Heroes of Leeds hotel trade honoured

Georgina Chapman with her trophy and other winners at this year's Leeds Hotels and Venues Association Awards, with chair of judges Mike Crowther.
Georgina Chapman with her trophy and other winners at this year's Leeds Hotels and Venues Association Awards, with chair of judges Mike Crowther.
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You cast more than 2,000 votes – but there could only be one winner of the YEP-backed Unsung Hero 2012 award.

Georgina Chapman, 24, who works at the Royal Armouries walked away with the title at the Leeds Hotels & Venues Association (LHVA) awards ceremony on Thursday night.

Rachel Smithson, 39, of DeVere Oulton Hall, came a close second.

Alison Goodison, who nominated Georgina, said: “[Every year] she is responsible for hundreds of New Year’s Eve partygoers.

“She has inevitably spent the last couple of New Year’s Eves at her desk taking bookings, processing ticket sales, liaising with chefs and even greeting guests at the door before managing to grab a drink herself to ring in the New Year.”

The Unsung Hero category was designed to celebrate everyone from the maintenance man to the finance assistant working behind the scenes in the Leeds hospitality industry.

This year the awards, in their seventh year, were hosted by the Royal Armouries and took on an Olympic theme.

Mike Crowther, chair of the judging panel, praised the standard of entries, adding: “Every year the standard improves and every year I am inspired by the quality and determination of the applicants.

“Anyone who was nominated this year should feel very proud as I can’t emphasise the difficulty the judges had in deciding on this year’s winners.”

Deborah Hindley, director of Leeds Hotels and Venues Association, said: “It’s a great privilege to help bring these awards together, as there is so much talent in and around the hospitality sector in Leeds.

“It is fantastic to be able to showcase the true stars of the industry each year and give them the opportunity to celebrate their success.”

Collectively, the 34 members of the LHVA represent in excess of 5,000 bedrooms, 3,500 staff and £170m in joint turnover.

A judging panel of leading figures from the city’s business, tourism and media sectors, chose the winners of the remaining seven categories.

They were:

Bright Idea – the Crowne Plaza meeting and events team;

Exceptional Customer Service – Nathan Litzner, Royal Armouries;

Leeds Award – Adeel Mir, Radisson Blu;

Mentor Award – Linda Arko, Thorpe Park;

Rising Star – Natalie Boyne, Radisson Blu;

Top Team – The Butlers, De Vere Oulton Hall;

Special Award for outstanding team service – IBIS Leeds Centre.

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