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Top Sodexo chef says its kitchens are not afraid to lead corporate food trends

Top Sodexo chef says its kitchens are not afraid to lead corporate food trends

The onus on commercial kitchen operators to meet demand for more vegetarian and vegan food, coupled with a desire to be more environmentally-friendly, is rapidly catching fire in the corporate events space too, a leading chef at one of the country’s top caterers has claimed. Ben Dutson, head chef for Sodexo’s major events business, oversees

Jamie Oliver and contract caterer Aramark sign exclusive 10-year culinary deal

Restaurant concepts operated by TV chef Jamie Oliver, such as Jamie Oliver’s Diner and Jamie’s Deli, could become a common sight in office catering environments following a landmark deal with Aramark. The Jamie Oliver Group and contract caterer have struck a 10-year agreement that will see them work together on an exclusive basis to enhance

BaxterStorey exec head chef Frank Coughlan raises £21k for industry charity

BaxterStorey’s executive head chef, Frank Coughlan, has raised an impressive £21,000 for The Springboard Charity, following a black tie event at Arora Hotel Gatwick in Crawley. The charity dinner was the culmination of several months of fundraising for Mr Coughlan (pictured second left), who initially set himself a target of £3,500. Mr Coughlan oversees the

BaxterStorey creates industry’s first in-house service academy

BaxterStorey has launched a new training initiative that it claims is a “first of its kind” for the catering industry. The contract caterer has created the Service Academy, which is designed to ensure hospitality staff across its business are equipped with the skills and confidence to provide a service to rival that of a five-star

Contract caterer hires BBC Masterchef star as development chef manager

Contract catering firm T (n) S Catering has appointed Wayne Sullivan – a former semi-finalist in BBC show Masterchef: The Professionals – as its development chef manager. The Leamington Spa-based firm says his skills will support the business’s ambition in closing the gap between food innovations on the high street by bringing similar provisions to

Mount Charles rakes in £37m worth of contracts and expands footprint of catering business

Mount Charles, a Northern Ireland-based catering and outsourcing company, has successfully bagged a raft of new accounts totalling £37m for the last year following its entry to the Republic of Ireland. The firm announced that it has won new contracts over its collective duration in the past 12 months, boosting this year’s turnover by 18%

‘Bullying’ Centerplate ordered to pay football club £1.3m in damages after breaking catering contract

Contract caterer Centerplate has been branded “unprofessional” and “bullying” by a judge following a legal dispute with Gillingham Football Club. Centerplate was told to pay the League One club damages of more than £1.35m after a judge ruled in its favour following a walkout in 2015. Judge Sir Alistair MacDuff was extremely critical of the

CH&Co Group locks in £58m of new and retained contracts in fruitful first half

Catering specialist CH&Co Group has secured more than £58m of new and retained business within the first six months of its financial year, it has revealed. The new sales across the UK, which represents £26.7m in full contract term value, come from over 20 new clients including Farnborough Business Park, Coleg Gwent, Arqiva, Pall Europe, St

Caterer defies falling oil and gas prices to build kitchens overseas

Scotland’s largest independent privately-owned catering company is preparing to grab a bigger slice of international markets after securing an additional £6.5m in investment. Westhill-based Entier plans to expand its overseas operations, building on its existing work at 38 remote locations in 23 countries. The business already has a presence in Australia, Canada, Singapore, Trinidad and

Contract caterer launches first retail site for in-house cafe brand

Eurest, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, has launched the first public-facing site of its Caffé Dallucci brand at Solent Business Park in Fareham. Focussing on providing fresh food, great coffee and good company, the brand will now provide its premium food and beverage offer to a public audience, having launched a series of other