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Winterhalter names Kitchen Porter of the Year 2019

Winterhalter appoints Kitchen Porter of the Year
08/11/2019 05:11
Warewashing brand, Winterhalter has named Davie Fleetham as the Kitchen Porter of the Year 2019.

Fleetham, who has been a kitchen porter for BaxterStorey at RBS in Edinburgh for 17 years, said: “I can’t believe I’m the winner. I knew something was going on today but I had no idea I was going to be awarded KP of the Year.

“To be recognised like this is amazing. My wife and I are off...

MasterChef champion becomes ambassador for Coeliac UK

Former MasterChef champion becomes ambassador for Coeliac UK
08/11/2019 05:11
Coeliac UK has announced Jane Devonshire, champion of MasterChef 2016, as its new charity ambassador to lead the 2020 campaign to help thousands of children living with undiagnosed coeliac disease.

Devonshire’s youngest son was diagnosed with coeliac disease aged two. She said: “I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to be an ambassador for Coeliac UK because raising awareness of coeliac disease especially for children, is a cause close to my heart.

“I’ve seen first-hand the...

Bestway Foundation UK donates £100,000 to Save the Children

Bestway Foundation UK donates £100,000 to Save the Children
08/11/2019 05:11
Lord Zameer Choudrey, chief executive of Bestway Group, presented a cheque for £100,000 to charity Save the Children at Bestway Group’s Head Office in Park Royal.

The funds were raised at Bestway’s annual Ascot Charity Race Day held in the summer, where over 800 people attended. Over 20 charities have benefitted from this event since it launched in 1994.

Save the Children supports children in need of education, healthcare and economic opportunities...

Burger King chief executive to headline Arena Christmas Event

Burger king chief executive to headline Arena Christmas Event
08/11/2019 05:11
Alasdair Murdoch, chief executive of Burger King, will headline the Arena Christmas Event on 2 December at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.

Murdoch has a ‘wealth of experience’ in the industry, having previously worked for Pizza Hut, KFC, Pizza Express and GBK. He will discuss topics including brand turnaround, reputation management, supplier partnerships, sustainability and consumer engagement.  

Industry commentator Peter...

All-female Elior chef team serves dessert at Women of the Year Awards

All-female Elior chef team serves up success at Women of the Year Awards
07/11/2019 10:11
Elior UK, the contract catering company, which operates across schools, hospitals, the care sector and the MOD, supported Women of the Year for its 2019 awards lunch at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

An all-female chef team, led by Clare Clark, created a ‘unique’ dessert for 460 guests including Theresa May, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Catherine Roe chief executive of Elior UK and committee chair of Women of the Year.

The team of six chefs represented Elior...

Global services provider Sodexo reports 7.6% growth in revenue

Sodexo UK Ireland 2019 revenue growth
07/11/2019 09:11
Sodexo, the France-based international services contractor, has delivered sales of €21.95bn (£18.9bn) in its annual figures for 2019, a rise of 7.6% over 2018.

Sodexo UK and Ireland, which operates school, university, military and care sector catering contracts alongside many staff feeding operations, does not report separate trading figures.

However, Sean Haley, chairman of UK and Ireland, said: “We have had a strong year, with growth across...

Aramark wins five-year catering contract with Writtle University

07/11/2019 05:11
International catering and services company Aramark has been awarded a five-year catering contract with Writtle University, an institution with 125 years of history in land-based education.

Writtle University is located in the Essex countryside and provides higher education programmes.

The five-year contract will see Aramark relaunch the main restaurant as well as showcasing the latest food concepts. A new salad bar, soup station and plant market station will also be opened...

Tom Kerridge calls for chefs to talk about their mental health

Tom Kerridge calls for chefs to talk about their mental health
07/11/2019 05:11
High profile chefs need to share their mental health challenges to help others, according to chef Tom Kerridge.

Speaking at an Arena networking event at the Corinthia London, Kerridge urged chefs to discuss issues that have impacted their mental health throughout their career.

Workers in hospitality work long unsociable hours, with few resources to tackle mental health needs. According to research...

Happy Maki named winner of Brighton's Veg City Challenge

07/11/2019 05:11
Vegan sushi burrito producer Happy Maki was named the winners of the Veg City Challenge, which asked chefs from Brighton and Hove to create a recipe for a Grab ‘n’ Go meal that appealed to teenagers.

The judges unanimously chose Happy Maki as the winner for its 'Fully Loaded' teriyaki 'chickn' sushi burrito as it scored highest for taste and portability.

Anna MacDonald, founder and co-boss at Happy Maki, said: "Bringing healthy foods to kids is something I've been passionate about for...

University of Birmingham to reduce single-use plastics

University of Birmingham launches campaign to reduce single use plastic
07/11/2019 04:11
Students and staff at the University of Birmingham have launched a campaign to reduce the use of plastics on campus.

The University of Birmingham campus serves more than 30,000 students and has 8,000 staff.

The catering team are encouraging students and staff to use one of the 15,000 eco cups introduced into circulation. To mark the beginning of a new term 5,000 reusable water bottles, made from sugar...

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