Celebrating Leeds’s hospitality sector

Peter Brook, previous winner of the YEP-backed Unsung Hero award.
Peter Brook, previous winner of the YEP-backed Unsung Hero award.
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THE STARS of Leeds’ hospitality sector will be celebrated at a glittering awards event.

The Leeds Hotels and Venues Association (LHVA) Awards recognise the best in service from more than 30 hotels and venues across Leeds.

The YEP is again supporting the Unsung Hero category, and readers will have their chance to vote for their favourite.

Winners will be announced at the awards dinner at Leeds United on Thursday, June 12, which will be hosted by television presenter Harry Gration.

Gordon Jackson, chairman of the association and general manager of the Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, said: “These awards are one of the major highlights in the Leeds hospitality calendar.

“We honour those people that go beyond the call of duty in their work and display incredible passion for service.

“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing how proud the winners are when they are recognised by their peers in the industry.”

The judging panel includes experts from the city’s hospitality industry, including representatives from Leeds Metropolitan University and Leeds City College.

Last year’s winner of the Unsung Hero Award was Peter Brook – a kitchen porter from the Royal Armouries.

He said: “I was extremely proud to win the Unsung Hero Award in 2013.

“I was up against some amazing nominees who are all Unsung Heroes in their own right so I was surprised and very appreciative that the public felt I was most deserving of the award.

“Since winning the award, I have been very motivated to achieve my career goals and have Royal Armouries International to thank for giving me such a great experience.

“I would encourage other young people who are unsure of what career path they want to follow to consider hospitality.

“It’s such a varied occupation with so many choices of venues to work at and no day is ever the same.”

Peter’s manager, Claire Savage, head of operations at the Royal Armouries, said: “Peter joined on a temporary basis [...] and it was immediately obvious that he was a gem!

“He has an amazing work ethic, which is rarely seen in one of such a young age.

“Peter has the ability to read a situation and react to business needs without having to be told and is always willing to help out in other departments if it looks like they need support.”

She added: “I believe an unsung hero is the person you only notice when they aren’t there, not just when they are!”

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