ACE News

01-Aug-2017
- Ace News
On Wednesday 19th July at the ACE Summer Party at ZSL London Zoo, Gaye Bullard officially took over from Paul Hurren as ACE Chair. Gaye has been Vice Chair for two years and a member of the council for seven.
“I’m really excited about taking over as ACE Chair. Paul has done an amazing job, and I am looking forward to building on the foundations that Paul has created by extending our reach to a wider demographic” Paul said of his successor:“We’ve had so much fun in the last 2 years and everyone has got be...read full article
20-Jul-2017
- Ace News
The Association of Catering Excellence (ACE) crowned the 2017 ACE Robyns Award winner at its annual summer party held at ZSL London Zoo on Wednesday 19th July.Laura Amos, Catering Manager at Ampersand, CH&Co Group’s specialist venue and visitor attraction catering business, was declared the overall winner in front of 250 hospitality guests (and the odd lion or two!). Marta Pegram from Lexington, Sam Roth from Baxter Storey and Rebecca Cuppit from Lusso were also highly commended.Laura is catering manager for...read full article
28-Jun-2017
- Ace News
The ACE Robyns were created in 2016 in memory of Robyn Jones, joint founder of CH& Co who sadly died in 2015. She was a strong advocate of mentoring, training and developing young talent.The inaugural winner was Leanne Findley.As senior account manager for Sodexo Sports & Leisure, 31 year old Leanne is responsible for the day-to-day running of airport lounges and various cleaning contracts at Heathrow, Manchester, Glasgow and Gatwick airports for Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Gulf Air and Virgin Holidays.Le...read full article
04-Apr-2017
- Sponsors News
In today’s hyper-digital world, we are more knowledgeable and connected than we’ve ever been before. As consumers this means we are also more conscious about the choices we make – and when it comes to food, we are demanding more from the products we buy - in terms of quality, nutritional content and sustainability.Aduna is an Africa-inspired health food brand. Our range of African superfood powders and energy bars are 100% natural and organic, jam-packed with nutrients and directly support small-scale produce...read full article
28-Feb-2017
- Ace News
On Friday 24th February, The Association of Catering Excellence held its annual Wine Dinner at The Langham London. This year the association celebrates its 80th birthday, having been established in 1937 as the Industrial Catering Association. 170 members and guests were in attendance at the glamorous black tie event. ACE Chair, Paul Hurren of Lusso Catering welcomed special guests including celebrity chefs, Michel Roux Jr and Adam Handling of The Frog, past chairs of ACE including Marc Verstringhe, winner of the in...read full article
18-Jan-2017
- Ace News
Chef Patron at restaurant The Frog E1, 28 year old Adam Handling has agreed to become Chef Patron for the Association of Catering Excellence (ACE). He joins patrons Chris Sheppardson (Chess Partnership), Marc Verstringhe (MESV Consultancy Int), Tim West (Elior), Wendy Bartlett (bartlett mitchell), Jane Sunley (Purple Cubed), Rosemary Osbourne MBE, Alastair Storey (BaxterStorey), Chris Bray (Sodexo Prestige).Over the last 2 years, ACE has encouraged young people in the industry to get more involved in networking. A...read full article
17-Jan-2017
- Sponsors News
