Industry guru Robert Croft passes away

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Robert Croft helmed RC Associates UK since 1984.

Well known foodservice consultant Robert Croft passed away peacefully on Sunday whilst in the company of his wife Leti, after months of ill health.

He was involved in foodservice management and design consultancy since 1980.

Robert operated his own company of specialist catering consultants, RC Consultants, since 1984, with emphasis on the introduction of systems catering and new technology to the hotel and catering industry. He was a globally renowned specialist consultant for systems implementation such as cook-chill/freeze systems.

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Other very experienced and highly qualified associates and designers were brought into his team as required and depending in which country the various projects were based. Robert always retained full control on all projects and to clients.

He had over 50 years’ experience in the hotel and catering industry, including 10 years as a professional chef, mainly with companies like Mövenpick in Switzerland and Germany. Robert provided management, design, and operational training consultancy for many major clients.

These included VW AG in Germany & Russia, Isal Iceland, Mars Group Catering Europe, BASF AG, Germany, Wintershall AG, Germany and Libya, GIZ – Afghanistan, Holiday Inn (CHIC), and Queens Moat House International, Shell UK Ltd, as well as institutions including universities, colleges and city corporations such as Aberdeen, Glasgow, Suffolk, Exeter and Bristol.

He was the senior consultant and managing director of RC Associates UK Ltd and a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality – FIH.

Industry colleague, Meiko UK MD Paul Anderson, paid tribute: “A true professional in the catering industry and loved by all who knew him, Robert will be sorely missed.”

For many years he was associated with Elaine and Andrew Powis who run Sterling Foodservice Consultancy. They said: “Robert will be greatly missed by us as well as a great number in our industry, for not only his professionalism and knowledge, but also a wry sense of humour.”

Robert’s chosen recipients for any donations is National Health Service Charities.

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Clare Nicholls

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  1. Sad news indeed; Robert was a true industry innovator who was proud to establish and maintain the very highest professional standards in his work.
    It was always a joy to meet with him and Leti and share a story or three about his long and distinguished career. There was always a mischievous twinkle in his eye as he imparted his knowledge and deep seated passion for the industry he loved.
    I am sure that Robert will be sadly missed by all that ‘crossed paths’ with him over the years.
    My thoughts and condolences are particularly with Leti, his family and those who were close to him.
    Rest in Peace Robert
    Very Best Regards

    1. I think Glenn has summed up Roberts career and personality perfectly and a great tribute to a great character.
      . I had the pleasure of dealing with Robert on many projects in my former capacity with MKN. His knowledge, dedication and humour will be missed. Another Titan of this Catering Industry that we all love, lost but not forgotten.
      There will be some chatting above now about a heavenly cook chill system to feed all the good people and friends we have lost. Robert will be in his element!
      My condolences to LetI and all the family at this difficult and sad time.
      Rest well old friend

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