The winner of the UK Catering Equipment Supplier’s Association’s (CESA) Apprentice of the Year Award attended the NAFEM Show as part of the prize’s benefits.
Emrys Hughes, an applications engineer at UK foodservice equipment manufacturer Plasma Clean, was invited to the Orlando trade show to make international industry connections.
During the show, Hughes met many key industry players and attended the USA young executives meeting.
Hughes said: “It was great to meet colleagues and to share knowledge and experiences. I am sure the contacts will be valuable as we all progress our careers in the industry.”
He went on to say that he was grateful to CESA and John Gilbert for initiating the award.
The award, sponsored by the founder of Gilberts Food Service John Gilbert was given at the CESA’s November conference, where Hughes beat off “strong competition”.
The cost of his trip to NAFAM was covered due to winning the award, along with, a bursary to cover the costs of his course, VIP access to the recent Professional Kitchen Show and a place at the annual CESA Conference, with one night’s accommodation.
The CESA Apprentice of the Year Award is presented annually to acknowledge and celebrate an apprentice’s exceptional contribution to their workplace.
Hughes was chosen as the winner due to his demonstration of commitment to personal development and progression and showing an outstanding contribution to his workplace.
CESA is the largest membership association in the UK for companies involved in the manufacture, import/export, distribution, installation and servicing of commercial catering equipment.