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Latest News - CB Food Solutions

Victors Oxford Launches

In a project led by our projects manager, Chantal Bourquin, CBFS have been proud to work alongside James Hitchen and his team to help launch the 2nd Victors restaurant. Our hugely talented development chef, Ben Floyd helped Chantal and James with the new menu, creating recipes, techniques and a rationale behind an updated and improved menu. Victors in Hale is a phenomenon, though in the heart of Cheshire countryside, the restaurant attracts the most discerning diners and drinkers from Manchester and Liverpool. Oxford is a different type of location, but the restaurant and bar has the same style and glamour as its northern sibling.

Chris promoted to Officier, Ordre de Coteaux de Champagne

At an incredible ceremony at le Ministere des Affaires etrangeres Chris was inducted as an Officier, Ordre de Coteaux de Champagne. The event was hosted by the French Foreign Minister, Jean Yves le Drian and attended by an elite group of industry, sport and media personalities.

Another great vintage: FCBL, Constance Hotels Mauritius

Once again, Chris attended the Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau as a guest of Constance Hotels. In advance, Chris had invited David Moore to join the prestigious jury, and for Mark Kempson of KitchenW8 to represent UK in the festival. Mark and his chef partner from The Seychelles performed admirably and came 3rd in the main culinary competition. The event was packed with luminaries from the food and drink world, and despite the competitive edge, many lifelong friendships were made. Amongst many highlights were a unique dinner created by our friend, Michael Caines, taking a rare break from Lympstone Manor to attend the festival. Also, Orjan Johannessen, Bocuse d’Or 2015 attended for a 3rd time, and like Michael, created a unique dinner along with Tommy Myllymaki, one of the best known chefs in Sweden. Its hard to imagine a more special or unique event in the culinary world, it has been an honour to be involved as a member of the jury, food journalist, advisor and now ambassador of the event for the UK.

Chris appears on BBC1 ‘Inside Out’ giving expert F&B insights

Chris appeared on BBC 1’s current affairs show Inside Out, giving expert opinion and inside into restaurant practice regarding tips, service charge and gratuities. This is a sensitive issue which CBFS advise regularly on. If managed properly, this gives a fair reward system for all staff and satisfies the guest that their tips have gone where intended – for the staff. However, there are sound business reasons, as well as emotional and cultural ones for giving all of the tips to the staff. Those operators who ‘pocket’ the tips, are missing a trick on all levels.

Constance and FCBL

Chris is once again heading to Mauritius for Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau – the worlds most prestigious culinary festival. Chris is the UK ambassador for the event and will be accompanied by David Moore of Pied a Terre, a jury member for the second year and the Michelin starred chef Mark Kempson from Kitchen W8.

Latest Food Business Course nearly sold out

The latest edition of our food business course at Leiths School of Food and Wine has one place remaining for the April session; https://www.leiths.com/courses/how-to-start-up-a-successful-food-business-weekend-course The course will run again on the last weekend in July, a great opportunity for all budding restaurant and food entrepreneurs to learn how to make it a success.

Eric Chavot at The Royal Albert Hall

One of London’s greatest chefs has teamed up with Rhubarb Food Design to create and deliver a new food offer at the Coda restaurant. CBFS were integral in bringing Eric Chavot to the table and making it happen. Rhubarb already provided a world class hospitality offer at The Hall, in the spirit of evolution and staying at the top, the appointment of Eric will help consolidate that position.

Store Street Exchange Manchester

CBFS MD Simon Cromack has been working alongside the Double Tree team to launch this innovative food and drink concept in central Manchester. The city is now a thriving hub of food and drink, and to survive you need to be at the top of the game. The Store Street Exchange brings all the best of grilled and rotisserie premium quality meats way beyond the standard hotel F&B offers; indeed this concept competes with the very best on the high street and draws in many non residential guests.


Neighbourhood is thriving in Manchester and Liverpool, a great bar with sharing food and all day dining. We have been helping bring all the best aspects of the current bars together in order to create the ‘best of’ for the latest opening, Leeds. Due to open Mid September, this will bring the talent and knowledge of the current bars, coupled with some new faces, characters, recipes and ideas.

Reading Town Hall

We are delighted to be working with Reading Borough Council to help reinvent F&B at The Town Hall in Reading town centre. This is an important and iconic space, providing a base for civic and public events and functions. However, the ambition is to open up the building more and more to the local business and leisure community, and the newly designed cafe will be the hub for that.