What is ACE?
The Association of Catering Excellence is a lively, innovative organisation that encourages caterers and associates from all sectors of our industry to network face to face, exchange ideas, socialise and generally keep in touch. The technology age combined with our hectic work schedules has led to our reliance on emails and texts to keep in touch. We bring the fun back into communication through a series of superb events. Our membership includes a cross section of managers, chefs, consultants, students, suppliers etc. from the Hospitality and Food Service Sector.
We provide a forum for networking for all levels of staff within the catering industry through a series of informal and fun related events.
Ace Sustains Awards 2013
ACE invites you to submit an entry for the Ace Sustains Awards 2013. We are delighted to announce the launch of this exciting new competition to recognise both the company and individual or team that truly stand out in the foodservice sector for forward thinking and innovation in their approach to sustainability.
Britain's Biggest Climate Change Campaign – 4 to 10 March 2013
Climate Week is a supercharged national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change. It culminates in thousands of events and activities, planned by organisations from every sector of society. Showcasing real, practical ways to combat climate change, the campaign aims to renew our ambition to create a more sustainable, low-carbon future.
Climate Week is backed by every part of society – from the Prime Minister to Paul McCartney, NCASS to the NHS, the TUC to the CBI, Girlguiding UK to the National Association of Head Teachers. During the last Climate Week, over 3,000 events were attended by half a million people across the UK for the second successive year.
Bubble and Squeak for Climate Week is encouraging people to make the food that they eat a part of the solution to climate change. They can do this by joining in the call to action of eating a low carbon meal during Climate Week, either by using up leftovers to make Bubble and Squeak or by cooking food made from local ingredients or less meat and dairy. Celebrity chefs including Raymond Blanc, Rachel Khoo, Levi Roots and Michael Caines are all supporting the initiative by providing recipes ideas – these can all be found on our website. You too can inspire the people in your workplace, association or organisation by making Bubble & Squeak during Climate Week, saving money and reducing waste.
Start thinking about how you could get involved during Climate Week 2013. This could be a low-carbon meal on the menu for a day, a low-carbon cookery competition or an eco pot-luck lunch. Whatever you are doing, make sure you register your event on the Climate Week website and help to create a national movement for change.
Sodexo Prestige are victorious at ACE's annual Quiz Night
18th March 2013
The team from Sodexo Prestige were the proud winners of the 8th annual ACE Quiz Night on Wednesday 13th March at Imperial College, London. Beating Lexington into second place by just 2 points, the Sodexo Prestige team were delighted to collect their prize from quiz organiser Sheila Mitchell MBE and ACE Chairman Ruston Toms.
Operational Development Manager, Alexandra Kristall commented: “This is the third time we've entered. We're generally middle or bottom of the leader board but we all had different strengths and that proved to be our winning formula this time! Our best round was European Royalty and the autographs, our worst round was the pictures of the herbs. Not good for a catering company. The event was the best it's been so far, and it's great to see it so well supported. We'll be back next year to defend our title!”
In third place were The Consultants, headed up by Chris Stern, who were narrowly beaten by just 1 point – a close finish by any standards!
There were 38 teams and 228 individuals taking part, representing many companies, large and small working in all sectors of the catering industry.
A trip down memory lane was provided at half time, as teams had to correctly identify the retro sweets in a bowl, with all-time favourites such as Pontefract Cakes, White Chocolate Mice, Pear Drops and Peanut Sweets.
The evening was sponsored by United Coffee, and 3663 provided the raffle prizes. Proceeds from the raffle which amounted to £750 went to the Academy of Culinary Arts ‘Chefs Adopt a School’.
Trading Director, Alastair Anderson said “We've been a keen and active supporter of the ACE organisation for as long as I can remember! The ACE events are well attended by the great and the good from UK's most successful catering businesses and it's a great way of showing off the latest coffee innovation and new product development. It's also a great opportunity to network and interact and above all, see a few old friends!”
The next ACE event is the ACE Sustains Award on 17th July at The Crystal, Royal Victoria Docks, London E16 1GB.
