Chef and Restaurateur Gordon Ramsay is Most Powerful Player in the Hospitality Industry’s Top 100

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Gordon Ramsay was voted most influential person in the UK hospitality industry, in the second CatererSearch Top 100.

Having three chefs in the top 10 shows how much impact leading chefs are still having in the UK hospitality industry, particularly through their huge media profiles.

Chef and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay has leapfrogged fellow celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to take the top spot in this year’s CatererSearch100 list of the most powerful and influential players in UK hospitality.

The CatererSearch100 recognises key players in the hospitality industry including hoteliers, restaurateurs, contract caterers, pub operators and chefs whose actions are having the greatest impact. A panel of expert judges ranked the nominees in each of the five categories on criteria ranging from direct power, success, innovation, future potential, and their wider influence across the whole sector.

Gordon Ramsay clinched the top spot due to his high-octane year, which has seen him garner more column inches than any other personality in the industry. Ramsay has also successfully opened La Noisette in London and has new sites launching in New York and Florida this autumn.

“I am delighted with this award, I've tried to never take anything for granted and any success along the way has always been very much a credit to the team,” Gordon Ramsay told Caterer and Hotelkeeper.

James Garner, managing editor at Caterer and Hotelkeeper, said: "It is Gordon Ramsay, who currently stands out as the most influential person in the hospitality industry, not just because of the volume of column inches and TV air time devoted to him, but also due to his passion for the industry and his desire and success at growing his business, both in the UK and abroad.

"Having three chefs in the top 10 shows how much impact leading chefs are still having in the UK hospitality industry, particularly through their huge media profiles."

Twenty two chefs made it onto this, the second CatererSearch100 list – four more than last year.

Influential chefs include Heston Blumentha l of The Fat Duck at No.8, Rick Stein at No.4 and rising star Michael Caines, who is behind the new food driven Abode hotels at No.22.

Top 10 chefs with positions on CatererSearch100 in brackets

1.    Gordon Ramsay (1)

2.    Jamie Oliver (2)

3.    Heston Blumenthal (8)

4.    Rick Stein (14)

5.    Michael Caines (22)

6.    Mark Edwards (32)

7.    Raymond Blanc (39)

8.    Richard Corrigan (45)

9.    Chris and Jeff Galvin (52)

10.    Rainer Becker (53)

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