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Last week we hosted our Virtual Strategic Supplier Conference from the London Innovation Centre. The conference was held over two days and was an opportunity for members of the Senior Leadership and Purchasing Teams to meet with representatives from our key suppliers.

After a jam-packed couple of days, we ended the event on a high. Despite not having a Divisional Conference this year, we thought it was only right to acknowledge the support we have had from suppliers over the past year, in what has been really challenging circumstances. To close we held an awards ceremony, and we are pleased to announce that the winners were:

•  Supplier of the Year - Steelite
•  Innovator of the Year - RATIONAL
•  Account Manager of the Year - Matt Bradley from Churchill

We have put together a showcase of the innovative products that our winners have showcased throughout the last year:

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Steelite (Supplier of the Year)

Steelite International is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of award-winning, inspirational tabletop ranges for the international hospitality industry with worldwide coverage trading in over 140 countries.

We have seen Steelite celebrate 10 years of Craft, their most popular tabletop collection. When it was introduced into the Hospitality markets around the world ten years ago, the Craft range was the first to define what the look and feel of the ultimate Artisan-inspired range should be. They celebrated this by introducing new colours into the range such as Craft Apple & Craft Raspberry.

Download the Steelite Craft Brochure

This year Steelite has released their Spring Brochure full of new & exciting products, one of them being Halo – this collection frames food beautifully, allowing for a slightly more formal approach to relaxed presentations. Halo allows food to be presented on a clean white platform complemented by a contrasting colour field. This has the effect of highlighting Chef’s creativity, allowing it to speak for itself.

Download the Steelite Spring 2021 Brochure

RATIONAL (Innovator of the Year)

The RATIONAL Group is the worldwide market and technology leader for hot food preparation in professional kitchens. Regular innovation has guaranteed its leading position by far in terms of technology and market share.

Over the past year, RATIONAL has continued to be innovative by putting together live online events tailored for numerous sectors of the Hospitality industry such as Care Homes & Pubs. The events look at how RATIONAL’s cooking systems can enhance kitchen operations, increase menu diversity, and help chefs prepare the variety of special dietary requirements needed in a care home or pub. During Care Home/Pub Live online event a RATIONAL chef with specialist knowledge of the market will prepare a wide-ranging care home/pub menu while an expert host is on hand to answer any questions from attendees.

Read more on the Live Online Events

Churchill (Matthew Bradley - Account Manager of The Year)

Churchill prides itself on delivering innovative, high performance products to an ever changing, global market place. Their priority lies with the offering of a total tabletop solution to a market which demands the best results from its tableware.

This Spring, we have had the pleasure of witnessing their brand-new tableware collections and additions that they have added to the Churchill Spring 2021 Brochure. Ranging from Stonecast Raw to Churchill Cutlery they have continued to work with chefs from around the world to ensure the needs of their customers are made the priority.

Download Churchill’s Spring 2021 Brochure

As well as the release of new tabletop products, Churchill have allowed customers to get inspired with a feature they have added to their website. You can find your innovation today by using Churchill’s Inspiration feature, whether you are a Chef looking for menu ideas or someone who just wants to put together a creative tableware presentation. You will never run out of inventiveness & ideas with this handy web feature.

Try out Churchill’s Tableware Inspiration Feature

As the Hospitality industry continues to recover, we think it is important to show our appreciation and support to the Key Suppliers that have supported us throughout the last year. We look forward to seeing the innovative products/services our suppliers will come out with.


Lockhart Catering on 11 May 2021 10:00 AM

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