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Compass celebrates 20th annual Chef of the Year competition

Compass celebrates 20th annual Chef of the Year competition
10/10/2019 05:10
Compass Group UK & Ireland, which operates catering contracts across schools, hospitals, care homes and military bases, celebrated its 20th annual Chef of the Year competition last week at The Restaurant Show.

Chefs from across the business competed across three categories- Apprentice, Junior and Senior Chef of the Year. The judging panel included celebrity chef Brian Turner, Simon Hulstone chef proprietor of The Elephant and Nathan Aldous lead pastry chef for Team England.

Nick Vadis, culinary...

Worthing Hospital’s catering service revamped after a £3.5m investment

10/10/2019 05:10
The patient catering department at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has quadrupled in size as part of a £3.5million improvement programme.

The team has grown from 50 to more than 200 members of staff with the introduction of new food service assistants (FSAs), who started work at Worthing Hospital over the summer. The FSAs now deliver food and drinks to patients in a new way, which sees meals plated on the ward instead of in the...

NHS boss condemns English cricket's sponsorship deal with KP Snacks

10/10/2019 05:10
The head of the NHS has criticised English cricket for letting KP Snacks sponsor a new tournament that is designed to encourage young people to play the game.

It was reported in The Guardian that Simon Stevens said the deal with the maker of Skips, Hula Hoops and Butterkist would ‘undermine’ the fight against childhood obesity.

“If you think about the extra demand [on the NHS] that is being created through the obesity epidemic, with poor diet...

Homeless charity Only A Pavement Away celebrates one year anniversary

09/10/2019 08:10
Charity, Only a Pavement Away (OAPA) is celebrating the fact that over 50 homeless people have found employment in the hospitality industry thanks to its work, saving the Government around £1.25 million.

OAPA was established to help those on the streets, or people who are 'sofa surfing’ find employment in the hospitality industry, by creating a conduit between employers and organisations which exist to support the homeless, as well as ex-offenders and vulnerable veterans.

It does this by...

Merrychef launches online resource containing 600 recipes

Merrychef launches online resource containing 600 recipes
09/10/2019 05:10
Merrychef, an oven brand from Welbilt has launched ‘Ready Recipes’, an online recipe resource, which provides hundreds of recipes at the click of a button.

The tailored online recipe resource contains over 600 recipes, with more to come from the Merrychef development team. These recipes can be downloaded via a USB allowing customers to develop their menus with ease.

Each recipe featured has been tested at the Merrychef culinary centre to...

Sodexo and WWF unite to encourage university students to choose sustainable food

Sodexo and WWF unite to encourage university students to choose sustainable food
09/10/2019 05:10
Global services company Sodexo has teamed up with conservation organisation WWF to encourage students at universities across the UK and Ireland to choose foods that are sustainable.

From 7-25 October ‘Finer Diner’ pop-up restaurants will visit five universities where Sodexo already provides food services. Students will be able to sample the 100% plant-based street food dishes, which will become apart of the university menus.

The universities include University...

Simon Jack reprises facilitator role at CESA Conference

Simon Jack reprises facilitator role at CESA Conference
09/10/2019 05:10
The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) has announced that business journalist Simon Jack will reprise his role as the conference facilitator this year.

CESA are the ‘voice’ of the foodservice equipment industry and represent over 200 companies. The 2019 CESA conference is being held on 13-14 November at the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel.

John Whitehouse, CESA chair, said: “[Jack] was a big hit with the 2018 Conference. His...

Henry Dimbleby calls for evidence for National Food Strategy

08/10/2019 10:10
Henry Dimbleby, who is leading the independent review into the National Food Strategy, is calling for evidence as a way to ‘gather inspiration to help us transform the food system’.

The purpose of the review is to address the environmental and health problems caused by England’s food system, to ensure the security of the food supply, and to ‘maximise the benefits of the coming revolution in agricultural technology’.

Dimbleby said:  “We are looking for ideas big and...

Opportunity to register for Public Sector Catering Expo

08/10/2019 10:10
The Public Sector Catering Expo is a free event dedicated to public sector caterers and chefs, taking place on 19-20 November 2019 at the Telford International Centre.

Within the public sector almost three billion meals are served each year to people in schools, hospitals, universities, prisons, care homes and the Armed Forces.

The aim of the event is to unite public sector chefs and caterers across the entire industry. There are predicted to be over 2,...

Jestic appoints former chef in key sales role

Jestic appoints former chef in key sales role
08/10/2019 08:10
Jestic Foodservice Equipment has appointed former chef Liam Nally as regional sales manager for London and the South East, filling the vacancy after Lee Cogger took up a new role as Jestic brand manager for the Venix combi-oven range.

Nally previously worked as a chef in his family’s country pub before joining Jestic as an internal sales advisor in January 2019.

He said: “I found a love of food working as a chef and knew I wanted to remain in the industry. When the chance came to work for a prestigious foodservice...

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