At the glittering awards ceremony, Chef Fritz Machala, Head Chef at The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, was recognised for his creativity, skill and commitment to producing excellent food.
Part of the award-winning Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events team, Chef Fritz is renowned for creating expertly designed menus and delicious gourmet dishes for a range of corporate and private events, using the best of Belfast’s locally sourced produce.
A well-known figure in Northern Ireland, Fritz has over 25 years’ experience in the catering industry, working to Michelin Star and 3 AA Rosette standard before joining the team at Windsor Park in October 2016.
This year was the 23rd anniversary of the coveted Institute of Hospitality Awards for Professionalism, and saw a record number of entries across 21 different categories.
The competitive awards, which were judged by an independent panel, recognise talented individuals who have made a valuable contribution to their business and industry over the past year.
Stephen Frost, Divisional Executive Chef, Sodexo, said: “We are delighted that Chef Fritz Machala has been recognised as Contract Catering Chef of the Year by one of the most prestigious hospitality organisations in the country. It is a very well-deserved win for our talented and hardworking Head Chef.
“Throughout his time working with the rest of the team here, Chef Fritz has helped put The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on the map as a fantastic destination for events, conferences, exhibitions and more.”