An impressive selection of names has been put forward so far for The Mayfair & St James’s Community Awards.

Winners will be invited to a glamorous ball at Grosvenor House  in January 2020.

 

 

Meet some of the nominees we’ve received so far.

Allbright, Mayfair

Nominees for Commercial Newcomer include Debbie Wosskow OBE and Anna Jones, co-founders of the AllBright Mayfair.

This private members’ club for women launched earlier this year on Maddox Street.

It is a hub for high-flying female entrepreneurs, executives and thought-leaders.

Members are “smart, ambitious trailblazers” from a multitude of industries and include some of the UK’s most inspiring and successful women.

Asked why they chose Mayfair as a location, Debbie and Anna said: “As the epicentre of London’s club and dining scene, as well as a thriving hub for business, Mayfair was the obvious choice for our second club.

“Housed in an elegant five-storey townhouse with interiors inspired by nearby Savile Row, it’s the perfect spot for our community of women to work and let their hair down.”

 

Kanishka

Atul Kochhar is a celebrated chef, TV personality and cookbook author.

He has been nominated in the Commercial Newcomer category.

He hit the London spotlight after winning a Michelin star at Tamarind in 2001.

Soon after, he launched his acclaimed restaurant Benares in 2002.

Then, in March this year, he opened new restaurant Kanishka, in Maddox Street, with Tina English.

Atul said his new restaurant is a “great opportunity to continue to showcase Indian flavours alongside quality British produce”.

He added that it was also a chance “to introduce London’s diners to the unique flavours of territories previously unexplored by Indian cuisine in the UK.”

Richard Orlinski Gallery

French pop artist Richard Orlinski is also nominated in the Commercial Newcomer category.

Orlinski recently opened a gallery dedicated to his lively, contemporary works on New Bond Street.

It came hot on the heels of his first space in Paris.

He said the concept is “intended to be used in all the major art capitals”.

He added that “setting up and opening a gallery in London was therefore a matter of course”.

Orlinski said: “I’m sure we’ll be able to do great things here and I’m looking forward to it.”

Michael de Cozar

Michael de Cozar is head hall porter at The Ritz.

He has been based at the five-star hotel for 45 years and has been nominated for the Long Service award.

Thought to be the longest serving concierge in London, he is loved by guests and staff for his commitment, hard work, endless charm and quick wit.

Dedicated to going the extra mile, in the past he has fetched fresh sea water from Brighton for a guest’s evening bath.

He even arranged the buying of a battleship for another guest who wanted a souvenir of distinction.

Michael is known for his winning smile, exceptional manners and incredible memory – he never forgets a name.

He prides himself on always being immaculately presented, with every button of his uniform polished to perfection.

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas trained with Mayfair-based Kenneth Turner from 1981 and opened his own florist in Shepherd Market in 1989.

He was based there for 25 years and is nominated for the Long Service award. His clients include members of the Royal family and he is in-house florist at The Ritz.

Paul is now located in Battersea but his signature bouquets are available to buy from the Paul Thomas Pavilion on South Audley Street, which he is planning to turn into a more permanent space.

It will mark a return to Mayfair 30 years after he opened his first shop here.

Local resident Diana Dennis, who nominated Thomas, said: “Paul is a wonderful person. He did the flowers for my husband’s funeral, he did the flowers for my 80th birthday at The Savoy.

“He’s absolutely top and he works very, very hard to keep that position.”

Alan Trundley

Trundley joined Grosvenor House in 1969 aged 18 and has worked there ever since.

He is nominated for the Long Service award.

The shift engineer, who is known for his work ethic, expert knowledge and good humour, is the hotel’s longest serving staff member.

After his recovery from lymphoma cancer in 2016, inspirational Alan returned to work as vigorous as ever.

He has used his experience to help other cancer patients through difficult times.

Trundley has taken care of hotel guests including Muhammad Ali, Dustin Hoffman and Sean Connery.

He even played golf with Dame Vera Lynn in her suite. He regularly participates in the hotel’s community activities, including a recent litter pick-up in Mayfair.