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20 Oct 2022

Peach 20/20 celebrates this year’s heroes of hospitality

Peach 20/20 celebrates this year’s heroes of hospitality
Awards honour 14 of the UK’s leading brands and people across the restaurant, pub and bar sectors

Peach 20/20 is thrilled to reveal the winners of the 2022 Hero Awards, the prestigious prizes for hospitality’s very best operators and people. They are: 

Newcomer 

Winner - Marugame Udon
Presented by Vita Mojo

Breakthrough Brand 

Winner - Mr Fogg's
Presented by Mr Yum

Reimagined Brand 

Winner - Gail's
Presented by Casual Dining Show 

Best Destination / New Opening 

Winner - BrewDog, Waterloo
Presented by Wireless Social 

Most Admired 

Winner - Hawksmoor
Presented by Access 

Best Major Company 

Winner - Loungers
Presented by Harri 

Entrepreneurial Company

Winner - Mission Mars 
Presented by Diageo 

Industry Leader 

Nisha Katona, Mowgli
Presented by Fourth 

International Business 

Winner - Ole & Steen
Presented by Yumpingo 

Sustainability 

Winner - Wahaca
Presented by Nutritics 

Diversity Champion 

 Winner - Greene King
Presented by Plan B

Industry Ambassador 

Winner - Alex Reilley, Loungers

Presented by UKHospitality 

Consumer Choice 

Winner - Dishoom
Presented by CGA by Nielsen IQ 

Power Brand 

Winner - Nando’s
Presented by Zonal 

Drinks Experience 

Winner - Revolution Bars
Presented by CPL Training 

The winners emerged from shortlists packed with dozens more of hospitality’s leading brands and people. Twelve were selected by a panel of the industry’s most senior figures, while three—Consumer Choice, Power Brand and Drinks Experience—are based on data from CGA by Nielsen IQ’s exclusive BrandTrack survey of more than 5,000 consumers.

All 15 winners received their trophies at a special Hero & Icon Awards dinner following this year’s Peach 20/20 Conference, the hospitality industry’s leading networking and learning event. The night also celebrated seven more individuals with Icon Awards and Special Awards.

This year’s roll call of Hero Award winners includes both Loungers, the winner of the Major Company award and its co-founder Alex Reilley, who was named Industry Ambassador. From the restaurant sector, Dishoom wins the Consumer Choice category, Hawksmoor the Most Admired award, Marugame Udon the Newcomer Award and Nando’s the Power Brand category. Mission Mars, the business behind brands including Rudy’s and Albert’s Schloss, receives the Entrepreneurial Company award.

From the drinks-led side of hospitality, BrewDog takes the Best Destination / New Opening category for its new bar at Waterloo in London. Mr Fogg’s, the cocktail bar concept from the Inception group, is the Breakthrough Brand, and Revolution Bars receives the Drinks Experience trophy.

Two leading bakery and coffee brands, Ole & Steen and Gail’s, receive the International Business and Reimagined Brand Award, while Mowgli co-founder Nisha Katona is Industry Leader. The honours board is completed by two important new categories for 2022: the Sustainability and Diversity Champion awards, which go to Wahaca and Greene King respectively.

Peach 20/20 founder Peter Martin says: “Our Awards honour 14 of the very best brands in hospitality and two of its most inspiring leaders. They have all dealt superbly with all the multiple challenges thrown at them this year, and shown exceptional resilience, innovation and ambition. They demonstrate the incredible diversity of our sector and prove that it has a very bright future. Congratulations to them all.”

These brands were celebrated at the Hero & Icon Awards dinner following this year’s Peach 20/20 Conference, the hospitality industry’s leading networking and learning event. The evening also saw the presentation of Icon Awards - find out more about the Icon Award winners  here

Peach 20/20 thanks its headline partners: CGA by Nielsen IQDiageoFourthNutriticsVita MojoWireless Social and Zonal; premium partners Access and Harri; and event partners BrewDogBudvar UKChapman VentilationCoca-ColaCPL LearningFreethsLucky SaintMr Yum and Yumpingo. Charity partners are Only A Pavement Away and the Tim Bacon Foundation, and association partners are Plan B and UKHospitality.

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