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Our Toque d'Or 2020 Partners

Our Toque d’Or® Partners bring huge support and focus to help develop the future of the hospitality industry

Our partners play a key role in providing the platform for Toque d'Or to communicate with colleges and apprentices across the UK and Ireland as well as providing vital prize funding, benefiting colleges taking part in the competition. A number of these partners also work to deliver challenges that enhance the learnings of students and apprentices alike and promote the broad range of opportunities the hospitality industry has to offer.

Thank you to all of our partners who have helped us in shaping this year’s competition to continue to inspire and support the next generation of hospitality professionals.

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HIT Training is the leading expert training and apprenticeship provider for the Hospitality and Catering sector. Having supported over 100,000 learners across 20,000 employer sites across the country HIT offers a huge range of apprenticeships and development schemes for people at all levels, from school-leavers to senior management. In the last year alone, HIT delivered over a quarter of all hotel and catering apprenticeships in England and helped more than 20,000 people gain a qualification, apprenticeship or job.

PACE is the representative body for the hospitality and catering education and training sector in England, with links in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We operate at a regional and national level, organising networking and professional development events. Our network includes 275 colleges, with links to 30 universities, and in many regions a range of local schools, with representation of 5,000 lecturers and 100,000 students.

The Savoy Educational Trust is an independent, grant giving charitable trust, whose main aim is to advance and develop education, training and qualifications within the hospitality industry. The Trust does this in many ways, one of which is by supporting one of the leading industry competitions, Nestle Professional Toque d’Or, thereby recognising and rewarding the achievement of specific skills and investing in the future talent of the industry.

Russums is a leading supplier of professional catering clothing and equipment to the hospitality industry.  An extensive range of products from leading manufacturers is complemented by their own in-house production and embroidery team, offering quality products, service and value. A partner with Toque d’Or for many years now, Russums also supports a number of education and industry competitions and initiatives, helping to develop skills and offer opportunities within this exciting world of hospitality

WSET provides best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower the world’s wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts. We currently offer nine qualifications covering wines, spirits and sake. WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. In the last academic year more than 85,000 candidates sat a WSET exam in over 70 countries.

Footprint is the UK’s leading sustainability expert in Out of Home and Hospitality. For a decade, Footprint has been a catalyst for debate, shifting the sustainability agenda in the sector significantly. Through forums, conferences, awards, research, consultancy and media channels, Footprint is the number one community for sustainability leaders in the food and drink industry, providing knowledge, insight and practical support to help tackle complex sustainability and responsible business challenges.

OLIO – Make your business & home zero food waste.

We connect neighbours with each other and Food Waste Hero volunteers with local businesses, to share food (and other things) rather than throw them away. Our mission is to unlock the value of food that is wasted in the home and local community, and transform our ‘throw-away society’ into a ‘give away society’ by sharing more and wasting less.

After a successful career as a presenter and executive producer for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, Robert Smith launched Shuttersmith to help international and national companies develop compelling media ideas and turn them in to projects that captivate an audience. Shuttersmith has been involved with the Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or competition for nearly 20 years and each year brings to life the competition from every aspect revealing the passion, dedication and talent of the competitors and companies involved.

Mulmar Foodservice Solutions is a major player in the UK coffee beverage industry and speciality sector for more than 30 years. It offers a complete range of equipment and provides full dedicated service cover in the UK and Ireland. Mulmar Foodservice Solutions will endeavour to continue to pioneer, innovate and to support the next generations of our exciting hospitality industry and, together with Nestlé Professional and Toque D’Or, bring together the heart and soul of the coffee industry in the UK.

Grindsmith was founded in 2014 with their first unit, a small Pod in the centre of Manchester. They were quickly tipped as one of the go to places for speciality coffee in the city centre and as their reputation grew so did their shops. 

Opening another city centre venue and expanding into Media City the team behind Grindsmith wanted to open their own roastery in 2018. Now focusing on directly sourced coffees their team are creating a centre for excellence in the centre of Manchester.