KUDOS gives best employees a lie-in!

kwards-169Contract and events caterer, KUDOS, has launched an initiative that provides a greater work-life balance for all of its employees by letting them stay at home!

The new initiative aims to give staff working for the award winning caterer a more balanced social life by providing winners of “employee of the month” two days extra holiday alongside a £50.00 gift voucher, while “employee of the year” earns themselves an extra five days holiday.

KUDOS, who currently hire over 400 staff throughout their venues, cafes and delivered-in catering service, Kudos Delivered, has taken this step as part of their commitment to support a healthy work-life balance for their employees who, due to the nature of the industry, often work unsociable hours and have to sacrifice time spent with family and friends.

The first employee to receive this reward is Andy Wood, Head Chef at the award winning Penshurst Place and Gardens in Kent. Commenting on the achievements of his colleague, Peter Bruun, Senior Partner of KUDOS said: “Andy is the type of person that makes KUDOS more than just a workplace. His hard work, determination and commitment to ensuring not only a smooth transition of this newly won contract, but also the ongoing development, have been exemplary and he is very deserving of a well-earned break!

Bruun continued: “The decision to change our reward system was made following our ongoing conversations and consultations with our colleagues in venues across the country, which made it very clear that this would be an ideal way in which we could make a positive difference to their work-life balance.”

 

Gibson Hall hosts Vertical Rush 2017 runners

Multi award winning contract and events caterer, KUDOS, hosted runners from the charity event, ‘The Vertical Rush’ at Gibson Hall for the ninth consecutive year.

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The race, organised by Shelter, is an annual event that challenges contestants to conquer 932 steps and 600ft, in London’s third tallest skyscraper, Tower 42. Event preparation began at 6:30am, where 70 volunteers and staff primed Gibson Hall for pre and post-race briefings for 12,000 runners; with the first wave of runners starting the intensive endeavour at 8:00am and the last wave finishing at 5:30pm.

KUDOS, who annually hosts the charity, offered a heavily discounted charity venue hire rate for exclusive access to the whole venue, which allowed runners to get changed, have an initial warm-up, relax and subsequently refuel after the gruelling event. KUDOS also arranged complimentary furniture hire, as well as supplying food and beverages, which included: homemade cranberry flapjacks which slowly release energy, mini Danish pastries to boost short term energy, a selection of fresh fruit and a selection of teas, coffee, soft drinks, fruit cordial and water.

Peter Bruun, Senior Partner of KUDOS commented: “We’re thrilled that we could host runners from the ‘Vertical Rush’ here at Gibson Hall once again.”

Bruun continued: “Taking part in an event like this is no easy feat and we at KUDOS are happy to have played our part in allowing the runners to raise money for a worthy cause, as part of our ongoing commitment to charity.”

Lawrence Orr, Head of Challenge Events from Shelter said: “Gibson Hall has played a key role in the continued success of Vertical Rush over the past 9 years. It’s the perfect space for runners to soak up the incredible atmosphere on race day and enjoy some well-earned refreshments post-race.”

The event saw a total of £300,000 being raised for Shelter, who require these vital funds for those struggling with homelessness and bad housing throughout Britain.

Gibson Hall is a multipurpose events venue which houses three individual spaces used for a multitude of events spanning from weddings to exhibitions, fashion shows, Christmas parties and corporate events.

 

KUDOS wins the Best Food & Beverage Supplier gold award at the M&IT Awards

mit-winnersKUDOS has won the Best Food & Beverage Supplier gold award at the M&IT Awards for an unprecedented sixth time in seven years, as well as collecting the bronze award for Best Conference & Banqueting Staff.

The Awards – organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine – & hosted at London’s Battersea Evolution are held every year & are one of the events industry’s biggest celebrations.

Peter Bruun, Senior Partner of KUDOS, said: “To retain the title of Best Food & Beverage Supplier for a record sixth times in seven years is a fantastic accolade for KUDOS, & something we should all be proud of.

We do not take this award for granted & are constantly evolving so that we will always continue to improve our quality & service excellence.

KUDOS enters partnership with Starbucks at Coventry University

coventry-technology-parkAward-winning contract and events caterer, KUDOS, has entered into a coffee partnership with Starbucks that sees the worldwide coffee brand now available at Coventry University Enterprises Limited (CUE Ltd).

The partnership will see KUDOS’ Bistro café at the site offer Starbucks’ seasonal drinks – both hot and cold – throughout the year; including iced teas, Frappuccino® and other exciting retail food offers such as their caramel waffle.

In September 2016, KUDOS took over from the previous supplier at Coventry University’s award-winning Technology Park, a 20 acre site currently housing over 65 companies employing over 650 staff. The Technology Park encourages and supports the start-up and development of innovation-led, high-growth, knowledge-based businesses and is located in the heart of Coventry city centre.

Jason Priestly, Operations Director for KUDOS, said: “This is a really exciting partnership that’s added a fantastic brand to our extensive portfolio. It was clear from the start of our contract at CUE that both the client and the site had the opportunity and desire to offer a great coffee brand to its on-site customers. After carrying out several benchmarking exercises, it was decided that the Starbucks offer was ideal for the consumer profile.

“Over the past few weeks we’ve been busy training baristas with the support of the Starbucks training team. The partnership officially went live on February 6 and early indications show a potential 20% increase in coffee sales already. We are looking forward to continued success working with the Starbucks brand.”

Frank Mills, Managing Director of Coventry University Enterprises Limited said: “We are delighted to be partnered with KUDOS who have already made a great difference to our Bistro offering, not only by bringing the fantastic brand of Starbucks to CUE, which our clients seem to love, but by overhauling our complete menu offering too. KUDOS has certainly taken a proactive approach to ensure that our desire to serve premium coffee and a more exciting menu has been delivered”.

