Humane Society International teams up with the UK’s largest food services company to teach their chefs how to make vegan food

Read Time:   |  24th August 2017

As part of HSI UK’s new Forward Food programme, chefs from the UK’s largest food and support services company, Compass Group UK & Ireland, were given an education into how to create exciting plant-based meals in order to increase its offering of plant-based food to its clients across the country.

Humane Society International teams up with the UK's largest food services company to teach their chefs how to make vegan food

Photo credit: Victoria Phan

Compass serves 15,000 clients locations in the UK and Ireland 

As the number of people in the UK wanting meat-free and dairy-free meals continues to rise, Humane Society International, a leading global animal protection organisation, has teamed up with the UK’s largest food and support services company, Compass Group UK & Ireland, to create a range of innovative and nutritious plant-based recipes.

Compass, which serves 15,000 client locations in the UK and Ireland, will be adding these dishes to some of its menus, in order to increase its offering of plant-based food to its clients across the country.

Compass chefs created these exciting plant-based meals as part of HSI UK’s new Forward Food programme, led by HSI UK’s renowned chef and author Jenny Chandler and Compass’ culinary director, Nick Vadis.

Photo credit: Victoria Phan

Photo credit: Victoria Phan

HSI UK aims to encourage caterers to prove more plant-based options

Through Forward Food, HSI UK aims to encourage caterers, universities and other institutions in the country to provide more plant-based options, to improve customer health, environmental protection and animal welfare. A 2016 Ipsos MORI survey has shown a 260 percent increase in the number of vegans in the UK in the last 10 years, and a 2017 Eating Better Alliance survey found that a combined total of 44 percent of Brits either do not eat meat, have reduced the amount of meat they eat or are willing to cut down.

Jenny Chandler HSI’s Forward Food chef, and 2016 UN Special Ambassador for pulses stated: “I love showing people that plant-based food can be really delicious and vibrant. HSI’s Forward Food programme is a fantastic way of getting chefs to embrace this trend and meet customer demand for more nutritious plant-based foods, and it feels great to be part of something that makes a difference to people’s health, the environment and animal welfare. The work we’re doing with Compass will have a huge impact on the great quality plant-based meals available to people in the UK.”

Photo credit: Victoria Phan

Photo credit: Victoria Phan

Nick Vadis, culinary director, Compass Group UK & Ireland said: “These cooking sessions are really useful, bringing together some of our expert chefs to experiment and create exciting and delicious dishes that are plant-based. This is a growing market for us and it’s brilliant to be partnering with Humane Society International to help innovate and share their Forward Food programme.”

By increasing the number of plant-based meals it is serving, Compass is playing an important role in transforming the global food system to create a more sustainable, healthy and humane world. By providing more plant-based options, they are conserving precious planetary resources, such as water, helping to combat climate change, improving animal welfare, and better-protecting people’s health and wellness.

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