QSAI AWARDS 2016 top onboard caterers. It is a celebration of their commitment to protecting the health and satisfaction of passengers and crew.” In addition to providing well-deserved recognition for caterers’ top marks in food safety and quality audits, and for being leaders in delivering safe, high quality onboard food, the QSAI Excellence Awards also provide catering leaders, airlines and rail operators with opportunities to network, make lasting connections and promote their exemplary performance. Upholding a global focus, the awards are divided into three geographic regions: Americas, Asia and Europe/Middle East/Africa. A total of nine awards (gold, silver and bronze for each region) along with the coveted Platinum Award for Worldwide Excellence — presented to one outstanding onboard caterer — were handed out by MQ and QSAI Alliance Members at this year’s Excellence Awards Ceremony held at the Petreza Estate in Athens, Greece on February 22nd.
Before the ceremony, attendees were given the opportunity to explore historic Athens by visiting an array of city hot spots, including: Melina Cafe, a cafe named after Melina Mercouri, a well-loved Greek politician and 1940s movie star; Psaras Taverna, a restaurant located in Plaka, Athens oldest neighborhood; Acropolis Museum, one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments; and Monastiraki Market, a exciting and buzzing flea market. The gold-winning onboard catering facilities for 2016 are: Goddard Catering Group — El Dorado International Airport (BOG), Bogota for the Americas; Royal Inflight Catering Co., Ltd. — Kansai International Airport (KIX), Osaka for Asia; and Servair — Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS), Lagos for Europe/Middle East/Africa. In addition to receiving the QSAI gold award for Europe/Middle East/Africa, Servair (LOS) accepted the coveted QSAI Platinum Award for Worldwide Excellence, demonstrating an impressive leap from the
2016 QSAI Awards Ceremony Attendees (QSAI Award Winners, QSAI Alliance Members & Medina Quality)
Sylvain Bugeya, Operations Manager, Client Relationship Management for Medina Quality
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past two years, which saw them take home the bronze award in the same category in 2014 and 2015. Looking forward to next year’s awards — and ceremony — it will likely be the same as it is every year — a tough race to the finish line, with caterers vying for the top honors, including the highest, the Platinum Worldwide Award. Although the specifics for next year’s event have not yet been decided or revealed, based on this year and years prior, it is expected to be much the same — just as exciting, with an equal amount of anticipation and a new group of esteemed winners.
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David Medina, CEO Medina Quality
Overjoyed Servair Nigeria - LOS wins EMEA Gold & Worldwide Platinum Awards making LSG Sky Chefs - MUC the silver winner for EMEA. Pictured left to right: Rainer Geng, LSG Sky Chefs – MUC; Oliver Barthelmeh, LSG Sky Chefs; Peter Stauch, LSG Sky Chefs – MUC; Gerard Bourg, Servair Nigeria – LOS; Leye Akingbe, Servair Nigeria – LOS; Adetunji Joseph Ogunremi, Servair Nigeria – LOS; Gaël Lokossou, Servair Nigeria; Lionel Murray, Air Canada