At this year’s Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards, he received the accolade for his years of dedication to hospitality training and giving hundreds of young people their first opportunity to work in catering.
A fellow of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, he last year teamed-up with the City of Liverpool College to deliver the North’s first RACA Chefs Apprenticeships which are recognised as the gold standard for chef training in Europe.
Askew was among 18 businesses and individuals who received awards at the ceremony event held in St George’s Hall which was organised by Eventful in conjunction with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and hosted by Claire Simmo and Jay Hynd.
Dinner for the 500 guests was provided by Roby Mill-based Carringtons Catering whose director Darren Wynn, a Master Chef of Great Britain, devised the menu.
It featured a starter of Mosaic of Salmon and Watercress, Charred Cucumber and Guacamole Mousse or Beetroot Goats Cheese Mousse, Orange Vinaigrette.
This was followed by a main of Roast Rump of Lamb, Rolled Shoulder and Roast Garlic, Pomme Duchesse and Crisp Lamb Bacon or Coulibiac of Vegetables with Red Pepper Sauce and a sweet of Dark Chocolate Torte, Chocolate Soil, Green Tea Jelly & Braised Cherries.
Sara Wilde McKeown, chair of the Liverpool City Region Visitor Economy Board, said: “Tonight has been a truly remarkable celebration of the city region’s thriving tourism sector.
“Each of the 18 categories were highly contested showcasing the incredible strength in depth that this region has to offer. Congratulations to all our winners as well as our shortlisted businesses and individuals.”
PICTURE: The Art School’s Paul Askew with Estate Director at Liverpool ONE, Chris Bliss, and hosts Jay Hynd and Claire Simmo
The full list of winners is:
Hotel of the Year sponsored by ComCab Liverpool
Ramada Plaza Southport
Guest Accommodation of the Year sponsored by Eventful Events UK
Mere Brook House
Serviced Apartment of the Year sponsored by Liverpool City Region LEP
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year sponsored by Dutch Flower Shop
Liverpool Watersports Centre
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year sponsored by Wirral Chamber
Taste Liverpool sponsored by NatWest
Small Tourism Event of the Year
The Alice Experience 2016
Large Tourism Event of the Year sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Tourism Experience of the Year sponsored by Wild Thang
The Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tours
Bar of the Year sponsored by Marketing Liverpool
The Club House
Excellence in Business Tourism sponsored by ACC
National Museums Liverpool
Entertainment Venue of the Year
Liverpool Empire Theatre
Independent Tourism Business of the Year
Mere Brook House
Best Newcomer to the Visitor Economy sponsored by Influential
People’s Choice sponsored by British Music Experience and Liverpool City Council
The Beatles Story
Tourism Star of the Year sponsored by Liverpool BID
Winner – Beatles Childhood Homes – Colin and Sylvia Hall
Highly Commended – Liverpool Cruise Terminal Cruise Ambassadors Team
Tourism Young Person of the Year
Winner – Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art – Jennifer Watts
One to Watch – Crowne Plaza John Lennon Airport Hotel – Michael Douglas
Outstanding Contribution to Tourism sponsored by Liverpool ONE
Paul Askew – The Art School Restaurant