Winner Steven Mangleshot and the Food Development Team from Wagamama with Philip Platt (right) from Ajinomoto Foods Europe

Winner Steven Mangleshot and the Food Development Team from Wagamama with Philip Platt (right) from Ajinomoto Foods Europe

We are pleased to celebrate our continued sponsorship partnership with the Menu Innovation Network.

As part of this a number of our team attended the Menu Innovation Forum on Thursday 9th March at The Cumberland Hotel in Central London to showcase some of our fantastic dishes to a captive audience of leading companies and delegates from the casual dining sector of the UK foodservice market.

The day was a huge success and it was a great opportunity to meet and greet some of our existing clients and also start to develop some new relationships that may lead to more business for us in this rapidly growing sector.

The event culminated, late in the evening, with the presentation of the Midas Awards hosted by Nigel Barden from BBC Radio 2. A team of mystery diners and judges with considerable menu development experience had been tasked with deciding the winner in each of the 31 categories.

Ajinomoto sponsored the award for Asian Casual Dining which was deservedly won by the Wagamama Food Development Team. Congratulations must also go out to Sophie Meyer-Ohlendorf from Busaba Eathai and Mike Lewis from Yo Sushi who were also nominated in this category.

The winner and a representative from Ajinomoto will take part in the Menu Innovation Network’s tour of Chicago in May 2017. The five day tour includes entry to the world’s largest foodservice event, presentation on the latest US food trends, behind the scene visits to leading Chicago restaurants and a invaluable chance to network with all of the key menu development chefs from the biggest and best UK operators.