Macdonalds Hotels gives awards to people in hospitality jobs

From a chef to a bar tender to a waiter, people in hospitality jobs with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts were recently given special recognition at the brand's 2014 High Achievers Award Ceremony.

The awards saw more than 300 entrants, with 140 workers then shortlisted.

The idea of the initiative is to reward people who have excelled at their job during the past 12 months, according to the group.  

The Macdonald Burlington Hotel was home to the annual event this year and Ruaridh Macdonald, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts' deputy chief executive, hosted it.

Winners included Zac Bovingdon from The Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa, who was named Chef of the Year and Mouhamadou Seye, who works at The Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel, who is the 2014 Bartender of the Year.

There were ten prizes in total, including, with their winners: Conference and Events Sales Co-Ordinator of the Year (Jennifer Lucas), Receptionist of the Year (Isabel Williams), Reservationist of the Year (Naomi Hart), Waiter of the Year (Stephen Draper), Conference and Events Porter of the Year (Mark Taylor), Housekeeping Assistant of the Year (Michaela Valuchova), Spa Therapist of the Year (Coreen Docherty) and Fitness Instructor of the Year (Bret McCarten).

"We're incredibly proud of all people across the company at every level and I would like to congratulate the ten winners who were awarded the top prizes," Ruaridh Macdonald commented.

"We're committed to investing in the training and development of our people and in return it is crucial to have the opportunity to acknowledge hard work, passion and a commitment to offering our guests a first class hospitality experience."

He explained that it is important for the team to feel they play a role in the group's journey and feel achievement, pride and responsibility in everything they do.

There are a range of prizes out there for people in hospitality jobs across the industry, from baristas to chefs, many of them open to participants no matter what company they work for.