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Company of Cooks & Venues by CH&CO merge

Company of Cooks has merged with Venues by CH&CO under a reimagined Company of Cooks brand.

The two successful CH&CO leisure catering and hospitality businesses have been brought together under the Company of Cooks brand to create a £70m business boasting a portfolio of 30 renowned venues and destinations.

Company of Cooks now offers specialism in catering and hospitality for the visitor attraction and cultural sectors, and catering, event and sales expertise for venues.

The Royal Opera House, Royal Academy of Arts, Southbank Centre, RSA House, Old Royal Naval College, Royal College of Physicians, Historic Royal Palaces and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are just some of the famous and well-loved names in the Company of Cooks’ impressive collection.

Wve, CH&CO’s full-service venue and events solution, will be the sales platform for Company of Cooks, giving eve customers access to an even broader portfolio of venues.

The merger has brought about a reimagining of the Company of Cooks brand to reflect the values and approach of the new business, putting craft, creativity and community at the centre of every action and interaction made by the team.

Craft reflects the handmade techniques used to create exceptional food, drink and service experiences. Creativity captures the attention to detail and new and exciting ways innovation is applied at all touchpoints, from the food on the plate to design and architecture.

Finally, community brings together Company of Cooks’ sustainability commitments and the duty of care it has for the people it works with, the places it works in, and for the planet.

The Company of Cook’s food agenda focuses on quality, local and seasonal produce. For example, its London Larder that champions local produce and suppliers will play an important role in menu development, only MSC certified fish, British cheese and British meat will be served, and a commitment has been made to nil by airfreight.

Exquisite food is perfectly complemented by exceptional service and to ensure the front-of-house team can consistently deliver the Company of Cooks ‘house style’, the Company of Cooks Service School will launch in the second quarter of 2023.

This extensive training programme will give team members the skills and confidence for service excellence, whilst also creating development opportunities.

Rob Fredrickson, Managing Director, Company of Cooks, said, “The bringing together of Company of Cooks and Venues by CH&CO makes perfect sense. Both businesses have a reputation for brilliant food, drink and service and uniting them is the obvious next step in creating a leisure catering and hospitality brand that reflects our shared focus and strong values.

'Uniting the team and reimagining the brand has been incredibly exciting. Our teams are enthusiastic, professional yet personal, with an amazing eye for detail. We look forward to delighting our clients and customers across our portfolio of wonderful venues.”