At the Lifetime Achievers Awards, it’s time to recognise individuals who have made a difference.
The Lifetime Achievers Awards are always a special night. We honour those with whom we have worked in the industry for years and listen to their stories.
While the Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence program is a vital part of the Associations’ work, the Lifetime Achievers Awards is a highlight in the year. It is the time to reflect on individual contribution.
Primo Caon, Michael Fischer, Michael Gambaro, Donlevy Fitzpatrick, Jerome de Rose and Blair Farquar have all made great contributions in their own ways. Our Young Achiever, George Calombaris, has also, in a shorter career, given a lot to our industry at a great personal sacrifice. The achievements of each of these individuals are exceptional, and most of them are still making a contribution today.
In whatever context, I reckon this industry is about as hard as it gets. We have generally small, labour intensive businesses, complete with all the headaches they bring—recruitment challenges, payroll admin, managing super and rostering are just a few of the things that keep me awake at night. Big businesses have the human resource departments to handle this sort of workload, we do not. Anyone who can cope with this and still have a smile left for the customer deserves an award. Unfortunately, each year, we can only recognise a few.
President, Restaurant & Catering Australia