KUDOS celebrates staff in annual awards

KUDOS celebrates staff in annual awardsAward-winning contract and events caterer, KUDOS, held their annual awards event on Friday 20 January to celebrate their successes of the past year and to recognise the achievements of staff who excelled.

The awards took place at Gibson Hall in Bishopsgate and featured an awards ceremony, live entertainment and a three-course banquet created by KUDOS’ Michelin-starred Food Director, David Cavalier, and head chef Richard Webb. The menu include a starter of marinated loch salmon and Brixham crab, a main course of Gressingham duck breast with red wine jus, and a vegetarian option of artichoke heart with wild mushroom puff pastry.

Managing Partner of KUDOS, Jon Pryce, said: “This year’s awards event was a fantastic, well attended night which gave us the opportunity to celebrate our achievements and show staff our appreciation for their hard work. We also were able to recognise some exceptional performances from specific individuals in the organisation. This was a great end to what was a fabulous year for KUDOS”.

The ‘K’ Awards consisted of six categories and the winners were chosen by a panel of KUDOS’ senior management team. The winners were as follows:

General Manager of the Year – Simon Wilkinson (Harrogate International Centre)

Chef of the Year – Phillip Johnson (Harrogate International Centre)

Sales Person of the Year – Zuzana Girovska (Kudos Delivered)

Venue of the Year – Brighton Centre

Employee of the Year – Zsolt Almsay (Winchester Cathedral)

Support Person of the Year – Richard Woodard (Crown Partnership – Procurement).

Simon Wilkinson, General Manager at Harrogate International Centre (HIC) said: “It was a great honour to be shortlisted for the General Manager of the Year award alongside some great KUDOS managers, and it was an absolute shock and privilege to win this award.  The award means a great deal to me but couldn’t be achieved without the help and support of my amazing team at the HIC”.

Philip Johnson, Head Chef at Harrogate International Centre, added: “It’s an honour to win Chef of the Year 2016 – it wouldn’t be possible on my own and I’m grateful to have a very supportive team behind me. I look forward to competing for Chef of the Year 2017!”

KUDOS helps provide clean drinking water to village in Uganda

 

life-2Award-winning contract and events caterer, KUDOS, has completed a project to provide access to clean drinking water for over 400 people in the village of Kiguli, located in the Mpigi District of Central Uganda.

Through their partnership with ethical bottled water brand Life Water and their partner charity Drop4Drop, KUDOS provides Life Water to its customers at Brighton Centre and Winchester Cathedral. For every bottle of Life Water sold, Drop4Drop gives at least 1,000 litres of clean drinking water to a community in need. Drop4Drop have provided clean water to over 500,000 people, and works together with Life Water to help alleviate the world water crisis.

Working closely with Life Water, Drop4Drop implements the projects that businesses fund through purchases of Life Water. With KUDOS’ participation, they have successfully built a well which eliminates the need for the women and children of the village to walk over an hour, in unsafe conditions, multiple times each day to collect unsafe drinking water from contaminated sources. Senior Partner of KUDOS, Peter Bruun, said: “We are extremely proud to work alongside Life Water and Drop4Drop to aid a community in need, especially for something that everyone has a right to; clean water.

“Kiguli derives a large amount of its economy from agricultural work like the production of food and crops; such as bananas and ground nuts. The injection of clean drinking water from this well will provide much needed nourishment for both the crops and residents; helping to boost economic and individual well-being throughout the village and provide new opportunities to the community. We will continue to do our part as an ethically driven company and will ensure that many more wells are built in the future”.

The project is KUDOS’ first clean water initiative and the creation of the well took four weeks to complete. Sam Pyant for Drop4Drop, commented: “Thanks to KUDOS, 412 people now have access to clean water, changing the lives of the entire community forever. The village relied heavily on natural sources of water, such as ponds that were often shared with cattle and livestock. Now that KUDOS have helped to provide a source of clean water, the community will have improved health along with a fresh opportunity for economic and social prosperity”.

KUDOS regularly contribute to charities and community initiatives. Their 2015 Helping Hands initiative provided 30 homeless people and families with Christmas hampers containing winter essentials like hats, scarves, gloves, shoes, jumpers, jackets and blankets for every Christmas party sold. KUDOS also created a drop-off initiative where people could bring toiletries, socks, Christmas cards and chocolates for distribution to less fortunate members of society.

KUDOS welcomes new leadership team

KUDOS welcomes new leadership teamAward-winning contract and events caterer, KUDOS, have welcomed two new additions to their management team, with the appointment of Peter Bruun as Senior Partner and Michelin-starred chef David Cavalier as Food Director. They join existing Managing Partner, Jon Pryce, to form the new driving force behind the brand.

Peter Bruun, who brings 18 years of international operations experience, will oversee and develop the KUDOS brand and culture; driving the continued growth of the business across the country. His restaurant management career began in Copenhagen and then developed overseas in the UK with Signature Restaurants Plc, whose brand portfolio included Daphne’s, The Collection, Pasha, Bam-Bou and Strada. Over the next decade Peter’s career evolved as operations and development director with The Scotsman Hotel Group, Hush in Mayfair and Le Îles Paul Ricard, where he was responsible for concept development.

In 2006, Peter returned to his native Denmark as food and beverage director of DGI Byens Hotels, before becoming Managing Director of Meyers Køkken & Deli in Copenhagen, Denmark’s biggest and best known F&B operator. Peter then went on to open his own café and deli in Copenhagen, before returning to the UK with his family.

Commenting on his appointment, Peter Bruun said: “I am delighted to have joined the KUDOS team. KUDOS is a privately owned, quality led, personality driven company, and I’d like to highlight and focus on those elements to drive us forward.

“We employ talented people who are specialists in their field, and encourage creative thinking and commercialism. We expect our staff to take responsibility, and act as trusted custodians of the legacy that this company has built over more than three decades of trading. We have the skills to be able to create bespoke concepts and menus wherever needed, and we use our historic pedigree to form a foundation of quality without compromise and with attention to detail in both the food and how we run our business.”