Laytons were founded in 1934 just 3 years before ACE was founded. We are thrilled and proud to be the official wine sponsor for the ACE Wine Dinner on this special occasion, their 80th anniversary.Like ACE, we have been working and supporting the very best in the culinary world for these many years, so for the dinner we have matched some of our favourite wines from around the world to the superb menu created by Michel Roux Jnr and his team at The Langham.A top class New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the the Queen o...read full article
23-Sep-2016
- Ace News
With a new venue, and the spotlight on up and coming young talent, The Association of Catering Excellence held its annual Ready Steady Cook competition at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, London on Thursday 22nd September.Each of the 14 teams from the foodservice sector included a chef aged 25 or under, many of whom were apprentices. With a live audience of 200, the teams had to plan and prepare a main course and dessert using ingredients they had only discovered 30 minutes before. The main items were poussin, ra...read full article
15-Sep-2016
- Industry News
Lusso, the specialist City caterer and part of the CH&Co Group, has secured £48.7m of new and retained business over the past 14 months, over half of it with new clients.The new deals are worth £23.4m in turnover over the duration of the contracts and include amongst others, prestigious new contracts such as Grey Advertising London; investment management company Charles Stanley; and law firms Charles Russell Speechlys and Bond Dickinson.£25.3m of this success relates to the retention of existing contracts. ...read full article
22-Jul-2016
- Ace News
The Association of Catering Excellence, also known as ACE has revealed the first winner in their new ACE Robyns Awards. After a tough judging process, the 35 entrants were whittled down to just 12 finalists with the first winner being revealed on Thursday, 21st July, 2016.Leanne Findley, account manager for the aviation business for Sodexo was announced as the overall winner in front of 250 guests at the association’s annual summer event. Ming Lai, national account manager KPMG, Restaurant Associates and Emma Lan...read full article
01-Jun-2016
- Sponsors News
OCWC projects February and April 2016In conjunction with Active Impact Gloucestershire we ran two very successful ‘Of Course We Can’ courses. These courses are designed to encourage 11-25 year olds (open to disabled and non-disabled) to develop their sensory skills, practical skills and food knowledge in a structured and supportive environment. Participants gain valuable life skills in cooking from scratch and healthy eating as well as having the opportunity to try lots of new ingredients.Our participants creat...read full article
24-May-2016
- Sponsors News
The Association of Catering Excellence (ACE) has created an exciting new award, aimed at showcasing young talent in the world of contract catering. The award will be presented at a ceremony on board Bateaux London at the ACE Summer Party on 21st July.The competition is open to talented team members who have what it takes to make a real difference in the industry, whether that’s cooking, serving or driving a business forward.Nominees should be under the age of 35 and work in the UK contract catering and foodservic...read full article
24-May-2016
- Ace News
It seems like no time since we launched the first ever ACE Robyns Awards but the closing date has come round very quickly. At midnight on Friday 27th May entries will close for the first ever awards in memory of the amazing Robyn Jones OBE.

