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22 Sep 2022

Peach 20/20 unveils shortlists for the 2022 Hero & Icon Awards

Prestigious prizes celebrate nearly 60 of the UK’s best hospitality brands, businesses, venues and individuals

Peach 20/20 is delighted to reveal the shortlists for the 2022 Hero & Icon Awards, honouring dozens of superb businesses and people across the hospitality sector. The 11 shortlists are: 


Arcade, Big Mamma Group, Marugame Udon, NQ64, Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen and Sessions


Breakthrough Brand

Black Sheep Coffee, Bundobust, Butchies, Mr Fogg's, North Brewing Co and Wingstop


Reimagined Brand or Business

Arc Inspirations, Coco di Mama, Gail's, Gusto Italian, Hickory's, Pizza Pilgrims, Rockfish and The Alchemist


Best Destination / New Opening

Arcade; BrewDog, Waterloo; Brewpoint, Bedford; Electric Shuffle, Bermondsey; Hawksmoor, Wood Wharf; M Restaurants, Canary Wharf; The Alchemist, Edinburgh; and The Firehouse, Manchester


Most Admired Company or Brand

Boxpark, Dishoom, Hawksmoor, JKS, Loungers, Mission Mars and Pizza Pilgrims


Best Major Business

Burger King, Five Guys, Greene King, Loungers, Nando's, Revolution Bars, Soho House and Wagamama


Entrepreneurial Company of the Year

Arc Inspirations, Dishoom, Incipio, JKS, Mission Mars, Mowgli, Ole + Steen and Turtle Bay


International Award

Black Sheep Coffee, Hawksmoor, Ole + Steen, Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen, Soho House and Swingers


Sustainability Award

Burger King, Hawksmoor, M Restaurants, Nando's, Peach Pub Co, Revolution Bars, Rockfish and Wahaca


Industry Leader of the Year

Nick Collins, Loungers; Roy Ellis, Mission Mars; Nisha Katona, Mowgli; Nick Mackenzie, Greene King; Marta Pogroszewska, Gail’s; Rob Pitcher, Revolution Bars; Mitch Tonks, Rockfish; and Martin Wolstencroft, Arc Inspirations


Industry Ambassador Award

Will Beckett, Hawksmoor; Nisha Katona, Mowgli; Tom Kerridge, chef; Sacha Lord, The Warehouse Project; Alex Reilley, Loungers; and Clive Watson, The City Pub Company


The shortlists were selected by a panel of hospitality’s most senior and accomplished figures, and cover the UK’s wide spectrum of restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes. They recognise 45 different brands, businesses and venues, plus 13 inspirational individuals. Businesses with multiple nominations include Hawksmoor with five and Dishoom, Nando’s, Revolution Bars and The Alchemist with three apiece. 

The winners of all 11 categories will be revealed at a special Hero & Icon Awards dinner following the Peach 20/20 Conference on Tuesday 18 October at the Roundhouse in London. The invitation-only Conference is the hospitality industry’s top networking and learning event of the year.

Shortlists for four more categories—the Diversity Award, Consumer Choice, Power Brand and Drinks Experience—will be unveiled soon. The dinner will also present two Special Awards and name the recipients of the prestigious Peach 20/20 ICON Awards, for individuals who have left their mark on the out-of-home eating and drinking sectors. There are no shortlists for the Special or ICON Awards. 

Peach 20/20 founder Peter Martin says: “These shortlists are packed with the brands and people who make hospitality such a dynamic and successful sector, and we salute them all. In a challenging time for the industry, these superb businesses and leaders have responded brilliantly to all the major issues like Brexit, COVID and rising costs that have been thrown at them, and they reflect the remarkable diversity, resilience and innovation of hospitality today. These are the best of the best in our industry, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with them at our Awards night on 18 October.”

Peach 20/20 thanks its headline partners on the Hero & Icon Awards: CGA by Nielsen IQDiageoFourthNutriticsWireless Social and Zonal; premium partner Harri; and event partners BrewDogBudvar UKChapman VentilationCoca-ColaFreethsLucky 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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