When Tottenham Hotspur encountered hold-ups moving into its £850m stadium last year, you would have been unlikely to hear too many complaints from its catering operation.
Although caterers Levy Restaurants were all geared up and ready to go, the delays gave the senior chef team the luxury of spending more time on tastings, fine-tuning menus and preparing for the opening.
And that’s never a bad thing when you’re dealing with 45 separate kitchens and millions of pounds’ worth of catering equipment – which is the case for executive head chef Mark Reynolds.
When Spurs are playing at home, he oversees an operation that flexes dramatically.
“We’ll go from a team of about 23 up to 230 chefs on match days so it is a big jump,” he reveals. “Numbers-wise, we do about 8,500 hospitality covers, and there are about 54,000 transactions done through retail, so it’s a busy operation. When we first opened we were forecasting to do about £500,000 on a match day, we turn over £1m now on most match days, so food and beverage has really gone through the roof.”
The 62,000-seater venue is the first stadium to have its own on-site bakery and brewery and features its own coffee roasting and pie-making facilities.
Company: Levy Restaurants
Address: Rivermead, Oxford Road, Uxbridge, UB9 4BF
Tel: 01895 554653
Focus: Contract catering