Pullman Hotel Liverpool and Wheeler’s Restaurant win big at Liverpool Hospitality Awards

The Pullman Hotel and its restaurant Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s of St. James’s are celebrating after a trio of major wins at the Liverpool Hospitality Awards.

The four star Pullman Hotel was awarded two employee of the year awards, in the Young Chef and Rising Star categories, as well as being honoured with the highly acclaimed Judges Award, for its Welfare and Culture Committee (WCC).

The Welfare and Culture Committee is a HR initiative to support workplace wellbeing at the Pulllman Hotel and has had significantly positive results, most notably the fact that the hotel has sustained employee engagement at 98%.

Employee of the Year – Rising Star went to Mark McDermott. Mark joined the Pullman Liverpool as Receptionist in October 2016 and was quickly promoted to Reception Shift leader in January 2018, thanks to his hard work and constant team motivation. He is also Le Club (Accor Loyalty Programme) Champion and Ambassador for the hotel and delivers Le Club training to teams and Heads of Departments.

Bart Golowacz from Wheeler’s took home the Young Chef accolade. Bart joined the Pullman Liverpool Kitchen team in October 2016, with hotel experience but no previous experience of working with food. He quickly demonstrated a passion for food and his commitment to learn and exceed in the kitchen has known no bounds. He recently completed his studies in NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Food Production and Cooking in which he excelled.

The accolades were announced at a glittering ceremony at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool, hosted by the Liverpool Hospitality Association. It brought together and recognised all the hard work from individuals in the hospitality industry within the Liverpool City Region.

Key speaker Mayor Joe Anderson was also keen to praise the Pullman during his speech, crediting the hotel for their efforts during the car park fire on New Year’s Eve and highlighting the amazing spirit and togetherness of the city that was displayed by the entire Pullman team on that evening.

Speaking after the event, Neil Brailsford, General Manager of the Pullman Hotel, said “It is a fantastic achievement not only for the hotel, but for the individuals who received very well-deserved recognition.

“Wheeler’s is a relatively new restaurant brand to the city, and it is incredible for Bart in particular to be rewarded for his part in helping make it one of the highlights on Liverpool’s thriving food scene. Bart is a real success story for developing grass roots talent within the organisation. The industry itself is facing shortage in skilled chefs and we are delighted to have been able to develop Bart from the very start of his career. He is extremely passionate and talented and is excelling in every area of his cooking. I am immensely proud of all the team and their achievement, but Bart has a particular success story that I will always be proud of.”

The wider Accor group was also celebrating on the evening after the company’s Ibis Styles Hotel was named Team of the Year and its Liverpool Novotel won the Judges Awards alongside The Pullman Hotel.

The Liverpool Hospitality Association is a new hospitality trade group, which merges the Liverpool Hoteliers Association and the Liverpool Restaurant Association. It aims to create a united and powerful body for those in the hospitality industry in the Liverpool City Region.

To book your table at Wheeler’s of St. James head to the website here.

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