Michelin-starred chef David Cavalier joined caterer KUDOS as Food Director earlier this year, overseeing all food development, innovation and sourcing within the business. Cavalier’s career has spanned over 30 years and has included positions at the Grosvenor House Hotel, The Dorchester, The Berkeley Hotel, The Bell Inn – Aston Clinton (Relais & Chateau), Regal Hotels, L’Escargot, Auberge du Mail (Amboise, France), Mosimann’s, and his own restaurants – Pebbles, Cavalier’s and High Holborn. His last restaurant, High Holborn, proved a huge gastronomic success, achieving a Michelin star in just five months, whilst also receiving wide critical acclaim from Fay Maschler, Matthew Fort and Nick Foulkes.

Cavalier has received several accolades throughout his career; Egon Ronay Stars, AA Guide Rosettes, Gault Milau, Nigel Dempster Restaurant of the Year, Country Restaurant of the Year in the Good Food Guide and five Michelin stars. Since leaving the London restaurant scene, he has established himself as a leader and innovator within contract catering. The first Michelin-starred chef to be employed full-time within contract catering, he has been at the forefront of the industry, improving standards and quality significantly.

KUDOS to cater the Stand Up To Cancer Channel 4 event

KUDOS to cater the Stand Up To Cancer Channel 4 eventContract and events caterer KUDOS will once again provide their services for the charity event Stand Up To Cancer, held at Central Hall Westminster on Friday night.

The telethon event – which is hosted by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Adam Hills, and broadcast live on Channel 4 – brings together an international roster of stars from stage and screen to raise money for research into cancer treatments. Featuring special TV show editions, exclusive comedy sketches, musical performances and personal accounts of people who live with the realities of cancer, the show will be a celebration of life and laughter.

KUDOS, who previously catered the event at Central Hall Westminster in 2014, will provide catering for the event’s 200 person VIP reception, serving a range of canapes and bowl food including; fish and chips with homemade tartare sauce, mushroom risotto with truffle dressing, Cumberland sausage with mustard mash and onion gravy, and sweet potato and chickpea tagine with couscous. They will also look after an audience of 500 with beer, wine and soft drinks throughout the event.

Central Hall Westminster and KUDOS have had a long-running partnership for over 15 years, and it is central London’s largest conference venue. The Grade II listed building enjoys a prime location opposite Westminster Abbey and adjacent to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

Director of Catering for KUDOS at Central Hall Westminster, Gareth Wilson, commented: “It is a pleasure for us here at KUDOS to cater for such an important event and for such a worthy cause. Central Hall Westminster is an iconic venue that is perfect for this type of live broadcast event, and we hope that attendees enjoy their experience here on Friday night”.

KUDOS will also be catering for up to 1000 members of the crew and production team throughout the day of the event, in their on-site Wesley’s Café; serving a range of hot and cold meals, fresh sandwiches, panini and salads.

Stand Up To Cancer will be televised live on Channel 4 on Friday 21st October 2016 from 7pm. You can donate at channel4.com/su2c or sign up to fundraise at standuptocancer.org.uk

KUDOS to cater the Lib Dem Conference at the Brighton Centre

Brighton, England - September 12, 2010: Men attending their yachts and sailing dingys on Brighton Beach with the Brighton Centre in the background, East Sussex,Contract and events caterer KUDOS will once again provide their services for the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference at the Brighton Centre later this month.

The Autumn Conference, which begins on 17 September, is the largest Lib Dem conference each year and features lively debates, speeches, policy discussions and a range of social events.

KUDOS, who has been the on-site caterer at the Brighton Centre since 2004, will provide all catering at the event for the third time. They will be catering for 6,000 delegates each day of the four day conference, serving over 30,000 Fairtrade cups of coffee, homemade cream teas, freshly baked sandwiches and cakes.

General Manager for KUDOS at the Brighton Centre, Imogen Lee, commented: “These conferences are a big event for KUDOS and the Brighton Centre, so we are very pleased to see it return here this year. In addition to providing our catering services to the Autumn Conference, this year KUDOS will also be sponsoring the Beach Clean event for Social Action.

“The Beach Clean will involve volunteers helping to clear litter from between Brighton Palace Pier and the West Pier on 18 September. As a thank you and to show our support for Social Action, KUDOS will be providing bottled water and Haagen-Dazs ice cream to the first 150 arrivals.”

The Autumn Conference opens at 09:00 on Saturday 17 September and closes at 15:30 on Tuesday 20 September with the Leader’s Speech. It is open to party members, supporters and observers who want to find out more and engage with the Party.

To participate in the Beach Clean, go to The Giant Doughnut meeting point for 10am on Sunday 18 September.

KUDOS lands major win at The Mermaid

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Niche hospitality company, KUDOS, has been awarded a seven-year deal with The Mermaid.

Based in Blackfriars, this fabulous events venue consists of a 600 seater auditorium, the stylish River Rooms and Queenhithe, a large white box breakout space.

The new partnership, worth nearly £8m, will see KUDOS work in unison with The Mermaid to introduce a brand new range of innovative food concepts and menus for meetings, weddings and events.

The contract was awarded to KUDOS following a highly contested tendering process involving a host of large and small catering companies.

Alicia Duncan, General Manager of The Mermaid, comments: “We are elated to be working alongside KUDOS to offer our clients a brand new catering experience. The KUDOS team are extremely talented and their menus are both inspired and creative – something we pride ourselves on as a venue. Vowing to do things differently in 2016, we felt that it was time for a change and KUDOS is a perfect match for us.

