This lifetime award is given to an individual or business which has made a substantial contribution to the development of the industry:

  • 2016 Andrew Hesketh
  • 2015 Mark Arnold, Street Eats’ head of innovation
  • 2014 Camilla Deane
  • 2013 Joe Street, Fine Lady Bakeries
  • 2012 Greencore, Food to Go
  • 2011 Greggs
  • 2010 Alan Dulin
  • 2009 Nellie Nichols
  • 2008 Fred de Luca (Founder of Subway)
  • 2007 David Samworth (Samworth Brothers)
  • 2006 Phillip Brown (founder of Philpott’s)
  • 2005 Nigel Hunter (Buckingham Foods)
  • 2004 Robin Birley (Birley’s)
  • 2003 Patrick Simpson (Foodservice Centre)
  • 2002 Jim Winship (BSA)
  • 2001 Hans Blakmann
  • 2000 Julian Metcalfe and Sinclair Beecham (Pret a Manger)
  • 1999 Peter and John Bartlett (Breadwinner)
  • 1998 The Earl of Sandwich
  • 1997 Edward Gibson (Gibsons)
  • 1996 Pret a Manger
  • 1995 Marks & Spencer