Top trumps of 2017: Imbibe's Personality of the Year shortlist

Imbibe Editorial

Imbibe Editorial

06 January 2017

Roll up and marvel at the list of bartenders, somms, F&B managers and anyone else in the on-trade absolutely killing it. Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you your nominees for Imbibe Personality of the Year 2017

Awards are always going to be ego-massagingly lovely to receive – but they're especially yumptious when they're voted for by your peers; people who share with you the highs and lows of this most mercurial and demanding of professions on a daily basis, and people who recognise just how much work you've really been putting in.

The above reasons show why Imbibe's Personality of the Year Awards has become such a big deal in the industry calendar: because those that have been shortlisted have been selected by you, Imbibe's dear readers, as having made the most impact in the on-trade in the past 12 months.

In addition, because this year marks Imbibe's 10th birthday, we have decided to chuck a shiny new award into the mix. The Personality of the Decade will see one person rewarded for their outstanding contribution to the industry over the past 10 years. The winner will probably get a unicorn or something…

Now, gentle readers, your work is done. From here on in, it's up to our judging panels of industry experts to pick the champions of each category, all of whom will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at Oriole in early February.

So here are your nominees for Imbibe Personality of the Year 2017. Congratulations and good luck to all those listed below!

Categories and nominees

Adam Byatt
Adam Byatt

Restaurant Personality of The Year
Adam Byatt, Trinity, London
Robin & Sarah Gill, The Dairy, The Manor, Counter Culture, Paradise Garage, London
Kate Hawkings, Bellita, Bristol
Richard Homes, Pint Shop, Cambridge and Oxford
Terry Kandylis, 67 Pall Mall, London
Fernando Marques, Mr Cooper’s House & Garden, Manchester
Stuart McCluskey, El Cartel, The Devil’s Advocate, Edinburgh
Xavier Rousset MS, Blandford Comptoir, Cabotte, London
Margaux Sharratt, Naughty Piglets, London


Danny Murphy
Danny Murphy

Bar Personality of The Year
Mike Aikman, Bramble, Edinburgh
Bobby Hiddleston, Swift, London
Danny Murphy, Berry & Rye, Jenny’s, Furnival’s Well, Liverpool
Ago Perrone, Connaught Bar, London
Mark Taylor, Arcane, Manchester
Richard Tring, Red Light, Bristol
Edmund Weil, Nightjar, Oriole, Swift, London
Matt Whiley, Peg + Patriot, London
Richard Woods, Duck & Waffle, London
Louis Xavier Lewis-Smith, The Dark Horse, Bath


Helen Wilson
Helen Wilson

Pub Personality of The Year
Tim Bird, Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars, various
Roy Ellis, Mission Mars, Manchester
Martin Harley, London Village Inns, London
Jonny Hayes, Common, Manchester
Martin Hayes, Craft Beer Co, London
Andy Kydd, The Cambridge Brew House, Cambridge
Nigel Owen, Mother Kelly’s, London
Rob Star, Electric Star Pubs, London
Helen Wilson, The Victoria, London


Sarah Williams
Sarah Williams

Hotel Personality of The Year
Craig Bancroft, Northcote, Lancashire
Romain Bourger, The Vineyard at Stockcross, Berkshire
Alastair Phillips, Cliveden House, Berkshire
Nigel Sandiford, The Dorchester, London
Ashley Shaw, The Westbury, London
Agnieszka Sledz, Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire
Sarah Williams, Ham Yard, London


Leon Dalloway
Leon Dalloway

Innovator of The Year
Richard Cooper, The Stable, nationwide Leon Dalloway, Gin Journey, nationwide
Chris Edwards & Dave Tregenza, Salts of the Earth, London
Chris Galvin & Jeff Galvin, Galvin Restaurants, nationwide
Iain Griffiths, Mr Lyan, Trash Tiki, London
James Manning & Rich Manning, The Shack Revolution, Hereford
Bart Murphy, Beat Street, Manchester
Robert Wood, The Wilderness, Birmingham


Educator of The Year
John Collingwood, Fling Bar Services
Myles Cunliffe, Mixology Group
Julian De Féral, Gorgeous Group
Giuseppe Gallo, Italspirits
Ronan Sayburn MS, Court of Master Sommeliers
Annabel Smith BS, Beer Belle


Sarah Riddle
Sarah Riddle

Hot Stuff
Chelsie Bailey, Red Light, Bristol
Aidan Bowie, Dandelyan, London
Mathias Camilleri, The Five Fields, London
Harry Crowther, M Wine Store, London
Bradley Cummings & Gareth Williams, Tiny Rebel Brewery, Newport
Lukas Nikanorovas, Plateau, London
Sarah Riddle, Sketch, London
Danilo Tersigni, AccorHotels, London
Dominic Whisson, American Bar at the Savoy, London


Tony Conigliaro
Tony Conigliaro

Industry Legend
George Bergier
Tony Conigliaro
Mark Dorber
Christine Parkinson
Brian Silva



The Imbibe judging panels

None of this would be possible without the eminent names combing the shortlists and picking the overall winners. Say hello to the judges, comprising top industry names and previous Personality of the Year Award winners

Judging coordinator
Celine Bouteiller

Roger Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn
Matthieu Longuere MS, Le Cordon Bleu
Laure Patry, The Social Company
Sunaina Sethi, JKS Restaurants
Charlie Young, Vinoteca

Mixellany's Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller
Mixellany's Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller

Elliot Ball, The Cocktail Trading Co
Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller, Mixellany
Ryan Chetiyawardana, Mr Lyan
Dee Davies, Red Light, Bristol
Anna Sebastian, Beaufort Bar at the Savoy

Gerard Basset MW OBE, Hotel TerraVina, Hampshire
Thomas Decan, The Ampersand Hotel, London
Loyd Loudy, Dorchester Collection
David Morgan-Hewitt, The Goring, London
Lance Perkins, The London Edition

Kane Brooks, ETM Group
Mark Dorber, Boudica Inns
Paul Newman, consultant
Jane Peyton BS, School of Booze

Judges are not allowed to vote for themselves or nominees from their own organisation

Personality of the Decade
This special award, created to mark Imbibe's 10th anniversary, will see one outstanding individual named for their contribution to the on-trade over the past decade. You don’t get to vote. This is our award and we’ll give it to who we like – so there!

Chairman's Award
Once again, an additional discretionary Chairman’s Award will be given to one of the nominees who has shown outstanding ability in his or her nominated category.


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