Jon Pryce, Managing Partner of KUDOS, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been given this opportunity. The team has put so much hard work and effort into both creating an innovative and engaging tender and building a strong relationship with the venue, so this is a well-deserved win in my opinion. The venue has fantastic aspirations and a desire to offer the conference and events market something unique and we are excited to be playing a major part in this.”

KUDOS wins new contract with Coventry University

Caterer KKudos to cater at Coventry UniversityUDOS has won a new contract with Coventry University Enterprises Limited (CUE Ltd).

The contract starts this month when KUDOS take over from the previous supplier at Coventry University’s award-winning Technology Park, a 20 acre site currently housing over 65 companies employing over 650 staff. The Technology Park encourages and supports the start up and development of innovation-led, high-growth, knowledge-based businesses and is located in the heart of Coventry city centre.

As well as managing conference and banqueting catering services at the Technology Park, KUDOS will also manage and operate The Bistro staff restaurant facility, which will feature a diverse range of seasonal dishes to keep menus fresh and ever-evolving.

Commenting on the contract win, Jon Pryce, KUDOS’ Managing Partner, said: “We are truly excited to have the opportunity to partner with one of Coventry’s most forward-thinking and innovative conference and banqueting venues; particularly as it is our first education related partnership. We’ve got lots planned over the coming months to reflect CUE’s innovation and bring our KUDOS vision to the venue; including the use of local ingredients sourced within a 60 mile radius of Coventry, which we feel really celebrates Great British produce.

“We’ve also some new initiatives in mind; ranging from rooftop beehives giving us a healthier sweetener for teas and coffees, a campus herb garden, homemade seasonal preserves and fresh bread baked on-site and made daily for event delegates and Bistro customers. So there’s lots for people to look forward to.”

Frank Mills, Managing Director of Coventry University Enterprises Ltd said: “We have ambitious plans for our conferencing and banqueting operation and are delighted that our new partner KUDOS share our ambitions. I am confident that between us we will achieve them.”

KUDOS launches new eco-friendly scheme to lower paper cup consumption

CoffeeAward-winning caterer, KUDOS, is encouraging customers at its retail sites to bring in their own cups as opposed to using disposable ones.

In a bid to ‘go green’ & become a more responsible company, KUDOS is offering customers who bring in their own cups 25% off their hot drink of choice.

The offer is set to be introduced to four of KUDOS’ busiest retail outlets by June 13, & has already been received well by clients who have wholeheartedly supported the idea.

Josh Beth, KUDOS’ Retail Director, commented: “The new ‘environmentally friendly’ scheme we have introduced has already gone down so well with all our customers who are fully backing the idea.

“Helping the environment & saving the planet are at the heart of our business, so hopefully this scheme will be the start of many more ‘green’ events to come.”

KUDOS welcomes new Food Director, David Cavalier, to the team

Award-winning caterer, KUDOS, has appointed David Cavalier as its new Food Director to drive the company forward & contribute new & exciting menus which tie in with current trends.

David brings with him a wealth of knowledge & technical expertise as well as over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. He began his career as a commis chef at the Royal Garden Hotel before moving on to the Grosvenor House Hotel, the Dorchester Hotel, & various high-end Michelin-starred restaurants.

Over the years he has achieved a number of accolades including the Young Chef of the Year Award, the Caterer & Hotelkeeper Acorn Award & the gold medal for Best in Junior Class to name but a few.

Jon Pryce, Managing Partner of KUDOS, commented: “The KUDOS team & I are very excited to announce that David Cavalier will be joining us on June 13.

“With David working for the last 15 years within the hospitality sector, there are some very obvious synergies with KUDOS. What really struck us was a shared passion and importance that both we at KUDOS & David share when it comes to being a food-led company.”

Discussing his new role, David said: “KUDOS is such a well-respected company which has a long-standing reputation for food & quality within the hospitality sector. I am really looking forward to joining a team with such a high emphasis on the things that really matter; food and service.”

The Brighton Centre caters for Film & Comic Con event 2016

Superhero cupcakesEvents venue, the Brighton Centre, had the privilege of hosting the annual Film & Comic Con on 4 & 5 June.

The Film & Comic Con is a hugely popular exhibition which has been running for many years & involves a whole host of fun activities including photoshoots, panels, autograph sessions & hundreds of stalls full of memorabilia as well as appearances from renowned TV, film & comic stars.

The Brighton Centre’s on-site caterer, KUDOS, helped out at the retail event by providing quick & easy ‘grab & go’ food for visitors. An interactive burger station, superhero cupcakes & cookies, & big papa Scotch eggs were also very popular with visitors, as well as chips in comic strip paper cones.

Imogen Lee, General Manager of the Brighton Centre, commented: “I am delighted to announce that the Brighton Centre’s Film & Comic Con event this year was a huge success. The Film & Comic Con is such an iconic exhibition that has been around for years, so to host it at our venue is an absolute honour.

“Everyone who turned up was thrilled with the creative, interactive food on offer thanks to our on-site caterer, KUDOS.”

Central Hall Westminster’s Catering Director, Gareth Wilson, gives an insight into his career progression within the company

2086999742Caterer KUDOS has over 35 years of experience & runs venues & retail outlets across the whole of the UK, offering hospitality & creative catering every day. They place an emphasis on food provenance & believe in sourcing produce as locally as possible.

The company has been extremely successful over the years & has had many loyal members of staff join. One of them being Gareth Wilson, Director of Catering at Central Hall Westminster, where KUDOS runs its catering service.

Gareth joined the company in 1993 when it was still known as Crown Group. He worked as a catering manager for two years before moving on to events where he ran all of the company’s major events, working his way up from catering manager to events director.

In the 16 years he spent in the events industry, Gareth had the opportunity to see some beautiful venues in & around London including Guildhall, Lancaster House, No 10 & No 11 Downing Street, & many more. Some of his biggest achievements include catering for the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Show for 22 years & serving dinner for 4,500 guests at the BRIT Awards in 1995.

