One of the greatest things about the hospitality community is how much each generation in inspired by the one before. Whether it’s through tangible influence from afar or being a personal mentor, we have much to thank those who have been in the industry for upward of 20 years for. So CODE is delighted to launch its first list of over-50s who shape our world. Although we feel sure that there are many more managers, chefs, sommeliers and others who are deserving of the attention, this collection of the powerful marks our biggest names (and a few lesser-known stars from behind the scenes).
We are proud to partner with Grosvenor Britain & Ireland to celebrate both the pioneers and unsung heroes who make hospitality such a richly diverse and inclusive industry.
CODE’s founder Adam Hyman and editor Lisa Markwell were joined by a special panel. The Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge is too young to be included on the list, but he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry, which proved invaluable when it came to ensuring a wide geographical spread. The Masterchef judge and writer Tracey MacLeod can draw on her years as a restaurant critic for her expertise, while GQ editor Dylan Jones is a power luncher and one of the capital’s most connected men. What he doesn’t know about who pours the best champagne and which maitre d’ always finds a good table isn’t worth knowing. Finally our regular columnist and food expert Loyd Grossman has many memories of dining out to draw on – he knows about both the latest openings and the almost-forgotten classics that deserve more attention. We thank them all for their wise words.
Want to express your gratitude… or tell us who we forgot? The nominations start now for the 2020 list: email [email protected]