The AA has announced that TV presenter, radio personality and journalist, Claudia Winkleman will be the host of the 21st annual AA Hospitality Awards on Monday 24 September 2018, at Grosvenor House in London.
This year is also the 110th anniversary of the AA Hotel and Hospitality Services. The awards will recognise the best hotels, restaurants and pubs across the UK, alongside awards such as the Lifetime Achievement Award, Chef of the Year and more.
Last year’s winner of the Chef of the Year, executive chef of the Ritz, John Williams MBE will be creating the menu for the awards and catering for the 1,000 attendees.
John Williams MBE said: “It was a huge honour to be named AA Chef of the Year by my peers at last year’s AA Restaurant Awards, and came as a complete surprise to me. I’m looking forward to the privilege of cooking for some of the greatest chefs and hospitality professionals at the awards ceremony on 24 September.
“I will create a banqueting menu which celebrates some of our best British produce in season and delivers my food philosophy to the one thousand guests attending. I hope everything goes well on the night.”
Simon Numphud, managing director at AA Hotel and Hospitality Services, added: “It is so important that we continue to recognise the hard work and talent that goes into the great establishments the UK and Northern Ireland have to offer and we are so pleased that Claudia is joining us in this celebration.
“The AA Hospitality Awards are a highlight in the industry calendar and we are so proud that this year marks 110 years of our services.”
New sponsors for this year’s awards include: Chargemaster, James Hallam Insurance, RAK Porcelain, Sealybeds and Sky.