Andrew Bennett MBE – Head Judge

Head Judge:

The Stadium Experience Leadership Team approached Andrew to be the official Head Judge for the Matchday Hospitality Awards for 2020 and beyond. The role was offered to Andrew upon the strong recommendations of previous Head Judges, and the full support and encouragement of the current judging team.  Andrew was selected based upon his extensive knowledge and involvement in both the chef and hospitality industries, with over 40 years extensive experience and a passion for driving up standards.  As well as judging matchday hospitality experiences for the awards, Andrew’s role as Head Judge also includes helping to develop the judging criteria each year, organising the judging teams schedules, and validating each individual report submitted by the judging team to ensure consistency across the board.  Please see Andrew’s biography details below:


A very experienced catering expert with extensive knowledge of the Hospitality Industry.  A very varied career commencing with positions in many top class hotels in London and the home counties, culminating with a senior position Director of Food and Beverage with Sheraton Grand Hotel London Piccadilly.

Andrew has achieved many awards including –

·         President’s award – Park Lane Hotel – Jan 2000

·         Banqueting Chef of the year – The Craft Guilds of Chefs – June 2000

·         Tiffany Star Award for Excellence Links with Education – HCPTA – June 2005

·         Presidents award – Park Lane Hotel – Jan 2007

·         Citizen of Luton Award – Recognition for services towards the development of young people in education and the hospitality industry – Luton Borough Council – Jan 2008

·         Manager of the year – Park Lane Hotel – Jan 2009

·         MBE – Services towards the development of young talent within the hospitality industry – Buckingham Palace Oct 2010

·         Chairman’s Award – Services to – The Craft Guilds of Chefs – Dec 2011

·         Manager of the year – The Park Lane Hotel – Jan 2012

·         Special award – The Craft Guilds of Chefs – for services in the industry and the raising of £150k for Keech Hospice – May 2017

·         Banqueting Chef of the Year, Manager of the Year.

He is recognised as an accredited culinary arts Judge and has chaired many panel of Judges.

Now retired, Andrew still is supportive of the Hospitality Industry passing on his vast knowledge to members and establishments that would benefit from his assistance.


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See all of the judges biographies for the Matchday Hospitality Awards below:

Andrew Bennett (Head Judge)Geoff AcottGerald Roser
Rod BowkerGraham CrumpNeil Thomson
Mark JamesDonald LeitchAnton Endelmann
Andrew GreenDavid McKownMartyn Lawson



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