Three rising stars of hospitality management were recognised at the recent Institute of Hospitality Aspiring Managers Awards.
The awards which are now in their 12th year, are organised by the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) London Branch and recognise the rising stars in hospitality management.
The Aspiring Manager overall winner was Kelly Staunton, guest relations manager at Leonardo Hotels. In second place was Cecilia Odengran, people manager at Hilton London Bankside. In third place was Caroline Bacigalupo, operations manager at BaxterStorey.
The nominees and guests celebrated at a reception and awards ceremony at the Victory Services Club, the military members club in the heart of London.
The guest of honour was Surinder Arora FIH, president of the Institute of Hospitality who presented the awards along with London branch chairman Paul, Evans FIH and Vic Laws FIH MBE, the honorary president of the London Branch and Organising Committee.
Evans says: “This year we received a record number of entries and without trying to sound too clichéd, the judges found the decision to choose the finalists a very difficult task indeed. In an age when it is sometimes rather ‘fashionable’ to belittle the younger generation, I have to take to task many of the critics as I believe, in no uncertain terms, that many of our young hospitality professionals are far more focused, aware and dedicated than many of our peers from an earlier age. These awards are but a small recognition of some of the best young talent that our industry enjoys. Well done to the finalists, their managers and mentors!”
The winners’ package of rewards includes a training programme, mentoring and complimentary associate membership of the Institute of Hospitality for one year.