The Catey (Caterer and Hotelkeeper) Awards were held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on July 7, where the top chef award was presented to Angela Hartnett, a 40-year old chef who runs two of Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurants. This was the first time in the 26-year history of the program that a female received this prestigious honor. The Cateys are considered to be the United Kingdom restaurant world’s equivalent of the Hollywood Oscars.
Quiet and well respected among her peers, Hartnett learned to cook from her Italian grandmother, and emerged as one of the great talents on the London scene. She has worked in Ramsay’s kitchens all her career. Currently she oversees the Murano, a fine dining restaurant in the heart of Mayfair and the York & Albany, which offers exceptional personal service in surroundings capturing the grace and elegance of the high Regency period.
Hartnett was nominated, judged and rewarded by her peers and was recognized for her efforts in supporting and developing the United Kingdom’s hospitality scene. This year, the judges were looking for an inspirational and outstanding leader that other chefs can benchmark their own success.
In their citation the judges said it was “her seemingly effortless representation of everything good about hospitality, rather than her gender” that won her the award.
“It’s a total honor to be the first woman to get this award,”said Hartnett, in an interview with the Telegraph. “Being a woman has not held me back. There are lots of guys out there who are equally as talented as me but because there are so few women it helps me stand out. It has made my ascent easier, not been a hindrance.”