Paul Aron & Michael Forde 2018 Winner

An outstanding hospitality operator is a restaurant owner with vision, business sense and a good reputation within the industry.

He or she is above all an entrepreneur, willing to back themselves and invest in the restaurant sector with new and leading venues and fresh ideas. The hospitality operator of the year is an inspiration to others – the kind of leader that propels not just his own businesses forward but the aspirations of his or her fellow operators who are looking on and perhaps thinking, “If only I could do what those guys have done.”

And we have looked on this year as Paul Aron and Michael Forde have grown their Mary Street Bakery business into a significant group of highly successful venues and given us Tiny’s at QV1, one of the best openings in 2018.

They are inspirational and clever, understated and humble and clearly great hospitality operators.

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