Our very own Brigid Kennedy, Director of Simmer on the Bay was recently awarded Business Leader of the Year at the Sydney City Business Awards.
A well deserved win, Brigid is not only the Director of Simmer on the Bay, and Simmer Catering but also The Loch in the Southern Highlands, an expert chef, and successful author.
The competition was fierce as Brigid was up against five other finalists for this hotly contested category. Not only do you have to be successful in business to win, you need to display the ability to lead in your own business, industry and the wider business community. Luckily Brigid ticked all the boxes with ease!
For those who may not know Brigid trained at the well-known Cordon Bleu Institute in London, and La Varenne, Paris. She owned and ran a catering business in London, then became a personal chef to the rich and famous as they cruised the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
Simmer on the Bay was created by Brigid in 2005 and ten years later Simmer works with over 60 couples per year for weddings and over 120 corporate events per year.
Along with being a passionate arts and business advocate for Walsh Bay and a renowned “Paddock to Plate” chef, she volunteers to three committees and chambers – heading up local chamber of commerce, Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce as chair and was invited to join the executive of Moss Vale Chamber where her Southern highlands property The Loch resides. (SMH Travel Editor, Anthony Dennis, named the Loch Bed and Breakfast of the year for 2014.)
Brigid is currently working with NSW inland tourism to create nine food and wine clusters in the Southern Highlands, showcasing over 100 producers and the best agritourism has to offer Sydney siders. Highlighting sustainable food links to Sydney within the 100 km radius.
She has also written two books, Small Food and All Fired Up, and is working on a third. Slave to Flavour. Internationally she has taught regularly at a number of cooking schools, and is widely respected as an inspired creator of memorable events.
With an amazing array of achievements to her name it’s not difficult to see why Brigid took out the title for 2015. She is now up for ‘Business Leader of the Year’ at the state awards held in November this year.