News > Business

Shaun Hill joins forces with Elior for National Welsh Museums contract

By Emma Eversham , 17-Jan-2013

Related topics: Business, Venues, People, Restaurants

The Walnut Tree chef-owner Shaun Hill has joined forces with contract caterer Elior to help create new menus for its events at three National Welsh Museums. 

Leon Williams with Shaun Hill outside The Walnut Tree. Both chefs will work together on menus for Elior's renewed National Welsh Museums contract

Leon Williams with Shaun Hill outside The Walnut Tree. Both chefs will work together on menus for Elior's renewed National Welsh Museums contract

The chef has been appointed chef consultant by the group, which has held the contract to supply catering at The National Museum, Cardiff, St Fagan's National History Museum and the National Waterfront Museum, in Swansea since 2006, and will work alongside its development chef Leon Williams to create a series of menus for weddings and corporate events at the museums. 

Hill, who re-opened The Walnut Tree in Abergavenny with Caradog Hotels in 2007, will focus on using quality Welsh produce as the basis for menus and will also give training to Elior staff in his own restaurant's kitchens to ensure menus are delivered to Michelin-starred quality. 

“It is up to everyone involved in catering in Wales to step up and raise the bar and level of expectation, which makes being involved in the creation of these special menus for events and weddings at the three museums an exciting prospect," he said. 

“With an eye on using great ingredients presented in the very best of ways, my aim is to create a range of menus fitting of the venues and the special events that they will be produced at.”

Investment

Elior, who won a 10 year contract extension worth £28m last week to provide catering at the three sites, will also invest £84k in its catering operation at St Fagan's. 

David Carr, commercial director, Elior UK, said: “The investment will include two new restaurants and a number of catering concepts around the site including converted trams serving hog roasts and barbecues featuring pork from pigs reared at St Fagans. Coffee from locally roasted beans and Welsh cakes will also be added to the menu to increase sales throughout the year."

Plans also include the conversion of a pottery shed at the open air museum into a Welsh tea room to be used while the refurbishment of existing facilities is in progress.  

Commenting on the partnership, Phil Smith, chief executive of Enterprises Ltd, National Museum Wales said: “It’s fantastic to be working with a company that is familiar with our brand, the day-to-day running of the museum and what we try to achieve as an organisation. 

“Elior consistently offers not only high quality produce but also sources local produce that reflects Wales as a nation. Our visitors expect a taste of Wales; and an excellent one at that. Offering local produce completes the Welsh experience for our visitors.”

 

BigHighlights

Top 10 things to do and see at Hotelympia 2014

Top 10 things to do and see at Hotelympia 2014

Hotelympia is fast approaching and the hospitality industry getting ready to descend on the ExCel centre in...

Roux Scholarship 2014: In Pictures

Roux Scholarship 2014: In Pictures

Tom Barnes, sous chef at Simon Rogan’s two-Michelin-starred L’Enclume in Cartmel, has won the 2014 Roux Scholarship....

National Restaurateurs’ Dinner 2014: in pictures

National Restaurateurs’ Dinner 2014: in pictures

The 27th National Restaurateurs’ Dinner (NRD) took place at the Dorchester on Tuesday, helping raise over £80,000 for...

Travellers’ Choice: Top 10 UK tourism hotspots

Travellers’ Choice: Top 10 UK tourism hotspots

London is the third-best travel destination in the world, according to TripAdvisor’s sixth annual Travellers’ Choice awards...

#AskMark: Our inspiring Twitter Q&A with Mark Sargeant reviewed

#AskMark: Our inspiring Twitter Q&A with Mark Sargeant reviewed

Whether it was his advice for young chefs, his memories of working with Gordon Ramsay or his...

Business Profile: Ping Pong

Business Profile: Ping Pong

Ping Pong’s change-of-location strategy and design brief move it a step closer to bringing dim sum to...

Find us on Facebook

Digital Edition - Restaurant Magazine

Access to the Restaurant Magazine digital edition