The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 41



Let’s hear it for the BIH Spotlight Awards – celebrating talent from Black, Asian and ethnic minorities working in food & drink

ByThe Cocktail Lovers


“We all love our industry but there is no denying that it needs a shake up!” says TV presenter and celebrity chef Andi Oliver. She’s talking about diversity and inclusion in the hospitality sector. More specifically about those who are not getting the recognition they deserve. “The way we view excellence can and should be expanded,” she continues. “There are amazing chefs from a plethora of backgrounds working all over the country, who are creating stunning food that reflects the multiplicity of culture in the UK.”

We say a big ‘amen’ to that. As does Lorraine Copes (pictured above). Having set up Be Inclusive Hospitality (BIH) in 2020 to connect, inspire and empower individuals and businesses from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, the BIH Spotlight Awards sponsored by and Campari have been devised to take that one step further by giving people in often overlooked groups props and praise for their hard work.

TV presenter and celebrity chef Andi Oliver

“Our aim for the BIH Spotlight Awards is to present opportunities for the nominees and winners alike, enabling them to advance and widen their business networks and audiences,” Lorraine explains. The award-winning advocate and champion of change in the hospitality industry continues: “We look forward to celebrating the success of some of the brightest stars of the present and future.”

As do we. The 11 categories take in everything from awards for Best African Food and Writer of the Year, to Chef of the Year and Rising Star. And naturally, the drinks industry gets a look-in, with awards for Drinks Professional of the Year and Pub and Bar of the Year.

Everyone is invited to put forward nominations across all categories, and self-nominations are also welcomed. Once submitted, the shortlist and winners will be decided by an expert judging panel co-chaired by Andi Oliver and CEO and chairman of luxury restaurant group, D&D London, Des Gunewardena. Joining them on the panel are some of the brightest lights in food and drink, we’re talking food and diversity consultant Mallika Basu; Masterchef winner and restaurateur, Shelina Permalloo; author and chef, Mike Reid; global rum ambassador, Ian Burrell and wine and sake educator, Shane Jones. The winners of the two People’s Choice Awards will be decided by the number of public votes.

The categories:

Chef of the Year Award

African Food Award

Caribbean Food Award

East and South Asian Food Award

Drinks Professional of the Year

Writer of the Year Award

Head Office Impact Award

Pub and Bar of the Year Award

Rising Star Award

The People’s Choice Person of the Year

The People’s Choice Restaurant of the Year

How to vote

Find out more about the categories and submit your nominations at
Voting closes on 9 September and the shortlist will be announced on 24 September. The winners will be announced at the ceremony at Percy’s London on 24 October.

We can’t wait!

The Cocktail Lovers

The Cocktail Lovers

The Cocktail Lovers are Mr G and Ms S, a man and a woman who share a passion for cocktails. (We also happen to be married, so we’re cocktail lovers in more ways than one…)


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