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It was certainly Best of British for the 25th Anniversary of the National Restaurateurs’ Dinner on Monday 23 April.  The prestigious and premier fundraising event, organised by three of the industry’s most prominent and respected organisations: The Academy of Food and Wine Service, the Academy of Culinary Arts and the Restaurant Association, raised over £60,000 to support the continuation of their training and educational initiatives.

Attended by the crème de la crème of the industry, the night saw guests rubbing shoulders with the National Restaurant Association of America and renowned chef Thomas Keller, amongst others.

Sophie Roberts-Brown, Executive Director at The Academy of Food & Wine Service comments on the evening: “We achieved over a 100% uplift on the amount of money raised last year.  It was truly a phenomenal evening.  However, this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our sponsors; the amazing auction which included lots donated by Silverseas Cruises, Bovey Castle and Rocco Forte hotels; table prizes; our wine sponsors; and the marvellous Champagne Moutard.

“This year’s event not only saw a record amount of money being raised, but also saw us launch our patron scheme where we indoctrinated our 11 patrons into our L’Academie de Lanson NRD Hall of Fame.  Our first patrons include Roy Ackerman CBE, Sir Rocco Forte, Lee Cash, Julia Hands, Mike Sunley, Robyn Jones OBE, Ramon Pajares OBE, Michael Druitt, Patrick Gwynn-Jones MBE, Olga Polizzi CBE and Richard Shepherd CBE.

For the last 25 years the National Restaurateurs’ Dinner has raised vital funds to help maintain the profile and esteem of the industry both front and back of house through training and educational programmes.

Sophie Roberts-Brown concludes: “The support the industry gives us is phenomenal and we can’t say thank you enough.  It just proves that when we pull together we can really make a difference.  The event sold out back in January so certainly demonstrates that this is becoming the networking event of the year with all the luminaries from both sides of the Atlantic in attendance.”

If you’re interested in becoming a part of L’Academie de Lanson NRD Hall of Fame please contact Sophie Roberts-Brown at the Academy of Food & Wine Service

To ensure your place at the event next year visit to get your name on the early bird lists as soon as possible

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