Leith's, the sport, leisure and hospitality brand for Compass Group, has secured a £20 million contract to supply its catering services at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC).
The deal, which will last five years, will see Leith's working with the QEIICC to diversify its customer base. Compass will be working alongside Steve Groves, the winner of BBC Two's MasterChef in 2009 who is now head chef at Roux at Parliament Square, while English chef Allegra McEvedy will also mentor the culinary team.
There will be a prime focus on healthy eating and sustainable produce on the menu, while Compass' staple 'smart food' menu will look at foods that will improve productivity and concentration throughout the day. Example dishes include lemon verbena, poached sprouting broccoli and cauliflower smoothie with toasted almond, ceviche of English coasted sea reared trout with avocado mousse, and soy and haricot bean salad with zucchini flowers.
Mark Taylor, chief executive of the QEIICC, said: "This contract heralds a new era for catering at the QEIICC. We were looking for a caterer that we could work in close partnership with, a company that would work with us and our clients in a proactive, collaborative and bespoke fashion. Leith’s has been selected again to work with the Centre based upon a combination of their partnership approach, depth of delivery and flexibility, combined with exceptional service and innovation."
Colin Bailey, managing director for Compass sport, leisure and hospitality, added that the Group's partnership with the QEIICC has spanned two decades and they are looking forward to working with the team further to develop new food concepts. It is also hoped that a series of catering jobs will be created in the process.
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