Restaurant Associates acquires luxury event caterer Rocket

28 September 2022 by
Restaurant Associates acquires luxury event caterer Rocket

Restaurant Associates, part of Compass Group, has acquired luxury event caterer Rocket.

Rocket was launched in 2000 by brother and sister team Michael Symonds and Caroline Hall and has catered to events for major fashion, automotive and financial services firms as well as charities and private clients.

It also runs luxury canape delivery brand Pocket Rocket and virtual cook-along business A Cook's Tour.

Restaurant Associates said the deal would allow it to access Rocket's central London production kitchen and give both companies the chance to "extend their reach" in the capital and nationwide.

Rocket will be given support with its supply chain and sustainability credentials and access to Compass' training and apprenticeship schemes.

Symonds and Hall will remain as managing directors of Rocket, while senior management and all 50 employees will continue in their roles.

Matt Thomas, managing director at Restaurant Associates UK, said: "We have long admired the work that Michael and Caroline have done and hold the Rocket brand in high regard. We look forward to sharing best practices and developing new ways of working together. We are both highly respectful of each other's brands and are excited about the collaborative opportunities ahead."

Symonds added: "Our team at Rocket have a passion for exceptional food, creativity and service, all values that we share with Restaurant Associates. The new partnership will be a formidable offer for the clients we are proud to serve."

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