Bournemouth University graduate Andrew Foulkes has won a prestigious Cateys award – the hospitality industry’s version of the Oscars.
Andrew scooped the highly respected Manager of the Year award at the ceremony at Grosvenor House in London for his work as General Manager of the Abbey Hotel in Bath.
After graduating from BU with a BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management in 2000, Andrew went on to work as a chef for Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck and later with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. He was appointed General Manager at the Abbey Hotel in September 2014 after previously being General Manager at The Bath Priory and Gidleigh Park in Devon.
Abbey Hotel owner Ian Taylor said: “Andrew is people focused, committed to developing and mentoring future talent, incredibly forward thinking and continually stretches the boundaries of creativity, and then delivers it on a daily basis.” He added: ““We all had our fingers firmly crossed and were thrilled and so proud to see him win such a prestigious award.”
Since their inception in 1984, The Cateys - or Caterer and Hotelkeeper Awards - have become known for recognising the hospitality industry’s highest achievers and are considered the Oscars of the hospitality industry. Recipients are nominated, selected and awarded by the industry through Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine.