London Southbank University’s chefs love transformed kitchen:
Ifse completes build for kitchen feeding 5,000 in just five weeks, while new campus café increases business by 20%
Feeding the 5,000 is an everyday task at London Southbank University (LSBU). That’s the number of students, staff and visitors the catering operation, run by Elior, serves every day. A multi-ethnic demographic, a wide mix of ages and plenty of high street competition mean the offering has to be diverse as well as appealing – plus it has to cope with a multitude of dietary demands and the University’s commitment to providing healthy, fair trade, seasonal and local food. (more…)
Ifse plays integral role in realising high end concept
The new restaurant at Garsons Garden Centre in Esher is in an octagonal glass atrium built on a steel frame. It’s a striking concept, designed to draw in the customer. In such a space, expectations will be high, so the catering has to deliver. It does – and not only in terms of customer delight: Compass Instore, which runs the catering at Garsons, expects the restaurant to turnover in excess of £1.5million per year.
Part of a £4.3million investment in Garsons’ retail areas, the restaurant has up to 450 covers – 300 inside and 150 on the outside terrace, overlooking the fields. “With the design, whilst looking ahead, we also aimed to reflect on our history, when trading at London’s Borough Market,” says Ben Thompson, director at Garsons. “This is echoed in the steelwork and timber cladding. The business’s origins are also featured pictorially on the internal low-height walls.” (more…)