CH&CO has extended its successful Gathered Table initiative across the whole of the group to help shape its distinctive approach to food in each of its specialist markets.
The Gathered Table brings together the brightest experts in hospitality to inspire, develop and work in collaboration with CH&CO’s chefs. Together they explore what’s hot in food, drink, technology, nutrition, sustainability, and creative design, and help ensure ideas and menus remain fresh and relevant and continually inspire CH&CO’s clients, customers and teams.
For 2021/22, the Gathered Table features Dr Rupy Aujla of The Doctors Kitchen, Ottolenghi development chef and author Ixta Belfrage, Kricket founder Will Bowlby, Michelin-starred Ollie Dabbous, Louisa Dodd of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, esteemed pastry chef Ravneet Gill, restaurateur and chef Robin Gill, Galway’s JP McMahon, technology expert and It’s Lolly CEO Peter Moore, and the ‘Godfather of Spanish cooking in the UK’ José Pizarro.
First in the wider business to seize upon the opportunities on offer is Venues by CH&CO. Initially, José Pizarro will create bespoke menus for the company’s portfolio of iconic venues and headline an exclusive event, and thereafter customers will enjoy a series of exclusive Gathered Table events and appearances from other experts from the collaboration.
The first event with José Pizzaro takes place on 7th October 2021 at Prince Philip House. ‘Tapas for Everyone’ will introduce new menu concepts and includes a live demo and talk from José himself and an interactive Jamón carving. There will also be wine pairings, networking and more.
Allister Richards, COO, CH&CO, said: “We want the food we create and the way it’s presented to stand out and create excitement and conversations for all the right reasons, whether that’s in a workplace, school, tourist attraction, venue or at an event. It makes absolute sense to give every part of our diverse business the opportunity to work with the brilliant talent and minds of the Gathered Table.
“At a time when our industry faces a real shortage of skilled chefs and front-of-house professionals, the benefits of accessing bespoke training, unrivalled development opportunities and, of course, real personal engagement with the Gathered Tables experts themselves is a key part of attracting and retaining talent across our business.