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28th March 2024

Stuart Barnett wins inaugural ‘Hospitality’s Got Talent’ event raising £30,000 for Wafflemeister Foundation

Written by: Edward Waddell
Stuart Barnett, group sales director at Dewberry Redpoint, was named winner of ‘Hospitality’s Got Talent’ at a charity event which raised more than £30,000 for the Wafflemeister Foundation.

He was announced as the night’s top performer for his rendition of ‘Don’t look back in Anger’ by Oasis at the sell-out event, which took place on Tuesday 26th March at Piano Works in London Farringdon.

Funds raised from the event will go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps fulfil the wishes of children with critical illnesses, and the Burnt Chef Project, which provides mental health support to the hospitality industry.

Barnett commented: “Mad for it. What a night, and just what the industry needed. It was an amazing event for two amazing causes and Wafflemeister did an incredible job by bringing the industry together.”

The performers were cheered on by 350 of their hospitality colleagues, who got to enjoy complimentary drinks and canapés as well as a whole evening of entertainment and live music. Other ‘Hospitality’s Got Talent’ contestants included:

  • A comedy sketch by Ell Powell from drinks brand Nix & Kix
  • Bidfood’s Liza Lucas and Michael Pollitt sang ‘This Is Me’ from The Greatest Showman
  • The ‘Crispy Grids Band’ from Perfect Storm PR Agency sang Lizzo’s About Damn Time
  • Danny Wright, founder of Collab Coffee, performed Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’

Rikos Leong-Son, chief executive at Wafflemeister, added: “We’re so proud and delighted to host the event. Rather than a big ‘corporate’ event, we wanted to celebrate the launch of our new foundation by bringing together our industry friends for a night of fun and great talent while raising money for two brilliant causes at the same time.

“Every day, our job is to make customers smile with great service and products. We also want to put a smile on the faces of those going through challenging times. Thanks so much to our sponsors, everyone who bought tickets, put themselves forward to perform, and gave their time, energy and money towards making it such a brilliant event.”

The Wafflemeister Foundation was set up earlier this year to support various charities through hospitality-based fundraising activities throughout the year. Bidfood was the headline sponsor of the event alongside Just Eat, Bacardi, Tilda, Adnams Brewery, Dr Oetker Professional, Hospitality Media and Dewberry Redpoint.