weekend.
The foundation of the British hospitality industry is all about nurturing and coaching the stars of the future and The Acorn Awards are to epitome of this. To be awarded such a prestigious honour by The Caterer, a bastion of hospitality in this country is one of my greatest achievements to date. The weekend itself, with the brilliant ACT Clean team, was a wonderful experience and a huge amount of fun. Getting to know so many other inspiring individuals from the entire spectrum of the industry, hearing their own diverse career paths and aims for the future made me feel part of a special group. I have no doubt the Acorn Award will be only the start and can only hope we can help inspire Acorn Winners in the future.
I feel immensely proud to have been recognized as one of this year Acorn Award Winner. It is one of the greatest achievements one can receive working in the hospitality business. It feels like being part of a family and our goal is to promote hospitality the best way we can to develop it and bring a new generation to it.