EP Business in Hospitality has united some of the country’s leading chefs with top sporting athletes in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of fresh produce and the positive impact that great food, fresh produce and nutrition has on culture and business today.
Raising awareness for the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ ‘Adopt a School’ trust and in line with a powerful campaign from EP, which encourages business professionals from across any industry sector, join forces to broaden mental agility and create change, celebrity chef Brian Turner CBE and John Williams MBE, Executive Chef at The Ritz, teamed up with Olympic swimmer Kate Haywood and top global rugby athlete Deborah Fleming (England Rugby Sevens) in the kitchens at The Ritz, London for a day of culinary adventure.
Opening up new channels of communication and supporting knowledge share across different industries such as food service and sport is vital in today’s business world. With a focus on the impact food can have on people, the two athletes spent an educational day in The Ritz kitchens alongside two talented chefs and learning how to cook a number of fresh, healthy and balanced dishes alongside the charity’s mission to educate children about food. From the sight, smells and tastes, to the chopping, seasoning and presentation, the athletes learned how to create simple dishes packed with flavour and colour.
“It was a fantastic experience to step outside of our usual circles and to go into The Ritz kitchens, not to mention learning new cookery skills from some of the best in the business. What was interesting was the revelation that good food doesn’t have to be complex or onerous. It’s important that the young learn about food and nutrition from an early age, just as adults should embrace the power of great food and the impact it can have in the workplace today,” explained Kate Haywood.
“As an Olympian I always had a team of people around me; success isn’t about working in isolation and cooking with Brian Turner and John Williams really highlighted this. Sharing knowledge with people from any industry sector can be extremely powerful in business certainly when it comes to raising awareness of important messages like food, health and nutrition,” Haywood concluded.
Bringing the world of food and sport together is part of EP’s strategy to give emerging leaders and talent a platform to create change, raise awareness and learn directly from one another regardless of industry sector.