bartlett mitchell named Sustainable Caterer of the Year

Top honour for boutique caterer at Sustainable Restaurant Awards

bartlett mitchell has been named Sustainable Caterer of the Year at the Sustainable Restaurant Awards in London.

Raymond Blanc, President of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), presented the award to bartlett mitchell Chairman Ian Mitchell at Roast restaurant in Borough Market.

bartlett mitchell, the independent boutique caterer which provides bespoke services at 75 locations in London and the South East of England, was the first of a now growing group of contract caterers to join the SRA and became the first to achieve a Three Star SRA Sustainability Rating earlier this year.

Ian Mitchell said: “We’re very proud to have won this prestigious award from the SRA and it was a great honour to receive it from Raymond Blanc.  We founded our company on strong socially responsible principles and it’s been a fulfilling journey to take these to the next stage and achieve top level accreditation to the SRA’s exacting standards.  We now have a team of people who are passionate about sustainability within bartlett mitchell and we are very grateful for their hard work and inspiration in helping enshrine these initiatives and policies throughout the company.  We’re also very grateful to the SRA for their wise counsel.”

Ian Mitchell receiving award from Raymond Blanc with sponsor Saleem Chohan from Greenlife

Ian Mitchell receiving award from Raymond Blanc with sponsor Saleem Chohan from Greenlife

Since its initial Two Star Rating in 2013 the company has introduced a number of new initiatives which include a commitment to only use suppliers approved by the SRA.

Mark Linehan, Managing Director of the SRA, said: “From the moment bartlett mitchell joined the SRA it has looked to continually improve its sustainability, introducing a huge range of initiatives. This award is recognition for its substantial commitment to provide its clients and customers with a high quality, responsibly run service and it should inspire other caterers.”

A two Michelin Star restaurant, a London pub group, a Scottish fish and chip shop, and one of the best known Italian restaurant groups, were among the wide variety of other winners at the Sustainable Restaurant Awards 2014, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions.

cafe-ODE, in south Devon, was named Sustainable Restaurant of the Year, for the second consecutive year. Its sister restaurant ODE-dining was also the 2012 winner.

Three of the 18 awards went to Scottish restaurants, with Iglu, in Edinburgh being named Scottish Sustainable Restaurant of the Year and The James Miller Room, Turnberry, and The Bay Fish and Chips, Stonehaven, receiving the SRA Awards for Society and Environment respectively.

There was a Scottish flavour to the event too, with the lunch, featuring haggis bon bons, Arbroath Smokies Cullen Skink, prepared by three Three Star SRA Rated restaurants, Café St Honore, The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant and The Bay Fish and Chips.

The other regional awards saw success for; Made In Belfast, The Gallery, Barry and Grain Store, Kings Cross, named Northern Irish, Welsh and London Sustainable Restaurants of the Year.

Hertfordshire-based Lussmanns Fish & Grill, was named Small Group of the Year, while 35-strong pub group, Geronimo, picked up the Large Group of the Year award.  The Railway, in Streatham, south London, won Sustainable Pub of the Year.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was, like Tim Bouget, celebrating a hat trick, as the restaurant at River Cottage HQ, in Axminster, won the SRA Sourcing Award for the third year in a row. Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons received the award for Sustainable Hotel Restaurant of the Year.

All of these 14 awards were decided on the basis of the scores achieved by businesses in their SRA Sustainability Rating. The Gate, in Islington, north London, was rewarded with the Most Improved award for increasing its score by 19%.

The two awards judged by a specially appointed panel of SRA experts were for Innovation, which was won by Carluccio’s for being the first restaurant group to post all its menus on Good Food Talks, an app launched in 2013 to enable the visually impaired to read menus, and Best Food Waste Strategy, which was won by The Belfry at Yarcombe, in Devon, for, among a number of initiatives, taking the bold step of insisting customers order their meals at least 24 hours in advance.

2013 saw the SRA launch its Sustainability Rating globally. Restaurants from North and South America, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong, have all put their credentials to the test, but the award for International Sustainable Restaurant of Year was won by Les Orangeries, in Lussac des Chateaux, near Poitiers.

Full list of Sustainable Restaurant Awards’ Winners:

  • Sustainable Restaurant of the Year: cafe-ODE   Sponsored by Southbank Fresh Fish
  • Sustainable Small Group of the Year:Lussmanns Fish & Grill Sponsored by Illy
  • Sustainable Large Group of the Year:Geronimo Inns Sponsored by Chapman Ventilation
  • SRA Award for Sourcing:River Cottage Sponsored by Reynolds Catering Supplies
  • SRA Award for Environment:The Bay Fish and Chips Sponsored by SWR Waste Management
  • SRA Award for Society: James Miller Room Sponsored by Steelite International
  • SRA Innovation Award: Carluccio’s Sponsored by Eureka Executive
  • SRA Award for Best Food Waste Strategy:The Belfry at Yarcombe Sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions
  • Scottish Sustainable Restaurant of the Year:Iglu Sponsored by Speyside Glenlivet
  • Northern Irish Restaurant of the Year:Made In Belfast Alliance National
  • Welsh Sustainable Restaurant of the Year:The Gallery Delphis Eco
  • London Sustainable Restaurant of the Year:Grain Store Sponsored by Paper Round
  • Most Improved: The Gate  Sponsored by Firstchoice Produce
  • Sustainable Pub of the Year:The Railway Sponsored by Aspall Cyder
  • Sustainable Hotel Restaurant of the Year:Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons Sponsored by Space Catering
  • Sustainable Caterer of the Year :bartlett mitchell Sponsored by Greenlife
  • Sustainable International Restaurant of the Year:Les Orangeries Sponsored by Eurostar
  • Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero Award: Jill McDonald CEO McDonald’s UK
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