CH&CO has extended its Gathered Table initiative across the whole of the group to help shape its approach to food in each of its specialist markets.
The Gathered Table brings together experts in hospitality to inspire, develop and work in collaboration with CH&CO's chefs. Together they explore new developments in food, drink, technology, nutrition, sustainability, and creative design, and help ensure menus remain fresh and relevant.
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 chef JP McMahon, technology expert and It's Lolly CEO Peter Moore, and chef José Pizarro (pictured).
The first part of the wider business to work with initiative is Venues by CH&CO. Initially, Pizarro will create bespoke menus for the company's portfolio of venues and headline an exclusive event on 7 October at Prince Philip House in London.
‘Tapas for Everyone' will introduce new menu concepts and includes a live demo and talk from Pizarro himself and an interactive Jamón carving. There will also be wine pairings, networking and more.
A series of Gathered Table events featuring appearances from other chefs taking part will run on later dates.
Allister Richards, COO, at 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."