Ben Warner, Founder of benugo, has been honoured for his professional achievements with ‘Food Service Caterer of the Year’ at the catering industry’s prestigious Catey awards.
Ben founded benugo in 1998 and had a vision of creating superb, natural food and giving customers a memorable experience. The benugo brand now encompasses its own award-winning high street stores, catering concessions within some of the UK’s finest museums and public spaces and retail workplace catering for blue chip business and industry clients.
benugo joined Westbury Street Holdings (WSH), the owner of the UK’s most successful portfolio of independent catering and hospitality businesses, in 2007, which fuelled growth opportunities for the niche player, seeing it go from strength-strength under Warner’s retained leadership.
Commenting on his award win, Warner said: “I am delighted to receive this well-regarded industry award. What makes benugo special is the consistency and retail focus of a high street brand, combined with the flexibility and responsiveness of a contract catering organisation. I am really proud of the success we’ve had as a business and I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for us.”
Alastair Storey, Chief Executive of WSH, added: “Ben has built one of the industry’s most revered and exciting businesses, transforming the model for foodservices to clients and the public at large. It’s wonderful to have Ben’s efforts so publicly recognised.”
With Warner at the forefront, much of benugo’s success has come from its ability to create destinations in their own right within public spaces, such as the Ashmolean Dining Room, London Wall Bar & Kitchen (Museum of London) and Bishopsgate Kitchen.
In England, benugo has deals with six of the top ten most visited museums – The British Museum, the V&A, Natural History Museum, Museum of London and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. The caterer also operates within the number one paid and unpaid visitor attractions in Scotland, Edinburgh Castle and National Museums of Scotland respectively.