Press Releases

10 Nov 2015

GRIF Announces the First Ever Global Restaurant Awards In Partnership with Travel Weekly Group, responsible for the reputable Catey’s in the UK

The Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF), the world’s leading event for the restaurant investment community, today announced the inaugural Global Restaurant Awards, which is an endeavour to recognise the businesses that form the backbone of the world’s leading restaurants and restaurant brands.  This unique concept has been developed in collaboration with The Caterer part of the Travel Weekly Group in the UK, which is now Europe’s largest B2B travel and hospitality Media Company. The Caterer owns and operates the UK’s leading awards events in hospitality and catering, and the wider group runs over 130 annual events across tourism and hospitality worldwide.

Jumeirah Group, which is regarded as one of the most luxurious and innovative hospitality companies in the world, has confirmed that the awards ceremony will be hosted at the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai.  Gerald Lawless, President and Group CEO, Jumeirah Group, commented: “Jumeirah is delighted to be hosting the first ever Global Restaurant Awards as part of the Global Restaurant Investment Forum.” Mr Lawless further confirmed, “Dubai, one of the world’s most dynamic cities, hosts a magnificent array of food and beverage choices. Jumeirah plays a significant role with more than 100 outlets, and this prestigious event will be the highlight of GRIF as well as a showcase of the award-winning Jumeirah culinary arts.”

The Global Restaurants Awards is an opportunity for industry leaders to get together and celebrate those organisations that have displayed innovation, vision and leadership in their businesses and concepts, recognising their engagement with consumers through social media, technology, design or sustainability. The award categories and nominations include: International Roll-out Award; Investor Award; Growth Award; Restaurant Technology Award; Social Gamechanger Award; Design Award; Sustainability Award; New Concept Award; Legend Award; Hotel Excellence Award and Regional Award, and the winning criteria will be based on a brand’s ability to demonstrate skill and innovation in their nominated category.

Duncan Horton, Group CEO of Travel Weekly Group said, ‘The launch of these Awards is a significant step in launching the first overseas Awards event and building on the success we have already achieved with our UK events which include the Cateys, Hotel Cateys and Food Service Cateys. We are delighted to be working with Bench Events who we see as the perfect partner to build a series of partnership events around the world’.

Jonathan Worsley, Chairman, Bench Events said, “The announcement of the Global Restaurant Awards signals the beginning of a pivotal trend in the global hospitality industry, where the vision and accomplishments of the stakeholders, investors and architects behind these businesses are celebrated.  We are delighted to be launching the awards with The Travel Weekly Group and Jumeirah Group.” 

The Global Restaurant Awards will provide a platform to acknowledge and congratulate the brands and concepts that have revolutionised the current culinary landscape, bringing a new vibrancy to the industry and above all pushing boundaries to achieve perfection.

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