Opus trio in the running for prestige award

Three talented hospitality professionals from city centre restaurant Opus have reached the finals of the prestigious Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Awards of Excellence.

The awards are designed to recognise the UK’s most talented young people within hospitality
The trio are front-of-house staff Dorenzo Pratt and Iona Adams and chef de partie Martin Baylis.
Opus RAOCA awards (L-R) Iona Adams Martin Baylis and Dorenzo Pratt pic 1
Irene Allan, director at Opus at Cornwall Street, said: “We’re very committed to developing our front-of-house and kitchen teams, so having three members reach the finals for the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Awards is a tremendous achievement.
“We’re incredibly proud of Dorenzo, Iona and Martin and are thrilled that their talents and sector knowledge has been recognised.
“Not only will the award be a huge achievement for our staff personally, but it will also be an achievement for Birmingham’s growing culinary scene.
“There are only two restaurants locally with staff in the shortlist, ourselves and our neighbours Purnell’s Restaurant, so we’d also like to wish Bradley Pace from there the best of luck, too.”
The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Awards of Excellence is an examination and not a competition.
All or none of those that reach the final can achieve the award depending on their ability to attain the standard of excellence set by the judges.
Dorenzo and Iona will take part in the service finals on Saturday March 19 at The Ritz in London.
Martin will take part in the kitchen finals on Wednesday March 30 at University College Birmingham.
For more information about Opus, go to www.opusrestaurant.co.uk