At the age of 50, Gareth moved to Central Hall Westminster & now runs all the catering, pottering & cleaning services there.

Speaking about his role, Gareth commented: “I absolutely love my job & working for Crown Partnership in general.

“I have seen many changes over the years & seen the company grow rapidly, & I am honoured to have been a part of it. I have enjoyed every minute & wouldn’t change it for the world!”

KUDOS extends contract with The Heron for another year

Tara-Bernerd-The-Heron-clubhouse-2Award-winning caterer, KUDOS, has renewed its three-year contract with The Heron. A one-year rolling contract has now been put in place so that KUDOS can provide residents with a tailored, upmarket deli style food offering as well as bar, dining & event services.

The Heron is a luxury private residential building based in Moorgate, London. It is akin to a luxury 5* hotel which offers breathtaking views over the City.

Commenting on the contract extension, Jon Pryce, Managing Partner of KUDOS, said: “We are delighted to have secured a one-year rolling contract with The Heron. It is such a beautiful venue & we are so proud to have this opportunity to provide our award-winning catering for The Heron’s residents.

Francesco Palminteri, General Manager of The Heron, said: “Having worked with KUDOS from the very beginning in what was a challenging & stimulating time for all concerned, they have proved to be fundamental in the success of The Heron today.

“Having worked with & been approached by a number of catering providers wanting to become part of The Heron family, I have found our commercial relationship with KUDOS covers all our needs & whims, with functionality, flexibility, understanding, quality & cost efficiency being the core ingredients of our partnership.”

 

Gibson Hall set to host BNC Event Show for first time in July

GHLondon events venue, Gibson Hall, will be taking over from the HMS President to hold this year’s BNC Event Show on 6 July.

The BNC Event Shows are bi-annual networking exhibitions for event planners in the City. The shows have been majorly successful, attracting key note speakers & leading experts from the events & meetings industry such as Ben Fogle, Monty Halls, Tom Parker Bowles & Catherine Spencer (former England Rugby Captain & Founder of Inspiring Women) to name but a few.

Over 600 event planners will be attending this year’s show in July & there will be prizes & gifts available on the day as well as valuable networking opportunities & an educational seminar programme.

Award-winning events caterer, KUDOS, will be taking care of the food & providing mouth-watering dishes on the day.

Nicky Pratt, Managing Director of Gibson Hall, commented: “The team & I are so excited to have this opportunity to be part of an exhibition which has become more & more popular over the years.

“Exhibitions in general are a very hard formula to crack, but the feedback for the BNC Event Shows has always been positive, so we’re looking forward to seeing what the day will bring.

“Although Gibson Hall is a very well-known venue, this event will give us a chance to highlight once again what a beautiful space it is for all occasions, especially as a result of its recent refurbishment!”

To register your event agency or for more information, visit http://bnceventshows.com

 

KUDOS celebrates Invictus Games

Events caterer, KUDOS, offered all UK armed forces personnel 30% off food & drink at the Royal Air Force Museum (RAF Museum), Cosford, between 8 & 12 May to celebrate Prince Harry’s Invictus Games & as a thank you to all those putting their lives on the line every day. The offer was available in both the Refuel restaurant in the Visitors Centre & the H-Van café in the Cold War Hanger.

The RAF Museum in Cosford is home to the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering which trains service personnel from all three branches of the armed forces; the RAF, the Army Air Corp & the Fleet Air Arm.

KUDOS celebrates Invictus Games by offering UK armed forces personnel 30% off food and drink 2Jon Pryce, Managing Partner of KUDOS, commented: “The team & I are so proud to be involved in offering this deal for all UK armed forces personnel as they truly deserve it. They constantly risk their lives for us so this is the very least we can do for them.

“The RAF Museum has a personal connection with the armed forces because of its Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering, making this so much more relatable.

“Many of the armed forces customers are already very keen on the Refuel restaurant & often relax there with some delicious home cooked food & a fresh coffee courtesy of KUDOS, so our 30% discount offer will probably entice them to visit even more!”

Celebrate the May Bank holidays in style

Themed menuWe all love the May bank holidays, two whole days to do whatever you want with. 

To make it even more enjoyable for our customers, we’ve decided to introduce themed menus to Alfa Laval for the best two days in May. 

KUDOS caters for the specialists in heat transfer, separation & flow technologies as part of a five-year contract.

 

Northampton Saints take part in biggest game of the season

NSaintsNorthampton Saints Rugby Club played their biggest game of the season on Saturday 16 April.

The club took on Champions Cup semi-finalists & their biggest rivals, Leicester Tigers, but were beaten 24 – 30. Now there is a seven point gap between them & the fourth-placed Tigers with two games left, during which qualification for next season’s Champions Cup will be the target rather than becoming the champions of England.

It may have been a bad day for the club, but on-site caterer KUDOS had a successful evening selling over 15,000 drinks at the event & welcoming 15,249 people to the stadium. Over 2,000 covers were provided through corporate dining in the suites and boxes & overall, the caterer saw an 18% increase in revenue compared to the same match last year.

 

 

KUDOS set to cater for VIP opening of Winchester Education Centre

gregallenphoto.comWithin Winchester Cathedral lies an Education Centre for people of all ages & abilities.

The Centre has been undergoing refurbishment works to upgrade the building & provide level access throughout & a new lift on the first floor.

KUDOS has been given the privilege of catering for the VIP opening of the Centre & its newly built 120 capacity teaching space which will take place next month.

Keep an eye out for the photos!

 

KUDOS holds invention testing day

dfgdfgLast week our retail, kitchen & front of house teams were invited to take part in a competition which would see them create a brand product to sit proudly alongside our signature 6oz sausage roll.

