September 10, 2023

Charlotte, N.C. (September 10, 2023) –  Furthering our commitment to celebrate all of the people behind the food, Compass Group proudly kicks off the 6th annual Chef Appreciation Week today with the 2023 theme of “Great People Inspire Great Food.” Chefs at Compass Group passionately believe in the power of food to bring people together and create a positive impact both in the industry and across the entire food system. The world’s greatest culinary celebration runs through September 16 and is observed in more than 40 countries worldwide.

As one of the largest employers of culinarians, Compass Group empowers everyone to use their talent and influence to impact the success of their operations, well-being of the community, and professional development of their teams.  These experts unite people through food, creating a culture of inclusion that supports our mission to collectively do the right thing for people and planet. The 6th annual celebration creates the perfect opportunity to recognize chefs and culinary teams for their extraordinary dedication, creativity and passion.

“Our people, especially our great chefs, are the heart of our company and the reason we can be proud of the outstanding food and culinary experience we serve our guests every day. I extend a sincere thank you to each one of our associates who shares their talents with us, leads with purpose and creates change that matters,” said Gary Green, CEO, Compass Group North America.

Celebratory events are planned worldwide to recognize these amazing frontline chefs and culinary leaders. Each of Compass Group’s foodservice companies nominated one remarkable Chef of the Year to represent their organization. Chefs were selected for their commitment to investing in team development, championing community and environment, all while making positive impact. Meet our 2023 Chefs of the Year here.

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About Compass Group North America

Compass Group is redefining the food and support services landscape with innovation and passion through the lens of what’s next. Serving premier healthcare systems, respected educational institutions, world-renowned cultural centers, popular sporting and entertainment venues, and Fortune 500 organizations the world over, Compass Group always finds a way to deliver excellence in nearly any vertical. Whether it’s serving school meals students love, high-end concessions in stadiums, or nourishing, home style meals for seniors, Compass is an industry leader. Ranked No. 1 by industry peers on Fortune’s 2020 list of World’s Most Admired Companies, Compass has also earned a spot on Forbes’ list of the Best Employers for Diversity in 2020 and is among the Top 50 Companies Changing the World according to Fortune. Learn more about the Compass experience at