The Caterersearch.com 100 brings you the 100 most influential people whose achievements are having the biggest impact upon the hospitality industry in 2010. It tells you where they’ve been, where they are now and where they are going.
This list of operators includes a diverse collection of personalities, from the bosses of the biggest corporate giants to others who are pushing the boundaries of style, comfort or cuisine in their chosen field.
The Caterersearch.com 100 covers all sectors of the industry – hoteliers, restaurateurs, contract caterers, pub operators and chefs. Nominees in each of these five categories were judged by panel of industry experts and Caterer journalists who specialise in those sectors.
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Caterersearch.com 100: How we compile the list
To begin with, candidates had to meet these qualifying criteria: the personality should be based mainly in the UK, and their power and influence should be primarily in the UK market.
Shortlisted candidates were awarded marks for each of five criteria, which were then averaged out to give an overall ranking in the Caterersearch.com 100.
First consideration was the scale and scope of the operation headed by the nominees. But size isn’t everything, and candidates were next judged on the power and influence they exert in the industry and the respect they command among their peers. We asked whether they were shapers of policy, leaders in their field, or inspiring and nurturing the next generation of movers and shakers.
The judges then examined whether the candidates had a proven record of financial success and whether this was reflected in the eyes of their peers and the outside world.
The candidates’ reputation for innovation was next, as the judges examined to what degree they were setting standards others wanted to copy and whether their ideas would remain in fashion.
Longevity was the fifth and final hurdle for the candidates as the panellists considered whether they – and their creations – would stand the test of time.