Key factsAward: Bronze (since November 2016)
Meals served: 1000+ dishes a day
Most discerning clients:
Lunches for 316 children and teachers at a French school – ‘they know what good food tastes like!’
We asked Alistair about his business and their Food for Life Served Here journey.
What was the original motivation for gaining the award?
Sourcing top quality, natural and locally produced ingredients is what we’re all about, so we can deliver some of the freshest food in London. We wanted to have this ethos reflected in an independently verified way, so we could gain recognition for all that hard work and effort. It shows our loyal customers and potential new customer what type of caterer we are and what we stand for.
How did you find the process of gaining the award?
The Catering Mark team were really helpful and supportive throughout the process. We were already meeting a lot of the criteria, but it was an interesting exercise to scrutinise all our ingredients and suppliers to ensure that the provenance of the ingredients was fully traceable.
What has the impact been on your organisation?
As a business, and for me personally, it feels like the right thing to be doing. Supporting a wider civic responsibility in terms of promoting good animal welfare and using ingredients free from bad additives is positive for our staff, customers and the food industry as a whole. We have a very loyal customer, Coller Capital, who helped to sponsor our award so we are grateful to them for that and for introducing us to the process.
Next steps: upgrading
We would certainly like to upgrade to Silver and ultimately Gold. Let’s see how Brexit unfolds in the short term …
- At first the process may seem daunting, but you will probably find that there are several criteria that you already meet which give you a foundation to build on.
- You have to be very proactive and persistent especially with suppliers. It’s a very good exercise that all food providers should carry out so they know the provenance of their produce and what really goes into each and every dish.