The Caterer

In Brief

01 October 2004
In Brief

Hoffmann in charge
The Savoy Group has appointed Michael Hoffmann new general manager of its Claridge's hotel in London. Hoffman, who has previously worked with the Peninsula Group and Ritz-Carlton, replaces Christopher Cowdray, who left Claridge's in May to join nearby rival the Dorchester.

Boost for organic A survey by the Soil Association has revealed that 44% of diners would like to see organic food on menus. According to the food and farming charity, the public's appetite for healthy eating is based primarily on a distrust of chemical sprays and concerns about the environment. Meanwhile, 74% cited worries about GM food as their grounds for healthier alternatives.

Mahony on move Noel Mahony, managing director of Baxter & Platts, part of contract catering giant Compass Group, is leaving the company, Caterer has learned. Mahony, who has been managing director since 2002, leaves at the end of November to take a position elsewhere in the industry. He will join Wilson Storey Halliday, the independent caterer confirmed.

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