The FCSI’s inaugural chairman’s dinner was held at the Regent Street landmark to mark the changeover of FCSI chairs.
The dinner was to mark David Bentley stepping down from the UK and Ireland chairman’s role after his two year tenure. He will be replaced by Panache Consulting’s managing partner Niccola Boyd-Stevenson.
Guests were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchens and other parts of the venue, before sitting down to a dinner prepared by award-winning executive chef Andrew Turner.
Boyd-Stevenson said, “There’s a real opportunity for us to join together and make a real difference. I’m excited to build on the collaborative work David has started as chairman and to explore the avenues, partnerships and taskforces with our fellow associations to have a meaningful impact.”
Those attending included Sara Jayne Staines OBE, director of the Academy of Culinary Arts, the chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, Ufi Ibrahim, and Tim Hulme, CEO of the British Insitute of Innkeeping.
Boyd-Stevenson will formally take over as the chairman of FCSI UK and Ireland later this month.