Hands up for hospitality
Bidfood’s Group Sales & Marketing Director, Andy Kemp, received an honorary doctorate from the University of West London (UWL) for his services to the hospitality industry, at Wembley Stadium on 25th July.
Andy – one of the best-known and most-respected faces in hospitality – has previously been a guest lecturer at the university’s London Geller College of Hospitality & Tourism. He has been a driving force in raising awareness of some of the vital issues facing our industry, more recently mobilising industry bodies to support the protection of Universal Free School Meals and particularly the benefits of children’s attainment through good nutrition and hydration. He remains on the work study group that is analysing and gaining data to support further evidence going forward. Andy is also passionate about highlighting the skills gap within the industry.
His work with UWL is supported by an unwavering commitment to many of the industry’s leading charities and organisations including Springboard, Hospitality Action, the One and All Foundation and the British Hospitality Association, where Andy is focused on championing positive change across the industry.
Andy Kemp, Group Sales & Marketing Director of Bidfood, comments:
“I am immensely proud and grateful to receive this honour from the University of West London, it is truly humbling.
“Over the course of my 36 years in this great industry I have been privileged to witness many challenges, opportunities and experiences. This is a great industry and it’s given me not only the pleasure of working with some amazing people but also the opportunity to play an important part in raising awareness of key issues facing foodservice and hospitality.
“Partnering with the University of West London gave me the opportunity to help broaden students’ knowledge around elements of food procurement, food safety and food distribution as well as creating awareness of the depth of employment opportunities in foodservice. The chefs and managers of tomorrow have a real opportunity to shape the next generation’s attitudes and appreciation of food and its service. Future work continues and will include focus on growth hormones and antibiotics in food and further work on nutrition and education attainment.
“It is an honour to support the University of West London in any way I can.”
Andrew Selley, Chief Executive of Bidfood, comments:
“What makes Andy unique is his absolute passion for the hospitality industry and for those who work within it.
“For over three decades, he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to championing positive change across the industry – from both within the Bidfood business and beyond, via his tireless voluntary work for many of the industry’s leading charities.
“Andy is always prepared to go the extra mile to create a better future for hospitality, and the whole team at Bidfood is delighted that his efforts are being recognised today.”
Professor Alexandros Paraskevas of the University of West London, added:
“We are awarding Andy this honorary doctorate in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the UK and international food industry. On top of his professional achievements as trail-blazer and policy influencer, he has done very significant work with many charities in advocating a better future for young and often vulnerable people. Andy has been an inspirational guest lecturer in our College and has provided students numerous industry links for placements, research and professional development.”