The founder of the largest fast-food restaurant chain in Barbados and a noted legal luminary are heading the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Assad John Haloute, the man responsible for the Chefette brand, has been awarded a Knight Bachelor, while Elliott Deighton Mottley, QC, father of Prime Minister Mia Mottley, has been awarded the Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and St George (KCMG) for his services to the legal profession, diplomatic service and the community.
Haloute, who is being honoured for his services to the hospitality industry and his philanthropy, is the only recipient of that award in the 2019 honours list which includes five others.
Born in San Fernando, Trinidad, Haloute migrated to Barbados in 1971 and founded Chefette Restaurants one year later.
Since the opening of the first branch in Fontabelle, St Michael, the restaurant chain has expanded to 16 outlets across the island featuring 10 drive-thrus, eight playgrounds and two Barbecue Barn restaurants.
Chefette has won numerous awards, including being recognized in May 2012 as one of the top fast food chains by the New York-based Travel + Leisure magazine.
The 79-year-old Mottley was educated at Eagle Hall Primary School and Harrison College before going on to Middle Temple in England. He sat as a barrister in the House of Assembly and was the Consul-General to New York.
Mottley also served as Bermuda’s Attorney General, was the former president of the Belize Court of Appeal and is the founder of the law firm Elliott D. Mottley & Co.
The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) has been bestowed on Dr Frances Louise Chandler for her contribution to agriculture and sustainable development, while Cynthia Joan Williams has been awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to nursing and the community.
Reverend Hughson Carlos and John Wayne Anderson Watts are recipients of the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Carlos was honoured for his services to youth empowerment and the fight against HIV/AIDS, while Watts was recognized for his services to environmental health.