Derek Johnson, Chair of the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) and Principal Catering Manager for Leeds City Council was presented with the Public Sector Caterer Award last week at the annual Caterer and Hotelkeeper awards – The Cateys – the hospitality industry’s equivalent to the Oscars.
Derek won this prestigious award from a short list including Alberto Crisci, founder / trustee of The Clink Charity. It is awarded to those who have had a long and successful career in public sector catering, and in the hospitality industry in general. In Derek’s case he has championed public sector catering both at home and abroad; throughout his professional career and as past Chair of the Healthcare Caterers International(HCI).
In presenting the award the panel noted in particular ‘his determination always to improve the service he gives to his customers’. They also were impressed at the time and commitment he gives to the industry outside his day job: for example, his development of the Care Cook of the Year competition; co-ordination of National Meals on Wheels Week; commitment to developing best practice guidance for the care catering industry and his being one of the driving forces behind the “No one should go hungry campaign.”
In receiving his award Derek said “I am absolutely delighted to win this top industry award. To achieve the recognition of my peers against such formidable competition is wonderful, and hopefully reflects the work we (the NACC) are doing to raise the profile of the care sector. When I look at the list of winners I feel so proud & humble to be in such prestigious company”
Speaking about the latest NACC initiative which was referred to in the citation given on the presentation of the Award, Derek quoted ” Our No One Should Go Hungry campaign can really deliver excellent results in terms of improving the quality and well being of the most vulnerable in society, whilst easing the pressure on public sector purse strings.”