Searcys announces annual People Awards winners

British restaurateur and caterer, Searcys has announced the winners of its annual People Awards, which honoured team members who embody Searcys’ values of hospitality excellence.

Celebrating the 2022 achievements of its venue teams, the award ceremony took place last month at No.11 Cavendish Square with 14 winners receiving gongs.

The winners included Dobromir Barosov winning General Manager of the Year, who was applauded not only for his work at 11 Cavendish Square but also for assisting across Searcys venues, while Toby Windsor was awarded Chef of Year for his creativity, high quality dishes and inventive flavours.

Emily Agujari (pictured centre with MD Pauk Jackson and Rebecca Hawkes, Sales & Event Director) won Venue Salesperson of the Year for her integral role in the success of The View at the Royal College of Surgeons, which saw the team exceed its targets, while the John Searcy Award (named after the company’s founder), went to Marketing Director, Anna Fenten, for leading the creative activations for Searcys’ 175th anniversary celebrations, recognising her hard work and innovation.

Full list of winners included:
o Chef of the Year: Toby Windsor, 11 Cavendish Square
o General Manager of the Year: Dobromir Barosov, 11 Cavendish Square
o Salesperson of the Year: Emily Agujari, The View at the RCS
o Manager of the Year: Rita Di Pasquale, IET London: Savoy Place
o Exceptional Customer Service: Fatima Hamid Andres, Allen & Overy
o Exceptional Support Person: Monika Galas, The Barbican
o Rising Star: Magdalena Bednarska, The Inner Temple
o Unsung Hero: Ismail Elfadli Sadouk, The HAC
o Team Spirit: Barbican Events Team, The Barbican
o Health & Safety Excellence: Brigade Bar + Kitchen
o Innovation Success: Searcys Marketing Team (Aimee Gouk, Kit Hawkins, Sali Mamuchadze and Sarah Parker)
o Event Venue of the Year: IET London: Savoy Place
o Restaurant/Champagne Bar of the Year: 116 Pall Mall Champagne Bar
o John Searcy Award: Anna Fenten, Marketing Director

The awards also applauded the entire Searcys team for their hard work for the company’s 175th anniversary, which included collectively raising £175k for charities and community causes, with two of the nominated charities – Beyond Food and Hotel School, receiving the cheques for £15k each on the night.