The winner of the Operator of the Year for Innovative Kitchen Design category is Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery (Mitchells & Butlers).
This accolade, sponsored by Ceda, recognises the significance of a well-designed kitchen to achieving a happy team of chefs, impeccable service and outstanding food, and aims to recognise multi-site operators that have invested in new kitchens and spent time identifying the right design and lay-out to ensure operational excellence.
It has been another strong 12 months for the Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery brand, which is only three years in the making but has already proved itself to be a valuable part of the Mitchells & Butlers estate.
Some 46 conversion projects took place last year, with the company bringing in the latest twin deck electric pizza ovens to front a set-up that sees dedicated pizza prep zones established independently of the carvery area.
Dough for its pizzas is made and prepped on-site at its 82 locations every day and complements a classic pub menu that includes burgers, salads, carveries and roasts.
James Kirkwood, food development manager for Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery brand (pictured receiving the trophy from Ceda chair Mark Kendall), said: “Winning this award is a great recognition of all our hard work. We’ve had a good year and refined our offering by listening to customer requests and demands.”
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