Raymond Blanc OBE has been President of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) since 2012. Chef patron of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and founder of Brasserie Blanc restaurants, he has always been a passionate champion and campaigner for sustainability and food ethics. While his restaurant has retained two exalted Michelin stars for over 30 years, 30 of his protégés have gone to achieve Michelin stars themselves.
During his term as President, Raymond has helped oversee a significant expansion in the SRA’s membership, and wider increase in interest in sustainability both in the UK and globally, including the whole Belmond hotel group.
Prue Leith began her career in catering with Leith’s Good Food. Her Michelin Starred Leith’s Restaurant shortly followed, as well as Leith’s School of Food and Wine.
She has been deeply involved in food education, founding and chairing the charity Focus on Food, which promotes cooking in the curriculum, and the Hoxton Apprentice, a not-for-profit restaurant training disadvantaged long-term unemployed young people. She was the Chair of the School Food Trust, which was largely responsible for the improvement in school food. She is Patron of the Prue Leith Chef’s Academy in her native South Africa.
Inspired by his mother (Restauranteur, teacher, chef), food has played a fundamental part of Giles’ life. This culminated in opening The Good Cook, in 1998, the first ‘social’ restaurant in the uk. This continued alongside his consulting business, Good Business, that worked for some of the world’s largest food businesses in helping them on their sustainability journey. These experiences inspired the thought that we could help all restaurants on their sustainability journey and so the idea of the SRA was born.
After an early career managing restaurants in London, Simon became involved in offshore and remote location facilities management, deploying accommodation vessels to East Timor for the UN in 1999 and to West Africa for Total and Agip. Simon took responsibility for the increasingly demanding sustainability requirements under these contracts before joining Good Business, Europe’s leading corporate responsibility consultancy, in 2006 to pursue this aspect full time and co-founding the Sustainable Restaurant Association in 2010. Simon is a resident judge for the Mercury awards and lives in Stroud with an unruly menagerie of children and animals.
Hospitality industry veteran, Mark Sainsbury has worked in restaurants and hotels in London for 25 years. He opened the multi award winning Moro restaurant, alongside Sam and Sam Clark in 1997. In 2004 Mark opened his first hotel, the 59-room Zetter Hotel with his partner Michael Benyan. The Group then went on to open Bistrot Bruno Loubet, The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell, Grain Store restaurant and in 2015 The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone.
Mark co-founded the Sustainable Restaurant Association and serves as a trustee on his own charitable trust the Mark Leonard Trust, the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy and the Linbury Trusts.
Jale Erentok is the founder and CEO of 2PAx and previously CEO of Busaba Eathai restaurant group. She has spearheaded some of London’s most innovative and successful hospitality concepts. Working alongside the highly acclaimed restaurateur Alan Yau, Jale has been instrumental in leading various concepts from fast casual to fine dining including brands such as Wagamama, Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Busaba Eathai and more recently The Duck & Rice, Park Chinois and Babaji Pide Salonu.
She also CEO of Hospitality consultancy firm, Smalleats, that supports a growing community of pioneering restaurateurs, chefs, producers and supply chain managers working towards a productive and sustainable future in the industry.
Amelia Twine co-owns Eat Drink Bristol Fashion (EDBF). EDBF began by staging large-scale pop-up restaurant events, championing a Field-to-Fork ethos and celebrating the work of some inspirational local chefs. The business now runs two SRA rated venues in the centre of Bristol – both a pop-up café and a vegetable-led restaurant. Amelia has a background of working with NGOs in the field of sustainable food systems and is a partner in her husband’s organic farm in the Chew Valley in north Somerset.
Iqbal Wahhab OBE has built a reputation for delivering world-class excellence through his highly successful restaurant businesses, Roast and The Cinnamon Club. He has exited both restaurants and is planning new ventures. Iqbal has won a number of major awards and accolades during his career. He was voted one of the Top 10 Restaurateurs in Britain in an Independent on Sunday survey and listed in the Caterer Power 100, GQ 100 Most Connected and The Sunday Times Maserati Top 100 business start-up mentors. He works a lot with ex-offenders and has just been appointed to chair a review on the treatment of black and/or Muslim people in the criminal justice system
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