Hobart Warewash and Service would like to congratulate Vera Mirescu, the first winner of a new industry title – The Extra Mile Award at the Foodservice Cateys, which they sponsor.
She scooped the prestigious Award in recognition of her contribution working at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, London, over the past four years.
Vera, catering manager of Host Management, was presented with her award at the recent Foodservice Cateys staged in London.
The hospice’s director, Nigel Hartley, said Vera had “transformed both catering services and our social areas mainly due to her acute levels of attention to detail and her ability to work way beyond what one would expect”.
He added that her management of the catering team enabled it to “to develop and deliver food of the highest quality” but she made a big difference in many other ways. “She makes the lives of our patients and their carers much better by taking the time to make relationships with them through listening and responding to the tiniest requests.”
One patient at the hospice said Vera “lights up my day – she is, quite simply, a star” – a verdict the Award judges agreed with.
Two others were shortlisted for the Award, Gerard Jacob, catering manager at Vacherin and Shirley Moore, paediatric catering supervisor at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
The Extra Mile Award is one of many awards which form part of the Foodservice Cateys, a foodservice initiative run by industry magazine Caterer & Hotelkeeper – recognising people working tirelessly to deliver an exceptional level of service.