Chef Rob Kennedy Wins Industry 'Oscar'

An outstanding chef from Frimley Green has officially made it into the industry hall of fame after winning a Craft Guild of Chefs Award, the coveted ‘Chef’s Oscar’. 

Rob Kennedy Executive Chef for Compass Group working at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst won Cost Sector Chef of the Year at last night’s glittering awards ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel (Thurs 24). 

Up against Robin Turner from Sodexo UK and Tracey Wingfield from schools division, Rob Kennedy triumphed after impressing an expert judging panel made up of revered culinary masters. 

Speaking at the ceremony, he said: “After reaching the top three chefs in the country over the last four years winning the Oscar on the night was the proudest moment of my career to date, Rob Kennedy, who was nominated by Compass Group UK & Ireland and Major General Patrick Marriot OBE, commandant Royal Military Academy 

The 36 year old of Frimley Green, Surrey was one of 13 chefs from across the catering industry, plus a special lifetime achiever, who walked away with a coveted gong at last night’s high profile ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel. 

The eclectic mix of awards up for grabs from the UK's leading chef’s association ranged from, Contract Catering Chef to Ethnic Chef and New Restaurant of the Year. 

“We had such a diverse mix of chefs to choose from this year, nominated by their peers or mentors, and each and every winner thoroughly deserves the kudos and prestige that comes with a Craft Guild of Chefs award, know in the industry as a ‘Chef’s Oscar’,” said Andrew. “In football terms, they are officially elevated into the premier league.” 

Now in their 17th year, the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards aim to reward leading chefs from across the industry, whether they work in a village pub, fine dining restaurant, city university or in contract catering. They might develop products for national retailers or serve British soldiers. 

This year’s Special Achievement Award, reserved for one exceptional personality who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry as a whole, went to Pierre Koffmann, one of less than a handful of chefs in the UK to have been awarded the ultimate three Michelin stars for his famed restaurant, La Tante Claire. 

Last night’s awards ceremony was attended by more than 600 culinary professionals and Master of the Royal Household and president of the Craft Guild, Air Vice Marshal David Walker OBE.