NRB Top 50 Powerlist unveiled for 2014

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Fifty top hospitality professionals have been honoured as the best in their industry in the North of England, as part of Northern Restaurant & Bar, being held at Manchester Central on 18-19 March 2014.The third annual NRB Top 50 list was chosen by the exhibition organisers and a panel of industry experts from the Russell Partnership, strategic consultancy specialising in the catering, conferencing, events and leisure markets.

The NRB Top 50 List includes individuals in hospitality operations who are based in the North and have excelled within their field within the last year either in commercial terms (expansion and growth, innovation, financial results, employment and training), critical terms (awards, reviews, plaudits, customer feedback, positive trade and consumer press), or through their wider impact on the industry (mentoring, education, training, charity, associations, tourism, external projects, general altruism and CSR).From the complete list, three special achievement winners are honoured for their exceptional accomplishments. This year the recipients are:

Paul Askew, Chef Patron of The London Carriageworks and The Art School
Paul is an exemplary food and drink ambassador for the region, and his passionate commitment not only to his own ventures but to supporting initiatives for training, tourism and broader hospitality industry excellence is absolutely unparalleled.

Tim  Bacon & Jeremy Roberts of Living Ventures
In Living Ventures, Tim and Jeremy have built a passionate and evangelical team and developed an awe-inspiring model for success which has redefined the dining out landscape across the North and is making significant inroads across the UK.

Marc Wilkinson, Chef Patron of Restaurant Fraiche
Restaurant Fraiche is a testament to what can be achieved with one man’s relentless and single-minded pursuit of brilliance and Marc is a shining star for the North of England capable of matching the best that the UK has to offer.

Thom Hetherington, managing director of Northern Restaurant & Bar, said: “Many congratulations to our three special achievement winners and all those included in this year’s NRB Top 50. This year of improving economic conditions has seen ambition and innovation come to the fore, with a host of new launches from smaller entrepreneurial operators alongside the more established players.”


The 2014 NRB Top 50 are:      


** New entries
Paul Askew, Chef Patron, The London Carriageworks

Mohammed Aslam MBE, Owner, Aagrah Group

Tim Bacon, Managing Director & Jeremy Roberts, Commercial Director, Living Ventures

Craig Bancroft, Joint MD & Nigel Haworth, Chef Patron, Northcote Manor

**John Benson-Smith, Consultant Chef, Manchester City Football Club

**Tim Bilton, Chef Patron, The Spiced Pear

Ken Buckley, Managing Director, Bravo Inns

**Mark Cain, Owner, Velvet

Marie Carter & Beau Myers, Owner, Beautiful Drinks

Morgan Davies, Founder / Joint CEO, Barburrito

Carlo Distefano, Chairman, & Marcello,Distefano, Managing Director, San Carlo Group

**James Douglas & Scott Munro, Co Owner / Director, Reds

Mal Evans, Director, MOJO Bar

Cleo Farman, Owner, Odd Group

Ged Feltham, Owner, Leelex

Jobe Ferguson & Ross Mckenzie, Director, Blackdog

Duncan Fisher, Owner, Apartment Group

David Fox & Nick Jeffrey, Owner, Tampopo

**Kevin Georgel, Managing Director, Admiral Taverns

**Alex Hannah, Director, Lucha Libre

Jonny Heyes, Owner, Port Street Beer House

**James & Karina Hitchen, Managing Director, Neighbourhood/Southern 11

Terry Laybourne, Chef Patron, 21 Hospitality Group

William Lees Jones, Managing Director, JW Lees

**Mike Magrane, General Manager, Q Hotels

Colin Manning, Managing Partner & Gary Manning, Chef Patron, 60 Hope St

**Gary McClarnan, Co Owner / Managing Director, Teacup Kitchen & Teacup Bakery

**James Mackenzie, Chef Patron, Pipe and Glass

Stephen Miles, General Manager, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Dave Mooney & Paul Newman, Owner, New Moon Pub Company

**Joyceln Neve, Managing Director, Seafood Pub Company

**Andrew Nutter, Chef Patron, Nutters

Eamonn O’Loughlin, Owner, Eclectic Hotels

Si Ord, Owner, Sandinista

Andrew Pern, Chef Patron, The Star at Harome

**Steve Pilling, Director & Simon Stanley, Director, Damson Group

**Simon Rimmer, Chef Patron, Greens/Flying Pig and Lobster

Oliver Robinson, Managing Director & Peter Robinson, Chairman, Frederic Robinson

Simon Rogan, Chef Patron, L’Enclume & Roganic

Jonathan Slater, General Manager, Chester Grosvenor

Richard Smith, Chef Patron, Relax, Eat & Drink

Nick Taplin, Managing Director, Sanguine Hospitality

Steven Walker, CEO, Individual Restaurant Company

**Jonathan Ward, Director, Company Value Ltd

Roger Ward, Owner, The Victorian Chop House Company

**Marc Wilkinson, Chef Patron, Restaurant Fraiche

Joel Wilkinson, Owner, Trof

Martin Wolstencraft, Managing Director, Arc Inspirations

**James Wrigley, Managing Director, Fluid Bars

Stewart Yip, Owner, Red Chilli

The NRB Top 50 will return in 2015. For more information and to submit your nominations visit or follow us on twitter @NRBtop50



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