Of the 12 ideas that made it to the first stage of judging, just three were shortlisted. These came from John Bennett at the RAF Museum, Cosford, who suggested a ‘Beef burger patty pasty’, Andy Wood at Northampton Saints Rugby Club, with his ‘Cobbler’s nibble ‘ham’per’, & Dan Loader from the Brighton Centre who came up with the idea of a ‘Big poppa Scotch egg’.

The three products & their designers were invited to the Northampton Saints stadium kitchens for a ‘day of play’ where more ideas were brainstormed & more products were invented, including a beef & Cheddar wheel, a chicken & chorizo fold-over, & a lentil and goats’ cheese burger.

Our retail department now have to begin introducing these ideas into KUDOS’ venues for our customers to enjoy.

They’ll be making an appearance at a site near you soon, so make sure you keep an eye out for them!

 

KUDOS introduces new ‘Honest’ frozen yoghurt concept to Central Hall Westminster

Honest yoghurtEvents caterer, KUDOS, has introduced a new frozen yoghurt brand called ‘Honest’ for its customers at Central Hall Westminster.

KUDOS wanted to introduce an interactive, high capacity, nutritious & gluten-free option into its portfolio for conference organisers to include in their lunch & dinner packages. The catering team is able to produce & serve 1,000 portions of the healthy yoghurt in a 30 minute conference lunch break.

Retail Director of KUDOS, Josh Beth, said: “This delicious yoghurt is made using 100% natural ingredients & is not only gluten-free, but also super low in calories!” 

The product has already proved popular with customers at Wesley’s Café; KUDOS’ on-site public offering at Central Hall Westminster, & seems set to continue its success for the foreseeable future.

Gibson Hall supports Vertical Rush event by hosting post-race reception for the runners

08/03/2016. London, UK.The KUDOS team was absolutely delighted to provide a post-race reception after the Vertical Rush event for this year’s runners at Gibson Hall.

On Tuesday 8 March, Athlete, Nell McAndrew, & TV personality, Calum Best, raced to the top of London’s Tower 42 in a bid to claim the title of fastest female & male & raise vital funds for housing & homelessness charity, Shelter. After conquering 932 steps & 42 floors, the celebrities were worn out & we were there to refresh them.

Gibson Hall’s Events Manager, Monica Cortelletti, commented: “The team here at Gibson Hall were thrilled to be involved with something like this & support a charity like Shelter who do so much good work for the homeless.

“We hope the runners enjoyed the post-race reception we held as much as we enjoyed hosting it, & we look forward to partnering with them again next year.”

Community & Events Manager at Shelter, Kathryn Matthews, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the whole Gibson Hall team who worked so hard to make the Vertical Rush post-race reception such a success.

“Monica (Cortelletti) was so helpful & accommodating in the lead up to the event. The team was incredible, both during set-up & on the day. All of the staff went above & beyond for us, ensuring the event ran smoothly.”

KUDOS caters for the 2016 Virgin Media Awards at Harrogate International Centre

20160310_223934_resizedOn March 10, Harrogate International Centre (HIC) had the privilege of hosting the Virgin Media 2016 Annual Sparkle Awards for the very first time.

Caterer KUDOS – which runs the retail & catering aspect at the HIC – provided a ‘Garden of Unearthly Pleasures’ themed menu on the night.

Guests were treated to a three course meal which consisted of a picnic sharing platter starter with cumin roasted lamb skewers, pork, sage & apple sausage rolls, & Mozzarella cheese & tomato crostinis; a roast chicken with spiced dumplings main course; & an afternoon tea style selection of sweet treats served on vintage china for dessert.

General Manager of the HIC, Simon Wilkinson, said: “It was great to be able to serve the Sparkle Awards this year. We had a lot of fun planning an event with a difference.”

 

KUDOS has double win at M&IT Industry Awards 2016

IMG_1080After taking home two gold awards last year, caterer KUDOS has truly outdone itself by earning another two for Best Food & Beverage Supplier & Best Conference & Banqueting Staff at this year’s M&IT Awards. 

The Awards – organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine – are held every year & are one of the events industry’s biggest celebrations. Over 1,000 guests attended the event at the dynamic Battersea Evolution in London on February 26.

Jon Pryce, Managing Partner of KUDOS, said: “We are truly delighted & thrilled to win these awards once again. The competition remains intense & without the commitment of everyone in the team, winning these awards would not be possible. 

“Being awarded gold for Best Food & Beverage Supplier is an incredible achievement. It highlights just how much we have grown as a company over the years to become what we are now – one of the UK’s best caterers.  

“Winning the gold award for Best Conference & Banqueting Staff is an equally amazing feat. Our team is one of the best – if not the best – out there & I’m so happy that their hard work & dedication to creating outstanding menus which focus on food provenance & sourcing local produce has paid off.”

 

The Flitch of Bacon described as ‘an explosion of talent’ in rave restaurant review

5925049Following its recent opening, The Flitch of Bacon – run by our Creative Director, Daniel Clifford, & located in Little Dunmow, Essex – has already received fantastic reviews from various news outlets.

One in particular described it as ‘an explosion of talent in a corner of Essex where every dish is superb.’

Click here to read the full article.

 

Central Hall Westminster takes part in Fairtrade Fortnight campaign

Methodist central hall on Westminister Square, London, UK. Middlesex GuildhallFairtrade Fortnight is a promotional campaign which happens once a year.

Organised & funded by the Fairtrade Foundation, its aim is to increase awareness of Fairtrade products.

This year Central Hall Westminster will be getting involved by offering a wide variety of Fairtrade products within Wesley’s Café between February 29 & March 13.

Make sure you don’t miss out!

 

KUDOS celebrates St Patrick’s Day with Alfa Laval

st patrick's daySt Patrick’s Day, which takes place on March 17, is the annual celebration of all things Irish & no-one is looking forward to it more than us here at KUDOS.

That’s because we’ll be spending the day with the Alfa Laval engineering company in Surrey who we began catering for five years ago.

