Another branch of the famous Handmade Burger Co.
restaurant is to open in Birmingham’s Bullring, thus providing caterers in Birmingham the possibility of landing a catering job right in the heart of the city.
The company, who specialise in delicious, handmade burgers, already has a restaurant on the canal front at Brindleyplace, however it will also be creating the new restaurant as part of the Bullring’s new Spiceal Street development.
“We’re thrilled to welcome both Browns and Handmade Burger to Spiceal Street for what promises to be a very exciting and unique catering area,” Tim Walley, general manager at Bullring, commented
He continued, stating that members of the public were asked what kinds of restaurants they would like to see in the new development, and he is ”confident that Browns and Handmade Burger have fulfilled these requests.”
A pair of men have stepped in to purchase a struggling pub in Stoke, which provides hope that they may also introduce a couple of catering jobs that would interest caterers in Birmingham and elsewhere.
Mark Richards and Chris Franklin both used to work in pub jobs at the Talisman Inn and decided to become the new landlords of the pub when they heard that it was likely to be shut when the previous landlords decided to retire.
“When the pub closed in February it was a bolt out of the blue for everyone. But I was straight on the phone to the area manager asking for the chance to open it and run it,” Mr Franklin, aged 28, told a newspaper.
Mr Franklin has also commented on serving food at the pub, stating that he and Mr Richards will look to make catering one of their primary focuses.
A charity has provided a £1,000 grant to a new training venture that aims to help prepare young catering students as they aim to attain a restaurant or catering company job in the future.
Costello Technology College have received the donation to help set up the new venture, which is named the ’pop-up, four-star restaurant’. The restaurant can be set up anywhere and aims to educate catering students about what it is like to work in a restaurant.
The project is a joint venture between the college and Audleys Wood Hotel, who have provided staff for the facility.
Kery Irons, who helped create the venture, commented on it recently, stating ”It’s something a bit different for the students and it gives them a taste of what life is like in the catering industry. I’m hoping to put on regular events with the pop-up restaurant in the future.”
The contract catering company Ampersand has been successful in acquiring a contract that that will see them supply catering to the Historic Royal Palaces over the next five and a half years.
The catering company will take over the task from Digby Trout Restaurants (DTR) and will provide catering services to the Tower of London, Hamp
ton Court Palace and Kensington Palace.
Paul Jackson, who is the managing director of the company, has stated that he personally would “be at the heart” of the new catering venture. He commented ”This appointment turns the spotlight on what Ampersand does best – delivering leading edge, creative ideas and services that enhance the visitor experience which in turn delivers financial returns for our clients.”
Both caterers in Birmingham and consumers are being warned to be extra vigilant after the recent E-Coli outbreak in Germany.
The Foodn Standards Agency are warning caterers to ensure that all of their ingredients are fresh, clean and free of contamination before use as they continue to conduct investigations into the recent German outbreak.
The Health Protection Agency has already identified seven people who may have played a part in the outbreak and the source is currently believed to be a sprout production facility in Germany.
The FSA is advising catering in Birmingham companies to wash all fruit and vegetables before eating to remove as many germs as possible. They also recommend peeling or cooking the produce. Caterers must also monitor their staff for any signs of food poisoning to ensure no cross contamination.
Spot checks are to be carried out on catering companies in Somerset after a number of caterers in the area were found to have defective gas appliances by health and safety inspectors in recent months.
The environmental health inspectors in the region have called for the checks of catering companies after officers found that equipment at four separate catering companies was not up to code. They now wish to ensure that all gas products at caterers in Somerset have been installed by registered Gas Safe engineers.
A spokeswoman commented “The council wants to make sure there are no hidden dangers to staff and customers from poor gas work that can lead to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning or risk of explosion.”
Charlotte Deal, the authority’s environmental health lead, continued “We hope our checks will be welcomed as an important safety net.
“The emphasis is on help and advice, as we’ll be explaining how to find a Gas Safe registered fitter, and how to make sure maintenance is planned properly.
“However, if any serious or dangerous appliances are found, then we’ll be requiring action to make things safe immediately.
“We’re sure the premises owners would be more than willing to sort out any such problems with our support and guidance.”
Cllr Ken Hayward, executive councillor for environmental health, further added to the calls for increased safety measures. He added “Most, if not all, business owners would take swift action if they knew their gas equipment was posing a risk, but how do people necessarily know they’re a risk unless they know what they’re looking for?
“This is a vital piece of work that will undoubtedly help make sure public safety is improved.”
The Edinburgh based Saltire Hospitality catering company has won a large scale catering contract with the Scottish football team Midlothian. The deal will see them provide catering services to the club from the 1st June.
The company’s managing director, David Peter, claims the contract is a “significant opportunity to develop and expand our services”.
He continued ” Heart of Midlothian Football Club is a very prestigious win.
“I know it’s an honour for my employees to be working alongside the club as many are season ticket holders and I’m also delighted that we’ve now got the perfect arena to showcase our own pies and jam tarts.”
His enthusiasm was matched by the director of the club, Vitalijus Vasiliauskas, who commented “We are delighted to welcome such a prestigious business partner such as Saltire to Tynecastle.
“It is one of the leading lights in its field and we are confident this partnership is a recipe for success.”
Health and Safety bodies are issuing a warning to all catering firms that their storage facilities must comply with regulations after a well known caterer was fined for storing food in rat-infested w
Pooja Caterers were fined £27,000 after inspectors discovered that they were storing catering supplies and catering equipment in a rat infested warehouse. The warehouse was littered with rat droppings and gnawed food packages.
The warehouse, which was not registered to the company, was only discovered when a fire alerted local authorities to its existence. When health officers for there they found old and fresh rat faeces, gnawed food packaging, plus paw prints and tail marks in soot on food and shelves.
Chesterfield FC have been given two catering awards at the Official Football Hospitality Awards 2011, which is a catering awards ceremony held for clubs in all four of the major English leagues and the Scottish Premier League.
The ceremony was held at Molineux Stadium, the home ground of Wolves, and is held to recognise the dedication that catering staff at major football teams put in to ensure fans have a wide selection of foods.
Chesterfield were honoured with a Silver for the Chairman’s Award for Innovation and a Bronze for the Media Choice of media matchday hospitality.
Richard Walters, who represents the clubs IT partners, collected the awards. He said “We are delighted to have supported Chesterfield in pushing the barriers on a aspirational League Two budget as nothing as comprehensive exists at any other football club.
“The unified IP network can support every single system at the club which will include a bespoke customer management system to record every interaction with the fan base and a single database for administering match tickets to smart cards, sales systems to loyalty schemes, conference and banqueting bookings to bar transactions.”
A recent bill that has been proposed with the intention of getting more children to eat school dinners could potentially lead to some schools losing as much as £50,000 per year in income.
A clause in the bill will prevent schools that aren’t classified as academies from making a profit on school lunches, meaning that many secondary schools could lose tens of thousands of pounds due to the cost of school catering services not being made up.
The analysis, conducted for EducationInvestor by consultancy Educate Services, would also force schools to reconsider the way they tot up their catering services as they search for ways to reduce profit without reducing income.
James de Bass commented ”If these charges are insufficient to reduce the surplus, they will other no other choicie than to reduce their prices.”
The clause which could cause the problems states that it will “prohibit local authorities and governing bodies of maintained schools in England from charging more than the cost of providing milk, meals or other refreshments to pupils”.