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New Operations Director to Oversee GrazingFood.com Growth in Catering Sector
[London] Corporate catering specialist Grazing has appointed Rob Dorey as operations director to support the company’s growth following the launch of a state-of–the-art order management platform and a high profile in-house catering contract.
Grazing provides business, events and in-house catering across the South East from its kitchen in the heart of the City of London, with a team of chefs proving food for everything from ready to serve canapés to full-service conference solutions.
The company launched in 2007 and now works with a wide array of clients including event planners, show venues and large organisations to provide tailored solutions for any type of catering need.
Having met Grazing founder and managing director, Sam Hurst, over a game a pool (which both claim to have won) whilst working at the five-star, five-diamond Little Nell Hotel in Aspen Colorado, Rob returned to the UK after seven years working in the US, reconnecting with Hurst for a rematch!
Rob Dorey was previously general manager of food and beverages at Restaurant Associates with responsibility for all outlets at the Cumberland Hotel in London's West End, including Gary Rhode’s Michelin starred restaurant. Prior to that, he held the post of general manager for Company of Cooks, overseeing food and beverage outlets at Wisley Garden, Surrey.
Grazing managing director Sam Hurst says “I'm delighted Rob is joining us. He has an excellent track record and I'm confident he will motivate our enthusiastic team to achieve higher standards than ever.
“As the business continues to grow, we will offer both current and new clients irresistible temptations to Graze. Rob is a natural team builder and leader who I know will make an invaluable contribution.”
Says Rob: “Grazing is a fast growing and innovative company with a passionate, professional team. I’m looking forward to using my know-how in the catering sector to maintain our high levels of excellence while adding even more value to our clients experience.”
Editor’s notes –
Sample menus for Grazing Corporate & Event Catering: www.grazingfood.com
Key Dates & Milestones:
March 2007 – Grazing opens first café on Great Tower Street, in the City of London. Bringing the best of British to an informal and subsequently highly acclaimed café setting.
2008 – Grazing comes runner-up at both the British Sandwich Association Sandwich Bar of the Year and the Lunch! Independent Lunchtime Retailer of the Year awards.
December 2009 – Grazing opens 1,000sq ft Central Production Kitchen in the heart of the City and launches into the corporate catering market.
June 2010 – grazingfood.com, a state-of-the-
July 2011 – Grazing announces plans to expand corporate and event catering services via entry to the contract catering sector, with a planned focus on Business & Industry and Leisure venue contracts.
November 2011 – Grazing wins first in-house contract to provide café services at London’s Design Museum on Shad Thames.