Power List 2017 articles

Ex-McDonald’s exec John Upton takes ‘Ronseal’ approach to unlocking sustainable growth

Ex-McDonald’s exec John Upton takes ‘Ronseal’ approach to unlocking sustainable growth

Industry veteran John Upton says it is vital for operators to be able to build a brand with sustainable growth potential – and that means being candid about the strengths and weaknesses associated with their business.   Upton, now the chairman of food-to-go brands Mother Clucker and The Naked Deli, said how experience working as managing


Welcome to the 2017 FEJ Power List — our annual celebration of the movers and shakers in the UK foodservice industry. This year’s list, which is supported by category partners Viessmann, Samsung and Vito, pinpoints 40 individuals from the operator side of the market who have made their mark this year. From the chief executives and

Editor’s welcome: Picking the 2017 Power List

Conditions in the UK market have been challenging this year to say the least, with restaurant bosses bemoaning the impact of rising business rates, higher rents and soaring operational costs. Those that are achieving these things tend to be the ones that have a firm handle on their back-of-house operations, understanding that getting the kitchen

FEJ POWER LIST 2017: Kitchen Innovators

The ‘Kitchen Innovators’ category, sponsored by Vito, recognises the individuals for whom the kitchen is their life. From the development chef to the group executive chef, these culinary masters are integral to food strategy, menu development, kitchen design and catering equipment specification. You might not find them in a suit and tie, but their work

FEJ POWER LIST 2017: Chain Champions

The ‘Chain Champions’ category, sponsored by Samsung, highlights the key management and operational chiefs leading some of the most exciting and forward-thinking foodservice chains in the market today. All are responsible for growing the footprint of their brands, but they also realise that standing out in the market place requires the courage to evolve, adapt

FEJ POWER LIST 2017: Business Leaders

The ‘Business Leaders’ category, sponsored by Viessmann, pays tribute to the figureheads piloting some of the most prominent brands in the UK foodservice sector. The decisions they make, the investments they sanction and the projects they green-light all start off a chain of events that leads to the way thousands of restaurants — and kitchens

POWER LIST 2017, MARKET MOVERS: John King, Executive Chef, Pentahotels

Pentahotels made a bit of history this year by appointing John King as its first ever executive chef, and there is no doubt the move will bring greater focus and clarity to its kitchens as he sets about creating a globally adaptable dining concept that fits the brand’s philosophy. The company currently operates 27 hotels

POWER LIST 2017, MARKET MOVERS: Colin McClean, Co-owner, Bob & Berts

While some of the market’s big guns have put the shackles on expansion for the time being, high-flying Northern Irish coffee shop chain Bob & Berts is doing exactly the opposite. The company is already up to 16 stores, but is poised to triple that number after securing a £2m private equity investment from BGF. 

POWER LIST 2017, MARKET MOVERS: Paul Kitchener, Regional Head Chef, Macdonald Hotels

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has grown from humble beginnings in Aberdeenshire to become the UK’s largest privately-owned hotel group, spanning 55 properties. Naturally a strong F&B offering is core to its strategy, which means having kitchens and personnel that can meet and exceed the high standards that guests have come to expect.  Paul Kitchener has