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Thriving in the World of B&I Contract Catering

There are countless professions that started out as an unfashionable “little-brother”. For whatever reason brain surgeons are lauded above other sorts of doctors and rocket scientists praised over other chemists, biologists and physicists.

Business and Industry (B&I) catering could be considered another example. Plenty of people grow up wanting to be a chef in a Michelin-starred restaurant, or a fashionable London hotspot. But B&I catering and hospitality catering is often seen as less glamourous. It is time for this reputation to change.

Achieving a balance

Many chefs working in B&I catering also get the opportunity to mingle with some incredibly well known and talented chefs, whilst at the same time boasting greater autonomy and flexibility. Make no mistake, the work remains fast paced and at times challenging, but lots of people working in B&I catering say that they are able to maintain a better work-life balance.

Ability to tailor service

They are also far greater opportunities for caterers to build a deep and lasting bond with the companies they partner with. When you are working so closely with people over a period of years you are able to tailor your services to them, to host special theme-days or events that tie in with their operations and to provide a service which meets their specific needs.

This is especially important because the days are long gone when a company just wanted a vegetarian option or a meal containing no nuts et cetera. Organisations have even moved on even from a vegan option, they now want a vegan option with a twist, containing current trendy foods.

Variety of industries

B&I catering gives you the opportunity to work across countless industries and sectors including education, healthcare, media and hospitality. It gives you the opportunity to work in a whole host of different roles throughout the kitchen.

Opportunity to demonstrate creativity

Here at Lexington, we know it takes a collective effort from our team and partners to deliver fantastic food and service. We pride ourselves on our ability to recognise bold new ideas and are truly committed to innovation and making sure we take a forward thinking approach.

We have some fantastic examples of this, from the dishes our team deliver every day to partnerships like the technology partnership with Vita Mojo, the Lex School of Talent partnership with Galvin’s Chance, our partnership with Claire Clarke, one of the finest pastry chefs in the world and many of our supplier led partnerships.

Don’t just take our word for it. Rhiannon Heseltine, Deputy General Manager at Lexington Catering says, “Lexington Catering provides access to some fantastic mentors and really open your network, connecting you to the right people.’’

People will always need food and drink, so if you are looking for a career where you can be creative, where there are great perks and where you will be trusted with great responsibility very early on, then why not explore a career in business and industry catering.

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