Our relationship with them is still going strong & on 17 March we’ll be providing them with a specially created St Patrick’s Day themed menu.

Furthermore, on March 14 we’ll be celebrating Commonwealth Day with them, so March is set to be a very busy month for us!

 

We can’t wait to march into spring!

KUDOS caters for event attended by HRH Prince Charles at Harrogate International Centre

gregallenphoto.comCaterer KUDOS had the honour of catering for HRH Prince Charles at the 50th anniversary of the Harrogate International Festivals – of which he is a patron – held at Harrogate International Centre.

The Prince & his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were served a selection of locally influenced canapés including mini Yorkshire puddings with rare local beef & horseradish, & tartiflette with Yorkshire cheese & bacon. A variety of Harrogate’s famous cakes, sweets, mini teacakes, fondant fancies & carrot cupcakes were also available.

KUDOS also provided a wide range of drinks at the party including sparkling wine, Yorkshire tea, & a refreshing elderflower spritzer garnished with fresh mint & a twist of cucumber.

KUDOS’ Managing Partner, Jon Pryce, commented: “Not many companies can say that they have catered for a member of The Royal Family, so today is a very special day for us here at KUDOS.

“We are so proud & honoured to have been able to offer Prince Charles & his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, our top class catering & we hope they thoroughly enjoyed it.”

KUDOS retains OHSAS 18001 accreditation for another two years

certificateCaterer KUDOS has renewed its OHSAS 18001 accreditation for a further two years after being assessed by QMS International Ltd.

Key areas that were assessed included management systems, planning & risk assessment, staff training & awareness, communication of safety management systems, response to emergency situations & monitoring & continual improvement.

Jon Pryce, KUDOS’ Managing Partner, commented: “I am delighted & extremely proud that KUDOS has retained this fantastic accreditation once again. When less than 1% of all UK businesses have achieved this accolade, it really puts KUDOS up there amongst the elite!

“As we are such a strong company, the staff training aspect of the assessment – which is a crucial part of achieving this standard – was not a problem at all. Our School of Know How & Michelin Masterclass programmes have only ever had positive results & produced some outstanding chefs.”

KUDOS teams up with the British Heart Foundation to design ‘heart healthy’ snacks

BHF (8)Caterer KUDOS has been supporting the British Heart Foundation throughout the month of February by offering three unique ‘heart healthy’ snack products in three of its busiest retail venues.

The Pump Rooms Café in Leamington Spa, Wesley’s Café in Central Hall Westminster & The Refectory in Winchester Cathedral have all been displaying the nutritious products over the past month. The snacks have helped visitors reduce their sugar, salt & fat intake, whilst not compromising on flavour or presentation.

Visitors were treated to spiced butternut squash & onion tartlets, courgette & tomato savoury muffins, & carrot, sultana & orange tray bakes. All of the products contain high levels of vitamins, fruit & vegetables, which are naturally full of flavour & help maintain a healthy heart.

Commenting on the new products, Retail Director of KUDOS, Josh Beth, said: “All the products have proved more popular than we had ever anticipated, especially the carrot, sultana & orange tray bake which is thoroughly delicious!

“KUDOS is all about healthy eating & we have food provenance at the heart of our business. We always try & source our food as locally as possible & ensure it is as fresh as it can be. Healthy & fresh food is the way forward!”

 

 

Staff at the RAF Museum, Cosford, go head-to-head with on-site caterer, KUDOS, in a pancake race with a difference

Team_Kudos_Vs_Team_RAF_MuseumOn February 9, caterer KUDOS & staff at the RAF Museum, Cosford, took on the challenge of a pancake relay race which saw them not only having to flip pancakes but also run around the Museum’s National Cold War Exhibition whilst doing so.

The race served as a build-up to Shrove Tuesday when the Museum’s caterer, KUDOS, made pancakes for all visitors and staff. KUDOS were victorious in the end after managing to pip the RAF Museum staff to the post.

A video of the race can be seen on www.facebook.com/rafmuseumcosford.

Retail Director of KUDOS, Josh Beth, commented: “The pancake race was a lot of fun and a great way to keep our staff entertained. KUDOS is all about ensuring its staff are happy in their roles & this is just one of the many ways in which we have done that. I’m already looking forward to the next event!”

The RAF Museum, Cosford, is open daily from 10am & entry is free of charge. For more information, visit www.rafmuseum.org/cosford.

KUDOS provides Westminster Kingsway College students with events and hospitality catering training

WKCCaterer KUDOS has started taking on students from Westminster Kingsway College in London, allowing them to gain essential hospitality experience within the Gibson Hall and Kudos Delivered kitchens.

The students from Westminster Kingsway College – whose notable alumni includes Jamie Oliver and Anthony Worrall Thompson – are working on a monthly rotation for four weeks before returning to college. On the first day, students worked from 9am until 4pm in the kitchens and the next few days will involve them working from 8am until 4pm. This makes it suitable for all age groups and coincides with the college and national working regulations.

This isn’t the first time that work experience – which doesn’t affect their studies and helps them improve on their professionalism and skills in the kitchen environment – has been offered by KUDOS. Central Hall Westminster has been running the scheme for commis chefs from Westminster Kingsway College in its Central London kitchen for many years.

Richard Webb, Head Chef at Kudos Delivered, is in charge of the scheme and commented: “It is just fantastic that the students from Westminster Kingsway College have this once in a lifetime opportunity to work with some of the best chefs around at such a young age.

“Not only are the students learning about special cooking techniques, allergen information and creating Michelin-starred dishes, but they are also receiving assistance and guidance with their college courses from world class chefs.”

