The Horaca industry rewarded the best.
Yesterday, Wednesday, restaurant and kitchen professionals were celebrated at Kaapelitehta in Helsinki. The annual Pro recognition awards in the horeca industry were handed out there.
The Pro-gala highlights the best factors in professional kitchens and restaurants. A total of 48 experts in 16 different categories were nominated for the awards.
The double award was won by Päijät-Hämeen Aterialavevanten Jukka Turta. He was awarded both the Pro professional kitchen product developer award and the press award.
Turta is a school food developer who does his work strongly from the perspective of children and young people. He is also active in association activities and leads the activities of the Finnish national chef team.
– Our task is to create Finnish food culture, no one else does that. In many homes, food is no longer part of everyday life. School food creates valuable memories, and I share this award in my work community and with colleagues who work with school food, Turta stated in his acceptance speech.
According to him, the most important thing in food and food development is that it is a matter of the heart for the product development team.
– It is emphasized even more today, because there have been difficult times and we have come to the edge of basic values. One thing that is at the core there is food. Let us professionals be proud of it and let’s take it forward, Turta continued his speech.
The newly launched Pro newcomer series was won by an industry changer. Changed from a nurse to a barista by studying on his own Anna Siitari together with his father manages the Mikkeli family business Kirjalan Kahvipaahtimo.
The jury gave an honorable mention to another newcomer, the restaurant manager of Friends & Burgers Iida Paloniemi To Oulu. He was described as a future role model and a millennial who knows how to work and take responsibility.
The Pro professional kitchen manager award also went to Oulu. Got it Minna Gehör, who is responsible for Juvenes campus restaurants. The Pro professional kitchen worker award went to someone who works on the campus of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences Hilkka Anttila. Pro professional kitchen chef Teppo Vahtera on the other hand, tours Arkea’s kitchens in Turku.
A pro teacher was found in Keuda, Mäntsälä, where Jyri Bemerståhl teaches future chefs, workers that the industry desperately needs.
The strict vote in the PRO restaurant kitchen manager/master series was won Kim Mustonenwho works for Pure from Nice & V as chef. Mustose had a record-breaking support group of top domestic chefs behind him, and the jury was convinced by his CV and his style that emphasizes development and learning.
Professionals working in Helsinki collected a record jackpot of prizes.
An employee of the Pro cafe is an employee of Itiksen Espresso House Eve Kormilainen. Pro butler/sommelier series winner Andrey Sorokin, Karelian wine manager. Pro restaurant’s chef is Nokan A fan of Polo.
The customer service of the Pro restaurant is a Clarion Hotel Helsinki waiter Mustafa Alpaslan, who has a long career in the restaurant industry behind him. Claimed the pro bartender title Mikko Rauma G from Livelab. Pro restaurant manager is Noora Luojuswho owns the restaurant of the National Opera in his jumps.
Kalamuru developed by Lagerblad Foods received the pro innovation award. The pro responsibility award was won by the restaurant Nolla.
The winner of the Pro entrepreneur series is a super influencer of Helsinki’s food culture Kim Heiniö.
Pro Finalists and Winners 2023
Professional kitchen chef
Mari Peippo, Ruokakello, Unica, Turku
Sonja Veija, Sahara, Leijona Catering, Helsinki
WINNER: Teppo Vahtera, Arkea, Turku
Head of professional kitchen
Sanna Nummela, ISS, Pirkkala
Sauli Sillanmäki, Pajulahti sports center, Kanresta, Nastola
WINNER: Minna Gehör, Juvenes, Oulu
Professional kitchen product developer
Leena Hjort, Kaarea, Turku
Aki Scheiman, Palmia, Helsinki
WINNER: Jukka Turta, Päijät-Hämeen Ateriapalvelu, Lahti
Professional kitchen employee
Miia Kainua-Baggström, KV2, Antell, Vantaa
Nella Taipola, Båx, Kanresta, Helsinki
WINNER: Hilkka Anttila, SEAMK campus building, Sodexo, Seinäjoki
The restaurant’s kitchen manager or chef
Mika Jokela, Finlandia Hall, Helsinki
Kevin Manu, Boon Nam, Helsinki
WINNER: Kim Mustonen, Pure & V, Nice
Joona Holm, Gustav, Rovaniemi
Tarmo Savolainen, Pöllöwaari, Jyväskylä
WINNER: Fanni Polón, Nokka, Helsinki
Hilkka Lahtinen-Ojala, Scandic Helsinki Aviapolis, Vantaa
Iida Paloniemi, Friends & Burgers, NoHo, Oulu
WINNER: Noora Luojus, National Opera, Restel, Helsinki
Liisa Lindroos, Bar Bardem, Helsinki
Jaako Louhi, Krapi, Tuusula
WINNER: Mikko Rauman, G Livelab, Helsinki
Butler or sommelier
Tuomo Poukkanen, Finnish Club of Helsinki, Helsinki
Kristina Rosenberg, Eckerö Line
WINNER: Andrey Sorokin, Carelia, Helsinki
Anita Peksiev, Paulig’s corner, Juvenes and Barona, Helsinki
Kishor Shahi, Nordea Vallila, ISS, Helsinki
WINNER: Eve Kormilainen, Espresso House, Helsinki
Restaurant customer service
Mikko Kummala, Vinho, Turku
Jonna Suojasalmi, Janoinen Lohi, Helsinki
WINNER: Mustafa Alpaslan, Clarion, Helsinki
Maila and Erkki Sinervaara, Tallbo restaurants, Rauma
Laura and Pekka Yli-Houhala, Siipiweikot, Tampere
WINNER: Kim Heiniö, Soupster, Helsinki
Come on, Antell
Prego Booking, Muru Group
WINNER: Kalamuru, Lagerblad Foods
The Barö, Inkoo
Mission Positive Handprint, Laurea (Uusimaa), Jamk (Central Finland), Savonia (Northern Savo)
WINNER: Restaurant Nolla, Helsinki
Santeri Menna, Konstan Möljä, Helsinki
Rasmus Roiko, Metro Areena, Restel, Espoo
WINNER: Anna Siitari, Kirjalan Kahvipaahtimo, Mikkeli
Tomi Hiltunen, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä
Pekka Soive, Haaga-Helia, Helsinki
WINNER: Jyri Bemerståhl, Keuda, Mäntsälä
On January 18, 2023, Aromi magazine awarded the best professional kitchen and restaurant professionals for the 21st time at the PRO gala. The recognition awards celebrate the expertise of the field and improve the appreciation of the entire field.