Chefs

Changing the eating habits of students and workers for the better one dish at a time

By Tom Tanner The 18th of October marks a significant date. It saw the start, or more accurately, the re-start, of what promises to be one of the most insightful projects the SRA has ever been involved in. SU-Eatable Life, funded by the European Commission’s LIFE fund, and designed and delivered in the UK, to …

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Net zero for restaurants just got a whole lot easier

By Tom Tanner With world leaders set to descend on Glasgow next month, a news agenda already teeming with stories about the climate crisis will, so long as there is petrol in those pumps, be absolutely dominated by the Conference of the Parties 26 (COP) come the start of November. As you read, watch and …

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How hospitality proves its purpose through the pandemic and beyond

By Tom Tanner, SRA With restaurants now firmly re-open and operating at something like full capacity again, it’s time to shift our focus back from one threatening big C to another. While Covid has dominated plans for the last 16 months, climate change is no passing threat. The findings of the recent Purpose Survey we …

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Five ways to celebrate National Hospitality Day and showcase your green creds

By Tom Tanner, SRA The eighteenth of September. If the date isn’t in your diary already, take a moment from reading this to ink it in. It’s a Saturday and it’s National Hospitality Day. Yep, that’s right, a day for a nationwide celebration of the UK’s brilliant restaurants, hotels, pubs, bars, cafés and caterers. So, …

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The National Food Strategy: a report and guide for the future of food in the UK

By Emma Carroll-Monteil, Sustainable Restaurant Association Earlier this month, the National Food Strategy called on the Government to commit to a package of reforms in order to build a better food system for a healthier nation and planet. The report outlines the current issues both in the UK and globally regarding the food we eat, …

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We’re CLEAR about the need for transparent and regulated food labelling, are you?

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association Farm fresh, farm assured, grass fed, all natural. You’ve no doubt seen and read all these labels and rolled your eyes at what substance you can actually attribute to any of them. Next to none is about the size of it. Check out this article on the BBC website …

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Could carbon reducing carbs be the way to a greener future?

By Edd Lees, Co-founder, Wildfarmed It can be more than a little overwhelming to think about how we might unravel this whole climate disaster we find ourselves in. There’s no doubt we all feel some responsibility to do what’s best for the planet, while also keeping business afloat, people employed and customers happy. At Wildfarmed, …

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How can we fix the staffing crisis?

By Tom Tanner The statistics are eye-watering. A survey published this week by UK Hospitality shows that at least eight out of ten employers in the sector have vacancies – either front of house or in the kitchen – adding up to almost 200,000 unfilled posts. Brexit, furlough fatigue and fear of further lockdowns, allied …

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Be a Zero Restaurant and become a community hero

By Nat Jenkins, Consultant to Civil Institute for Voluntary Action ZERO restaurants is an exciting new green venture launching in Hackney this summer with the help of the Civil Institute for Voluntary Action (CIVA) and the support of Hackney Council and Hackney Markets. The ZERO restaurants network will bring like-minded, environmentally conscientious food businesses together …

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