I know Robyn would have loved these awards as they really will put young talent in the spotlight and give staff, who don’t always get the opportunity to be recognised, a chance to shine.

Developing young staff within a business is something Robyn was so passionate about...read full article
28-Apr-2016
- Industry News
ACE Gold Sponsors, Restaurant Associates, are running a series of pop ups at ‘Spring Workshop’ in Mayfair, a café where coffee and social mobility meet.Since opening in 2015, Spring Workshop has been a Living Wage employer, offering talented individuals employment, apprenticeships, and work experience. They are passionate about giving everyone the chance to succeed, irrespective of their background and donate all profits and tips to charities supporting social mobility.The first Pop Up - An Evening With Jeremy...read full article
28-Apr-2016
- Industry News
The annual Charity Golf Day held to support Hospitality Action is being held on Tuesday the 14th of June 2016 at The Abbey Hotel in Redditch followed by a networking dinner.Established in 1837 Hospitality Action, the Hospitality Industry Benevolent Organisation, has offered vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality in the UK and who find themselves in crisis.Please find the details of the event can be obtained from Jocelyn Carr at CESA – jocelyn.carr@cesa.org.uk Tel: 0207 793 3029.

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14-Apr-2016
- Ace News
On Tuesday 12th April 2016 for the third year running, The Association of Catering Excellence was at Lloyd’s London for the popular annual Quiz Night, a firm favourite in the ACE calendar with 37 teams and over 200 people from the catering industry taking part. It’s been 3 years since Bartlett Mitchell won the ACE Quiz Night, although they came close last year in second place.At this year’s quiz they were once again triumphant. The team of 6 each won a bottle of champagne, and the Sheila Mitchell Quiz Trophy....read full article
24-Feb-2016
- Ace News
The Association of Catering Excellence held its annual Wine Dinner at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Thursday 18th February. For the first time, the event was a black tie affair and a record 200 guests from the catering industry enjoyed the magnificent surroundings of one of London’s oldest livery halls, often used in film sets as a substitute for Buckingham Palace due to its grandeur.The evening started with the introduction of ACE’s new patrons, Wendy Bartlett MBE, CEO bartlett mitchell, and Chris Bray, CEO Sports &am...read full article
22-Feb-2016
- Industry News
The largest hospitality exhibition outside London, Northern Restaurant & Bar, takes place 15-16 March at Manchester Central.Celebrating its sixteenth year, Northern Restaurant and Bar is the biggest hospitality exhibition for the North of England. NRB hosts 270 exhibitors and over 7,000 trade-only visitors. The show also includes the NRB Debate, NRB Top Fifty Awards, NRB Hub, NRB Fringe and an extensive programme of tastings, demonstrations and workshops.Every year NRB brings together the entire Northern hospit...read full article
08-Feb-2016
- Industry News
bartlett mitchell has strengthened its board with the appointment of new Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Trevor Jones. Trevor will work alongside Francois Gautreaux, Operations Managing Director and Simon Houston, Sales Managing Director, drawing on his extensive industry experience to develop the business’ long-term strategy.Trevor was previously Commercial Finance Director at CH&Co where he played a key role in growing the contract caterer’s business both organically and through acquisitions over the last te...read full article
12-Jan-2016
- Ace News
Tables are going fast for the Wine Dinner on 18th February at what can only be described as one of London’s hidden treasures.Goldsmiths' Hall is the home of one of the "Great 12" Livery Companies of the City of London and is often used as a film set for palaces such as Buckingham Palace due to its beauty and grandeur.One of the things that makes the Livery Hall so special are the four stunning candle chandeliers which will be lit up for our guests. This only happens on special occasions so very few people have th...read full article
01-Sep-2015
- Ace News
Once again, The Association of Catering Excellence held its annual Ready Steady Cook Challenge at Imperial College, London on Thursday 24th September12 teams from the foodservice sector created dishes in just 30 minutes in front of a live audience of 200, using ingredients they had only discovered 30 minutes before. The main ingredients were guinea fowl, black pudding and lamb cannon with a selection of fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits and storecupboard ingredients supplied by British Premium Meats, 4degC and k...read full article
15-Jul-2015
- Ace News
On Wednesday 15th July the Association of Catering Excellence (ACE) announced the winners of ACE Sustains 2015 at their annual summer networking event in the tranquil gardens at Stationers’ Hall. ACE Sustains is now in its third year and celebrates those in the food service sector that champion sustainability and corporate social responsibility.There were 2 awards, one for an organisation, the other for an individual within an organisation.The corporate award, sponsored by Douwe Egberts, was presented to West Hor...read full article
01-Jun-2015
- Guest Blogs
"Our Chef Trainer Leon said when he was an apprentice 'owning your own cookbook was an incredibly hard task’ and so he used to buy them from local car boot sales. He would buy 4-5 cookbooks at a time, which cost a couple of pounds each and has continued to do this throughout his whole career. Leon saw the Cookbook amnesty as an excellent opportunity to help fuel his apprentice’s passion for food outside of the training kitchen and give all of those under loved and unused cookbooks a new lease of life!Our Cookbo...read full article
17-Apr-2015
- Ace News
Following the popularity of last year’s venue, The Association of Catering Excellence once again held its annual Quiz Night at Lloyds London on Wednesday 16th April. A record 37 teams enjoyed a convivial evening in the company of peers and colleagues from across the catering industry.Stealing the trophy this year were The Caterers Linen Supply who received a bottle of Jouet champagne each for their efforts. Ian Heapy, National Accounts Manager explains:“We’ve done the quiz for the last 6 years but never won i...read full article
12-Feb-2015
- Ace News
The Association of Catering Excellence held its annual Wine Dinner on Thursday 5th February at Painters' Hall, with over 150 guests from the catering industry enjoying a 4 course dinner accompanied by 7 South African wines from Eagles Cliff. The star prize in the raffle was dinner for 2 at Jason Atherton's City Social restaurant, sited within Tower 42. This prize was donated by Restaurant Associates, and won by Dewberry Redpoint’s Managing Director, Andrew Archer. In a generous gesture, he offered the prize to 22...read full article

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