Three in a row for hospitality educator

Gordon McIntyre, Associate Dean for Hospitality & Tourism at City of Glasgow College’s, has reached the finals of the 2020 Catey Awards.

For the third year in a row the talented educator has been shortlisted for the Education and Training Award.

For the third year in a row City of Glasgow College is the only Scottish college to reach the finals of what is considered to be hospitality and catering’s most prestigious awards.

Leading the largest provision of hospitality, events and tourism programmes in Scotland, Gordon said:

“Being shortlisted for a Catey is absolutely incredible, I know I have been a finalist before, however, to reach this stage again is brilliant. To be recognised at national level, with such awesome talent in the country, is exciting, and to be one of the very few shortlisted from Scotland allows the UK to see that we are well and truly on the map.”

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“Being shortlisted not once but three times for such a significant award speaks volumes for Gordon’s enduring hard work, enthusiasm and commitment. Throughout an exemplary career, he has passed on his considerable knowledge and expertise to several generations of students – and continues to do so. He embodies the spirit of the hospitality industry and is a genuine and notable ambassador for the sector.”

A founder member and Vice Chair of city-wide tourism service initiative, Experience Glasgow, and founder of mental health charity, Hospitality Health, Gordon has achieved a raft of accolades.

He scooped the CIS Excellence Hospitality Educator of the Year award in 2016, and in 2018 took HIT Scotland Industry award for his commitment to the sector, the first time ever the award was presented to an educator.

In 2019 alone he won the People Awards’ Hospitality Ambassador of the Year for his work in encouraging employers to support their employees’ wellbeing, and for his tireless promotion of the industry as a great place to work. He earned a commendation in the Education category at Glasgow’s Inspiring City Awards, and was awarded a Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to the Scottish hotel, hospitality and tourism industry at the Scottish Hotel Awards.

The Catey Awards showcase innovative brands and trail-blazing individuals and groups from across hotels, restaurants, foodservice, and pubs and bars. Winning a Catey is highly significant because recipients are nominated, selected and rewarded by their peers.

Hundreds of the industry's finest operators met for virtual judging sessions during lockdown. The winners will be revealed at an online ceremony on Tuesday 24 November. Further details on the categories and those shortlisted can be found at The Cateys’ website.