The FCSI became the first organisation to hold an event at the newly-revamped Cafe Royal hotel on Regent Street last week as it hosted its inaugural chairman’s dinner.
The dinner, which was attended by representatives of the leading hospitality and foodservice industry associations, is held to mark the changeover of FCSI chairs.
This month sees The Russell Partnership’s David Bentley step down from the UK and Ireland chairman’s role to be replaced by Panache Consulting’s Niccola Boyd-Stevenson.
Guests were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchens and other parts of the venue before sitting down to a dinner prepared by award-winning executive chef Andrew Turner.
Outgoing chairman David Bentley reflected on the progress made during his allotted two-year tenure and introduced Niccola Boyd-Stevenson as his successor.
She said: “There’s a real opportunity for us to join together and make a real difference. I’m excited to build on the collaborative work David has started as chairman and to explore the avenues, partnerships and taskforces with our fellow associations to have a meaningful impact.”
The FCSI’s UK and Ireland branch is part of an association that counts more than 1,000 foodservice experts as members worldwide.