The Operator of the Year for Best New Kitchen Concept is Yard & Coop.
This award, sponsored by Falcon Foodservice Equipment, acknowledges the operators that have rolled out new ventures, foodservice concepts or kitchen initiatives.
The UK foodservice market is one of the most vibrant in the world, with new operators, cuisines and business models springing up all the time.
Given the costs and challenges involved with rolling out a new venture, anybody that has successfully managed this process deserves to be applauded.
Yard & Coop has won rave reviews after entering the fast casual dining market with a premium concept built around a unique buttermilk fried chicken recipe and 48-hour farm to fork process called the ‘Chicken Run’, including a 24-hour brining and marination stage.
Its commitment to making fresh food on site has seen it invest in high-end equipment that can maintain quality, consistency and speedy production, especially during peak times.
Bulk cooking and efficient holding are key to the set-up, with Henny Penny equipment used to achieve optimal taste and texture.
It has just launched in Leeds, begun work on a new pop-up concept for university refectories and opened production sites in conjunction with Deliveroo.
Carl Morris, owner of Yard & Coop, (pictured receiving his award from Falcon’s managing director, Peter McAllister), said: “We are a people business and what we do is give customers the best chicken and why we do it is to give people the biggest smile.”
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