Leading independent UK hospitality caterer CH&CO has stepped up to the plate to become joint headline sponsor of the Global Good Awards (GGA) 2020. It will share the role alongside recycled paper brand Revive, which is headlining for the fourth year running.
CH&CO is the catering and hospitality partner for BMA House, the GGA Awards venue for the past two years, which has helped the Awards pioneer its vegan menu.
“We were the first event at BMA House to ask for a vegan menu for a non-vegan event,” explains Karen Sutton, CEO of GGA. “And since 2018 they have excelled themselves serving up truly delicious food. At GGA we pride ourselves on not just walking the sustainability talk, but eating it too! We also wanted to prove that you don’t have to be vegan to eat vegan, and enjoy it!”
CH&CO is the largest and most diverse contract caterer to be awarded the top-level Three Star rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). The SRA rating, which is regarded as the Michelin star of sustainability in hospitality, encompasses the whole CH&CO business, including workplaces, destinations, venues, events, education, livery and healthcare.
Earlier this month, the CH&CO team scooped the Feed People Well award at the SRA’s Food Made Good Awards 2019, recognising its innovative approach to feeding school children well and inspiring a positive lifelong relationship with food that’s good for them and the planet.
Sustainability is an important long-term focus for the caterer too with its CH&CO Planet strategy embedded in the company culture.
It boasts an active team of Green Ambassadors made up of people from across the business championing sustainability at every opportunity. For example, its chefs regularly attend supplier visits to farms and fisheries helping them to build an understanding of sustainable techniques and giving them the knowledge to inform customers where their food comes from.
The business also looks at innovative ways to tackle food waste and has recently implemented an aerobic food waste digester – known as a Garbage Guzzler – which is capable of digesting up to 2,000 litres of food waste a week, reducing it in volume by up to 70% in 24 hours, and leaving an output that can be used as soil improver or biomass fuel.
Emma Hill, Group Head of Food, Health, Safety & Environment, CH&CO Group, said: “We’re thrilled to be joint headline sponsor of the Global Good Awards. We’ve developed a great relationship with the team over the past two years working on the awards event and expanding this fits our sustainability goals. CH&CO is committed to operating in a sustainable and responsible way and through this partnership we can celebrate sustainability pioneers and share best practice.
“When we were first asked to create a vegan menu with BMA House for the Global Good Awards event, we jumped at the opportunity to push boundaries and create innovative, delicious dishes that were sustainable from start to finish. It led the way as the first public event to serve only a vegan menu. We’re excited to continue to be part of this important movement and we look forward to the 2020 awards and to working closely with the team as they mentor others on creating sustainable events.”
The Global Good Awards 2020 sponsored by CH&CO and Revive open for entries on 2 December 2019.