Voting is now open for the Craft Guild of Chefs 2012 winner of the People’s Choice Award. The winner is solely dependent on online voting for the four shortlisted nominees.


The award was introduced by the Guild last year to celebrate the unsung heroes in the chef world and recognise a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry as a whole and made a big impact on their colleagues.


Last year’s online voting was a great success, with more than 1,100 votes cast by the deadline that led to Craft Guild vice president John Retallick winning the award.


Votes are now being sought for:

  • Geoff Acott – national treasurer of the Craft Guild and former captain at the Defence Food Services School
  • Paul Gayler – executive chef of the Lanesborough Hotel
  • Peter Hazzard – from Chaddlewood Consultancy and former executive director of food services at Sodexo
  • Michael Kitts – senior chef lecturer at Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management


People can vote only once for their favourite and all votes will be carefully vetted to ensure there are no duplicates. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced along with the 15 other award category winners at the aptly themed ‘Going for Gold’ 2012 Craft Guild of Chefs Awards ceremony at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, June 13.


To cast your vote, click here. The deadline for online votes is 5pm on Friday, May 18.