More details available on the ACE website acegb.org/ace_sustains
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- United Coffee
- Berkeley Scott
Teams entered included:
- Acquire Services
- Bartlett Mitchell
- Berkeley Scott
- Blue Apple
- Bright Hygiene
- Holroyd Howe Independent
- British Premium Meats
- Caterers Linen Supply
- CH & Co
- Collins King
- Evolve Hospitality
- Gram UK
- Networking Hygiene
- Off to Work
- Restaurant Associates
- Sodexo Prestige
- Stern Consultants
- The Brookwood Partnership
- Troika Recruitment
- United Coffee
- West Horsley Dairy
About Chefs Adopt A School
Chefs Adopt a School is a national charity which sends chefs into schools to deliver food education to children from where food comes from and how it is grown, through to how to cook it. The programme covers taste, healthy eating, nutrition and hygiene as well as the recently added Front of House session.
“There is a real need to re-connect children with their food and Chefs Adopt a School is the model that should be used across the country.” — His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, 2nd February 2010, at the CAAS 20th Anniversary celebration.
“Chefs Adopt a School is so important, without it, the next generation will really suffer.” — Heston Blumenthal OBE, Chef Patron, The Fat Duck and member of the Academy of Culinary Arts
ACE Quiz Night 2013 Scores
For a full table of scores for the Quiz Night, please download this press release as a PDF
About the Association of Catering Excellence (ACE)
ACE is a networking forum which runs innovative and stimulating networking events to provide relationship building opportunities for professionals in the catering industry. Further information is available on the ACE Website – www.acegb.org
Hospitality Guild Launches Apprenticeship Awards
The Hospitality Guild, in partnership with our industry's sector skills council, People 1st, has launched the opening of nominations for its inaugural Apprenticeship Awards 2012. These awards promote the hospitality industry throughout England as a great place to work and recognise the value apprenticeships offer.
The Apprenticeship Awards will provide the hospitality industry with an opportunity to recognise outstanding apprentices and celebrate their achievements, while at the same time acknowledging the fantastic work of employers and providers in promoting and delivering apprenticeships.
Nominations are open to businesses and individuals throughout England for the following awards categories:
- Intermediate Apprentice of the Year
- Advanced Apprentice of the Year
- Apprenticeship Mentor of the Year
- Employer of the Year: SME (less than 250 employees)
- Employer of the Year: Large (more than 250 employees)
- Partnership of the Year
There are some great prizes on offer for young professionals in our sector including iPads, fantastic career development opportunities at top hospitality venues and, of course, industry recognition.
More information about the Hospitality Guild Apprenticeship Awards 2012 and nomination forms can be found at www.hospitalityguild.co.uk/awards
Nominations close on Friday 12 October 2012.
An event will be held in December to announce the Hospitality Guild Apprenticeship Award winners. At the same time, the Hospitality Guild will also showcase existing major awards from the Guild's partner organisations that recognise the achievements of young professionals in hospitality. The recent winners of these awards will be inducted into the first-ever Hospitality Guild ‘Young Hall of Fame’.
How do I join the ACE?
Either fill in the application form on the ‘Become a Member’ page, or contact our Administration Office at Bourne House, and they will send you the appropriate application form. This will then be processed, and you will receive confirmation of your membership within a few days.
What events do ACE organise?
Our voluntary council members with the support of our fantastic sponsors work hard to organise four fun events. the ACE Quiz Night, the ACE Summer Event, ‘Ready Steady Cook’ and the Wine Tasting Dinner. All of the events usually take place in central London at stunning venues.
How can I get involved in the Council?
Help is always welcome on the committee, either for one off events or as a regular member – simply speak to one of the existing committee members whose details are on the ‘Council Members & Patrons’ page and they will be able to tell how you can get involved.
Why Join ACE?
- ACE is a great opportunity to meet people and create closer links from all sectors of the industry.
- We raise the profile and create an awareness of the opportunities and high standards of excellence in the Food & Service Management Sector.
- New products are often showcased at most of our events.