Recognising Diversity and Achievement: Submit Your Nominations for the Third Be Inclusive Hospitality Awards

Be Inclusive Hospitality (BIH) is thrilled to announce that nominations are now open for the third BIH Spotlight Awards. Taking place on 21 October 2024 at M Threadneedle Street, London, the awards will continue to amplify and celebrate the exceptional achievements of individuals and businesses from Black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds working within the hospitality, food, and drink sectors.

For the past two years, these prestigious awards have attracted hundreds of nominations and finalists from across the UK. Past winners include Jimi Famurewa, Akoko, Rahel Stephanie, Manju Patel, and Ahmed Abdalla.

This year is set to be bigger and better, supported by returning sponsors Decanter, Deliveroo, OpenTable and 300 guests are expected to attend.

The Award Categories for the 2024 BIH Spotlight Awards are as follows:


Chef of the Year 

Pastry Chef of the Year

Rising star 

Writer of the Year 

Drinks Professional of the Year 

Head Office Impact 


African Food 

Caribbean Food 

East and Southeast Asian Food 

South Asian Food 

Middle Eastern Food 


Bar/Pub of the Year 

Brand of the Year

In addition, two People’s Choice awards will be decided upon by calculating the most votes received for the person and restaurant, respectively:

The Peoples’ Choice Person of the Year 

The Peoples’ Choice Restaurant of the Year 

Employers and employees are invited to actively participate in the awards process by submitting nominations across all categories. Self-nominations are also welcomed.

The expert judging panel, which is a long list of esteemed hospitality leaders, will evaluate the submissions and determine the shortlist and ultimate winners.

Judges include Development Chef Nitisha Patel, Co-Founder Monica Berg, Founder Peter Martin, Chef & Writer Akwasi Brenya-Mensah, and People Director Joanne Sullivan

Lorraine Copes, founder of Be Inclusive Hospitality, says, I am extremely proud and privileged to bring these awards back for a third time. We all recognise the importance of being seen and celebrated; these awards are designed to do just that. I also emphasise the power of career role models within this industry, and our awards improve the visibility of our industry’s best from ethnically diverse backgrounds.’

Akwasi Brenya-Mensah , Awards Judge, Chef & Writer , says: ‘I’m honoured to be part of the judging panel for the BIH Spotlight awards, I think it is really important to have recognition and celebration that is reflective of the breadth, depth and diversity within the UK’s thriving hospitality, food and drinks industry.’

Nomination submissions will close on 22 July 2024, and the finalists will be published on 2 September 24.  The winners will be announced at the live ceremony on Monday, 21st October 2024, at M Threadneedle Street.

Nominations can be submitted here.

A selection of pictures from the 2023 awards can be found here.

For further information on the BIH Spotlight Awards or to interview Lorraine Copes, founder of BIH or members of the judging panel, please email:

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