Restaurateur John Molnar – from the Cod’s Scallops in Bramcote, Long Eaton and Carrington along with Nelson in Burton Joyce – has been recognised for his support and great work in the local community, including fundraising and supporting local groups.
His achievements include raising an amazing £60,000 over the last three for Maggie’s, who are based at the City Hospital and offer professional support to people with cancer and their loved ones.
John was presented with the Special Recognition Award at the annual Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards – a celebration of the food and drink industry that the city and the county has to offer.
The 2019 winners and nominees in 15 categories were announced at a spectacular awards ceremony held at Colwick Hall Hotel, attended by 300 people from across the restaurant and bar industry.
John personally undertakes challenges to raise money and has run the Great North Run twice for Maggie’s, as well as the Robin Hood Marathon.
John is also in the top 5% of personal fundraisers on Just Giving for his annual Robin Hood Half Marathon efforts for Maggie’s.
In addition, some of his venues host festive events for both less fortunate families, as well as with Age UK by providing a free chippy lunch.
Through Tasty Tuesdays he has donated food to a homeless shelter in the city.
The Cods Scallops is also in the process of launching Food Waste UK where any food left overnight is advertised on an app and collected by less fortunate people.
The Cods Scallops also raises money for the other charities such as Fishermen’s Mission – the only fishermen’s charity that provides emergency support alongside practical, financial, spiritual and emotional care.
John said: “It’s really important that we do our bit. We regularly support local causes, through charitable donations and hold charity quizzes every month each for a different local cause.
“Since we took over the Nelson last June, we have raised £2500 and our ambition is to raise at least £10,000.
“I’ve always tried to help people less fortunate from employing ex-young offenders and drug addicts to donating hot meals for the homeless.
“After working with Maggie’s Cancer with collection boxes, I came up with the idea of adding £1 to everyone’s bill.
“As well as charity work our businesses are passionate about helping the environment with a bid to use less plastic and only using sustainable produce whenever possible.
Nottingham-born John has been in the trade over 30 years, starting when he used to skip school to help his dad in the kitchen at his restaurant in Derby.
After catering college, he started a Youth Training Scheme at a four-star hotel in Nottingham and has travelled everywhere from Scotland to Newcastle and even Bermuda.
Kathryn Greenwood, joint-managing director of award sponsors Eden PR who presented the accolade, added: “John is a worthy winner.
“We had a huge number of entries for this category and there are some amazing venues across Notts who do great work in the local community.
“John stood out because he gets so involved personally and is a real inspiration.”