On the 16th of October 2023, Be Inclusive Hospitality hosted the illustrious BIH Spotlight Awards, a dazzling ceremony at M Threadneedle Street, London. Hosted by renowned chef Shelina Permalloo, it celebrated outstanding diversity in the vibrant hospitality industry.
In the wake of a recent media storm surrounding Thomas Straker’s all-white, all-male chef brigade at his restaurant, the hospitality industry has been forced to confront Diversity and Inclusion once more.
On Monday, June 19th, the hospitality industry witnessed a landmark event that marked the release of the highly anticipated 2023 Inside Hospitality Report.
Meet Fatima Tarkleman, a no-waste queer development chef and fermentation enthusiast of mixed Asian-African descent. Fatima runs her Instagram page, where she posts incredible recipes and more recently, spreads ADHD awareness.
Be Inclusive Hospitality, founded by award-winning Birmingham-born hospitality veteran Lorraine Copes to launch in Birmingham on Monday 24th April at The Grand Hotel.
Findings aim to build upon past years findings, examining the current state of affairs regarding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within the hospitality sector.
Meet Sherwin Acebuche, Filipino born co-founder of the Southeast Asian inspired spirit brand, Tarsier. The brand is not only committed to representing Southeast Asia through drink but also to saving the dying population of Tarsiers.
Piers Zangana is the founder of the Persian Hospitality Network and PR agency Susa Communications, helping hospitality businesses tell their stories and bringing the Persian hospitality community together.
Sting Khumalo is the HR Director at the luxury 5-star hotel The Biltmore, and has worked in the industry for more than fifteen years.
Sting’s success is accredited to her determination, passion and overall support she has garnered over the years.
Ranji Thangiah is a London based food photographer, who specialises in editorial, lifestyle and restaurant photography. Her journey into food photography started with her Sri Lankan food blog, Tooting Mama. The blog reflects her Sri Lankan heritage and culture shared through recipes and stories.
A month on from the inaugural BIH Spotlight Awards we wanted to take a moment to refocus why we started them in the first place. The goal was to celebrate and recognise exceptional talent and achievement from Black, Asian, and ethnic minorities working within hospitality, food, and drink. Reading the below, we think that has been achieved!
Find out more about our incredible winners and what they do, as well as their insights on winning a BIH Spotlight Award.
Babatunde Abifarin is founder of Farin Road restaurant in Edinburgh, and has worked in the trade for the better part of a decade. Abi has always been eager to introduce the Scottish community to African food, by adding African ingredients to many of his menus at restaurants where he has worked as head chef.
Last night, Be Inclusive Hospitality (BIH) proudly announced the winners for its BIH Spotlight Awards – the first ever awards to celebrate diverse talent within the hospitality industry in the UK. The glitzy awards ceremony was held in London at Percy’s Kensington and was hosted by TV presenter, author and pastry chef, Ravneet Gill.
Mabina Zinga is the founder of Brazza, a restaurant that has recently moved from Pop Brixton in South London. The restaurant mixes Congolese, West African and European influences to create a unique take on African food.
Aghiles Ourad is the founder of ‘The Other Grape’, importing quality wines from the Arab world to spotlight ‘both the forgotten grapes and their untold stories’.