Roy Ackerman CBE 1942 - 2017

18 May 2017

Roy Ackerman, an inspirational figure and a 'force majeure' in the hospitality industry has died at the age of 75 following a stroke.

During a career of more than 50 years Ackerman dedicated his enormous talents to a variety of roles: restaurateur, hotelier, consultant, TV producer and patron of cinema and art.

He was appointed OBE in 1990 for his contribution to tourism and training and received a CBE in 2000 for services to gastronomy. In 2010 he received the Catey’s Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the hospitality industry.

Peter Ducker FIH, chief executive, Institute of Hospitality, remembers working for Roy in the 1970s.

"Early in his career Roy was with George Silver, an event caterer that ran services at Cheltenham Race Course and Silverstone. Roy recruited students from Oxford Polytechnic to wait tables and run bars.  So I can say that my first ever decent pay packet was in 1972 thanks to Roy!

"He went on to many great achievements, and over the years I followed his career in the media. When I became chief executive of the Institute in 2013, it was a delight to meet Roy again."

Rosanna Frost of the Royal Academcy of Culinary Arts, adds: "Roy was one of the most powerful supporters and generous benefactors of the Academy since the Eighties.  He was an Honorary Member, formerly President of the Associate Members, Chairman of the Board of Governors and inspiration behind the RACA’s Friends."

"The industry has lost a force majeure.  His loss has opened a gaping chasm and he will be hugely missed but never forgotten.  Our thoughts go to his wife, Sally, and his family."

For a full account of Roy Ackerman's life and achievements, click here