POWER LIST 2016, KITCHEN INNOVATORS: Nick Vadis, Culinary Director, Compass Group

One of the owners of Spanish restaurant "El Celler de Can Roca", patissier Jordi Roca(L) supervises the preparation of a dish at the kitchen of the Terrazas Bistro restaurant during a dinner of "The Cooking Tour Experience 2015" in Buenos Aires on August 6, 2015. "El Celler de Can Roca" is the best restaurant in the world according to the British magazine "Restaurant" and it has gotten three Michelin stars. During the tour the Roca brothers will visit also Miami, Houston, Birmingham and Istanbul.  AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA        (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

“No two days are the same. That creates a real buzz,” says Compass Group’s Nick Vadis, and when you consider the scale of the contract caterer’s business these days — £2 billion a year in the UK and counting — you can understand why.

Compass proudly boasts that behind its foodservice offer is the wealth of experience, knowledge and culinary skills of its executive chefs — and that rightly includes Nick, who has been with the company for more than a decade. Nick Vadis, culinary director, Compass Group

Nick started his career with the Royal Navy, training in culinary arts at both the Royal Naval Supply School and the Army School of Catering, before leaving to set up a purpose-built executive training centre with Cambridge University.

He then moved onto Compass where he won a string of awards, most notably for his role in the development of pre-flight dining at British Airways.

Today, Compass’ operations across the UK span more than 15,000 sites and millions of customers are served dishes provided by its culinary teams every day. Nick’s enthusiasm and passion for the industry — his involvement with the Craft Guild of Chefs has seen him become a voice for training and education —have certainly been an asset for one of the country’s most formidable catering firms.

Profile

Company: Compass Group
Address: Rivermead, Oxford Road, Uxbridge, UB9 4BF
Tel: 01895 554554
Twitter: @compassgroupuk
Website: www.compass-group.co.uk
Focus: Contract catering

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