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Latest News - CB Food Solutions

No1 Bruton and Merlin Labron Johnson

Aled Rees needed a bit of help with finding a catering partner to run his restaurant at his new hotel, No 1 Bruton. Our mutual friend, David Moore of Pied a Terre put us in contact and we met to discuss a few options. We the got into discussion with Merlin Labron Johnson, and the other potential operators fell into insignificance. Merlin was a clear first choice and the task for us was to find a mutually agreeable operating model.
It took a few meetings and great help from Graham Davies at Addition, but with little ado we got the deal done, and the venture launches in early November.
No1 Bruton
Osip restaurant

Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau 2020

I am already looking forward to March in Mauritius and the 15th edition of FCBL.
This year, I am very excited to be bringing esteemed food writer Joe Warwick, who joins the jury for the first time.
Also, from the world of wine we have Jane Parkinson, who will be judging the Deutz Trophy.
Much more to come, it will be an exceptional celebratory year where we invite past winners of the culinary competition to return.

Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau
Joe Warwick
Jane Parkinson

Exciting Sri Lankan restaurant Kolamba launches in Soho

I am very proud of my own Sri Lankan heritage, my father being born and raised a Sri Lankan citizen. At last, we now have a concept in London which truly reflects the magnificence of Sri Lankan food and culture. We have been helping the owners launch with some advice and guidance, they are off to a great start and we look forward to Kolamba going from strength to strength.

Kolamba Kingly Street Soho

Garsington Opera and Ollie Dabbous

After a hugely successful partnership between our caterers, Absolute Taste and Michael North, we are excited to announce another chef in residence for the 2020 season – Ollie Dabbous.
Ollie has worked alongside Tim Bennett and the Absolute Taste culinary team to create a new menu for the season; it is very different, hugely exciting, adventurous – just like the Opera Company itself.
This will be a very exciting season and once again, we are proud to be part of the greatest hospitality event of the season.
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Bid Writing for a major national contract with Sodexo

Being an expert in all elements of catering and hospitality puts us in a great position to create innovative and well structured tenders. Chris has had many years experience as a nationally acclaimed and much published writer and combines these skills with his food and drink and commercial acumen to deliver seamless results. Working alongside Sodexo with their creative team of Oliver and Siobhan Peyton, we have just completed a bid for one of the most important and iconic events of the season.

Harcourt Inns go from strength to strength

Chris has been helping Harcourt Inns during their set up and expansion, making the key introduction of Henry Harris as Chef Director. On the face of it, this may not have been an obvious choice; how would a restaurant chef adapt to pubs?

Having known Henry for many years, and knowing his food very well, the transition of his style of food into a more casual arena wasn’t really much of a leap at all, and he has proven to be an excellent addition to the team. Not only is he loved and followed by foodies and chance diners, with a very approachable and classic style of cooking, he also much loved by the media.

Given that the owners were new to hospitality, Chris felt an experienced hand in the kitchen was needed, and Henry Harris was the perfect fit to help in the kitchen, and way beyond. Already launched are The Coach, The Three Cranes, The Hero of Maida and The Crown, there will be more to come.

Finding the right partnerships, culturally and commercially, is a skill that Chris and CBFS demonstrate in every relationship, this being a prime example.

Platform – Exciting new social gaming centre opens

Platform is a new experiential dining concept which encouragers gamers and e sports fans to play in a social environment, with great food and drink. Chris met with the owners when the concept was being created, and guided them to launch. A key decision was to outsource the food element to an experience pizza operator, allowing the team to focus on their core strengths. Platform is a brilliant idea that will become a fantastic business, the owners are smart, young and driven, and I can see this concept rolling out into multiple global sites.

Chelsea Court Place, making a difference

Chelsea Court Place is an innovative and luxury care home for dementia sufferers. It uses the ethos of a luxury hotel to provide a level of service that its target audience will have enjoyed during better health. It is a hugely impressive venture created with the vision and backing of Laurence Geller. We are working with Laurence and his team to see how we can make the hospitality side of the business world class, and to create a template for future homes which are planned in London and beyond. This is a very important project and we are honoured to be part of it.

Chris appointed owner’s representative Down Hall Hotel

After creating a masterplan for the development of Down Hall, Chris has been appointed on a retained basis to drive the business forward in the coming months and years. On behalf of the owner, Chris will take responsibility for the exciting refurbishment plan, and will be implementing enhanced food, beverage and leisure services in the near future. There is already in place a high quality senior management team, and alongside Chris they will steer Down Hall to even greater heights.

The Mill at Sonning named UK’s most welcoming theatre…again

We are so proud to see that The Mill at Sonning has for the 3rd year running been named by the UK Theatre Awards as the most welcoming theatre. The good news is that The Mill will get even better, we have a new chef and F&B vision taking shape, and our dining room continues to evolve into a piece of art in its own right, with enormous vision from our interior design partners, Meraki. The brand, website and marketing has been transformed and brought to life by the brilliance of Mike Glasspell and his team at Oink.

The Waterwheel Bar is now open for lunch, and The Mill is a destination for theatre and leisure visitors with a world class offer.