The CIS Excellence Awards 2020

Award Criteria

Following the disruption caused by COVID-19, the CIS Excellence Awards
2020 have reopened for entries. Please see the individual award criteria below and update or submit your entries as required between Thursday
30th July and the closing date of Thursday 4th September 2020.

Additionally we are introducing the all new Innovation Award,
Collaboration Award and The Social and Community Award for 2020

These are brand-new CIS Excellence categories which aim to provide our
sector with the chance to recognise, celebrate and reward businesses and
individuals that have changed their working practices, donated products,
stock or staff, helped the local community and expanded their remit
during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Entries forms for these are also open from Thursday 30th July until
Thursday 3rd September 2020.

Award 1: The Employee Of The Year Award *This award is available for sponsorship*

Award Synopsis:

Open to all employees working in Scottish catering, hospitality and tourism, this award aims to highlight the staff member whose efforts and contributions have consistently risen above and beyond their usual remit over the past 12 months. Any role or length of service may be considered.

Award 2: The Sustainable Business Award, co-sponsored by Green Tourism *This award is available for co-sponsorship*

Award Synopsis:

Open to any organisation or business working in the Scottish catering, tourism or hospitality sectors, this award seeks to identify operators that have excelled in the reduction of their environmental impact through the implementation of a range of sustainable business policies and practices over the past 12 months.

Award 3: The Banqueting & Events Chef Award, Co-Sponsored by Tilda *This award is available for co-sponsorship*

Award Synopsis:

Open to the top-performing individuals living in Scotland, this award seeks to identify head or executive chefs working in or for hotels, contract caterers, event caterers, staff restaurants, sports stadia, entertainment venues and tourism attractions.

Award 4: The Employee Engagement & Support Award, sponsored by Caterer.com

Award Synopsis:

This award recognises employers in the Scottish catering, hospitality and tourism sectors who can provide measurable evidence of improvement in employee engagement throughout 2019, and who have since adapted their policies and strategies to support and enable the well-being of its workforce during the COVID-19 crisis. The award is open to organisations of any size, structure or discipline and entries are sought from operators who can demonstrate how effectively they have reassured, protected, interacted with and taken care of employees during the pandemic.

Award 5: The Pub Excellence Award, sponsored by KraftHeinz Foodservice

Award Synopsis:

Open exclusively to family-friendly pubs, traditional bars and gastro pubs, this award aims to identify the highest quality, most characterful establishment serving high quality pub-style dishes in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Award 6: The Healthier Scotland Award, sponsored by the healthyliving award, in association with NHS Health Scotland

Award Synopsis:

This award recognises the operator that has made an outstanding contribution to addressing health inequalities, promoting healthier eating and making it easier for people to eat healthily. It is open to all organisations within the Scottish catering and hospitality industry.

Award 7: The Food Tourism Award, Co-Sponsored By Seafood Scotland and Sodexo

Award Synopsis:

This award aims to celebrate the value of the food tourism sector in line with the Food Tourism Scotland action plan. Entries are invited from organisations through which people learn about and/or consume food and drink, including visitor attractions, cookery schools, farm shops, retailers, food-and-drink tour operators, agri-tourism businesses, festival organisers and street food sellers.

Award 8: The Restaurant Newcomer Of The Year Award, Sponsored by TLT LLP. *This Award is available for co-sponsorship*

Award Synopsis:

Open to all restaurants, located in Scotland (including those within hotels), this award celebrates the establishment that has best captured the imagination, attention and praise of the industry, public and media since launching within the previous three years.

Award 9: The Hospitality Educator of the Year Award, *This award is available for sponsorship*

Award Synopsis:

The winner of this award will be a well respected individual who is currently employed in an educational or training establishment in Scotland and specialises in the catering, hospitality or tourism disciplines.

Award 10: The Independent Hotel of the Year Award, co-sponsored by Keenan Recycling *This award is available for co-sponsorship*


Award Synopsis:

This award is open to establishments of all sizes that are located in Scotland, providing they are run as sole business entities and do not form part of a collection or group of hotels.

Award 11: The Patisserie Chef of the Year Award, *This award is available for sponsorship*

Award Synopsis:

This award seeks to showcase the highly skilled pastry chefs and patissiers working throughout Scotland in the competitive and highly specialised areas of pastry, chocolate, marzipan, sugar and pastillage.

Award 12: The Group Hotel of the Year Award, co-sponsored by InStock *This award is available for co-sponsorship*

Award Synopsis:

This award is open to all hotels that are managed by third parties or are operated as part of a larger organization with two or more properties in a portfolio. The winning establishment should be located in Scotland and form part of a local, national or international hotel brand.

Award 13: The Young Chef Of The Year Award, Co-sponsored by HRC Recruitment Ltd. *This award is available for co-sponsorship*

Award Synopsis:

Nominations are invited from chefs 25 years of age and under who are working at any level in Scottish hospitality. The winner will have experience of developing their own recipes and menus, and will be regarded as an inspiration to others and a future star of the sector.

Award 14: The Restaurant of the Year Award, co-sponsored by Pelican Procurement *This award is available for co-sponsorship*

Award Synopsis:

Open to establishments of all sizes and structure – including those within hotels – this award aims to identify the restaurant in Scotland that prioritises exemplary produce, exceptional culinary skills, first class service and an innovative approach to waste management.

Award 15: The Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by BaxterStorey

Award Synopsis:

Open to chefs in all organisations across Scotland, this award seeks to highlight the individual whose exceptional knowledge, experience and technical skills have set them apart from their colleagues, peers and competitors.

Award 16: The Lifetime Excellence Award, Co-sponsored By Braehead Foods and City of Glasgow College

Award Synopsis:

The winner of this award will be an outstanding personality who has, over the course of their career, demonstrated a unique and exceptional commitment to improving the hospitality, catering and tourism industry in Scotland.

The winner will possess the following attributes:

  • He/she will have made a significant contribution to the industry for more than 25 years
  • He/she will possess a reputation for exemplary knowledge and experience in their respective field of expertise
  • He/she will have used their experience and knowledge to promote, develop, aid and influence Scotland’s future talent
  • He/she will have spent significant time and effort imparting their skills and knowledge to the younger generations

Please note: The CIS Excellence Awards Advisory Board is inviting suggestions for potential recipients of this most prestigious award. No written statement or substantiating evidence is required. However, please submit the name and profession of your suggested individual, in addition to your own name and contact details in case members of the board require to contact you in order to discuss your nomination.

Award 17: The Well-being in Hospitality Award, sponsored by Inspire Catering

Award Synopsis:

Open to any organisation in the Scottish catering, tourism or hospitality sectors, this award seeks to identify operators who are leading the way in recognising and addressing mental health issues in the workplace and prioritising well-being and the introduction of measures to counter the negative effects of mental health problems among staff and/or customers.


Award 18: The Innovation Award

Award Synopsis:
Open to companies and individuals in Scottish catering, hospitality and tourism, this award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate an innovative service, offering, initiative or product that has been created as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis and which has had a positive effect on staff, customers, clients and/or the local population or general public.


Award 19: The Collaboration Award

Award Synopsis:
Open to groups of two or more companies or individuals in Scottish catering, hospitality and tourism, this award seeks to acknowledge a notable collaborative arrangement that was created as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis and which has most improved the product(s) or service(s) of the subjects or their customers.


Award 20: The Social and Community Award

Award Synopsis:
Open to all operators in Scottish catering, hospitality and tourism, this award seeks to acknowledge a company, individual or initiative that has facilitated or implemented social improvements within their organisation to assist clients, staff and/or the local community during the lockdown period between March and July 2020.