Andrew Lansdell, First Year Professional Chef Diploma Work Externships Coordinator at Westminster Kingsway College, said: “At Westminster Kingsway College we send our First Year Professional Chef Diploma students out on a four week externship to a variety of top establishments within the food service sector. KUDOS has been working alongside us for several years at Central Hall Westminster’s conference centre and more recently, Gibson Hall. We know the fantastic support we have received from them will continue to help our students gain experience and help develop their workplace skills to set them up for a great career in the industry.”

KUDOS celebrates success at the 2015 Winchester Cathedral Christmas market

gregallenphoto.comBack in 2014 KUDOS achieved sales of £203,000 from four chalets. However they truly outdone themselves at the most recent market and raised profits to £213,000 with one less chalet – an increase of 5%.

KUDOS combatted poor wintry weather with persistent and heavy rain affecting 47% of its 34 trading days as opposed to just 31% the year before. However the wind and rain could not deter the 350,000 people who battled the adverse weather conditions between 19 November and 22 December in order to attend the event.

The 2015 Christmas market saw 16,000 German Krakauer sausages devoured and 500kg of ketchup and mustard used as well as a record-breaking 700kg of pulled pork, 8,000 burgers and nearly a quarter of a tonne of Emmental cheese.

As well as the traditional favourites, additional products such as hot, spiced mulled wine, German fried potatoes and winter spiced hot chocolates were also available.

Commenting on this successful achievement, Retail Food Experience Creator at KUDOS, Josh Beth, said: “It’s just fantastic that Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas market has become so popular.

“I think the improvements we made to the production facilities and the theatre of cooking with food being prepared and sold in front of visitors could have been one of the reasons for the outstanding success.

“The team and I are already looking forward to creating more improvements for the 2016 Christmas market and we hope it will be even more successful than last year’s one!”

 

New food counter at RAF Museum, Cosford, boosts visitor numbers by 39%

refuelVisitors are flocking to the RAF Museum, Cosford, as a result of the new food counter installed by in-house caterer, KUDOS, in the Refuel restaurant and the increase in figures hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Since it was installed last December, the counter has become a main attraction and net takings – for the eight day period in between Christmas and New Year – went from £9,213 in 2014 to £12,618 in 2015 (37% increase). This popular attraction has also resulted in higher visiting numbers, with the museum opening its doors to 4,451 people in 2014 and 5,707 last year.

This comes as part of the museum’s Refuel restaurant refurbishment which began on 20 December when special mugs were introduced to help reduce disposable paper cup consumption.

KUDOS’ Managing Partner, Jon Pryce, commented: “I am delighted about the increase in custom that we have had as a result of the RAF Museum’s restaurant refurbishment. The restaurant itself looks amazing now as I knew it would and I’m just happy that so many people are able to see it for themselves and experience the high quality food and drink provided by KUDOS.”

 

KUDOS partners with The Royal Pump Rooms and Jephson’s to donate 30 Christmas hampers to local charity

LSKUDOS worked alongside its partner venues in Leamington Spa to donate a total of 30 Christmas hampers to Helping Hands which provides homeless people and families in need with essential items for winter.

Jephson’s and The Royal Pump Rooms pledged to give away one hamper for every Christmas party sold. Over the festive period 30 were collected, meaning 30 companies were welcomed into the venues and able to celebrate their night in style.

KUDOS’ Business Development Manager, Hannah Gill, said: “I am so happy that we were able to make Christmas for 30 less fortunate people that little bit easier.

“Not only that but we also had the opportunity of catering for 30 Christmas parties last year. I’m really glad that so many people have benefited from this scheme, especially over Christmas which is a time of giving!”

Lianne Kirkman, Project Coordinator at Helping Hands, said: “I was overwhelmed by the public’s support and couldn’t believe how many boxes I was able to collect from the different sites.

“The Bakery in the Pump Rooms was overflowing for several weeks when I visited to collect the boxes. The support was amazing and it was a real privilege to hand them over to the individuals who probably would not have received any gifts this Christmas otherwise. It was really special seeing their faces when they opened up each box as they were all individually packed with different items which made them unique.

“Thank you to all who gave up their time to fill the boxes, especially Hannah and the team at The Royal Pump Rooms and Jephson’s who really got involved and backed the project right from the start.”

The Royal Pump Rooms at Leamington Spa had kindly been a drop-off point for the shoe box collection and also donated a box for every Christmas party that was booked with them last year. Staff from the on-site art gallery and museum, local businesses and organisations also got involved by becoming drop-off points for the boxes or by getting teams to make up the boxes to be donated.

KUDOS holds annual ‘K’ Awards to celebrate success of its staff

KWARDS-242On 22 January, caterer KUDOS welcomed over 130 of its own employees into Gibson Hall to celebrate their achievements throughout 2015.

Staff were treated to a three course banquet prepared by Head Chef, Richard Webb, which consisted of a jamboree of great British regional venues in miniature forms such as dishes from Yorkshire, Lancashire, Shropshire, Northamptonshire, Sussex and Hampshire.

This was then followed by a duo of British beef and heritage carrots and a warming seasonal dish to showcase the best of winter in the UK. To complete the meal, the chefs at Gibson Hall created one of their signature dishes; an interactive dessert station.

The General Manager of the Year Award went to Merily Muttik from Gibson Hall, Central Hall Westminster was named Venue of the Year, Andy Wood from Northampton Saints took home the award for Chef of the Year, the Brighton Centre was hailed Retailer of the Year, Hannah Gill from Leamington Spa claimed the Sales Person of the Year Award and Javier Agudelo, the kitchen porter at Gibson Hall, was crowned Employee of the Year.

KUDOS was supported by key suppliers on the night who made the event a great success. Jon Pryce, KUDOS’ Managing Partner, said: “The evening was entertaining and rewarding for the staff who had all clearly made such a huge effort in their work over the duration of last year. It was great to see how much the evening meant to them all.

“The ‘K’ Awards are an excellent way of rewarding our hardworking and talented teams and celebrating our success as a business.”