CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 24, 2018) – Compass Group, the world’s largest employer of chefs, is proud to celebrate National Chef Appreciation Week, August 13-17. Throughout the week, the foodservice leader will recognize the incredible people behind the food and the value of its culinary teams.

“We are excited to amplify our efforts to recognize and honor our chefs and culinary talent across Compass Group by celebrating Chef Appreciation Week. This national campaign creates a platform for co-workers, managers, customers, clients and leadership to recognize our people, their passion and the impact of their hard work,” says Susie Weintraub, CEO of Compass’ Envision Group.

Approximately 10,000 locations across North America are prepared to host celebrations in corporations, schools, arenas, hospitals, senior communities and museums. Chefs will be sharing their passion with guests through in-house interactive cooking demos as they showcase their favorite meals. Menu Takeovers and interactive Appreciation Stations are designed to drive the customer experience as they highlight our chefs, the Heart of the House.

Compass will also be awarding three lucky chefs Compass Chef of the Year based on their contributions in – and out – of the cafe. Winners will be chosen based on the number of nominations along with their measurable impact on driving growth for the company, creating innovation within the foodservice industry and their contribution to the communities in which they serve, respectively. All are encouraged to vote here.

“The success of Compass Group relies on its great people and great food. We have been honored with remarkable recognition, such as Forbes’ Companies Changing the World and Fast Company’s Most Innovative in Food. This is a tribute to our Chefs who are truly driving change from inside the kitchen to the communities they serve and we want to extend a big, sincere thank you!” Chief Operating Officer, Rick Post.

Compass Group serves 9.8 million meals per day in North America. Behind every meal is a story, and at the core of that story is the hard work of a chef embracing each opportunity to make a positive impact.
Follow the celebration on social media with #LoveYourChef and watch a video message from our Celebrity Chef partner, José Andrés.

A special thanks to our partners and proud sponsors of Chef Appreciation Week.

About Compass Group:
Based in Charlotte, NC, Compass Group North America is the leading foodservice and support services company with more than 250,000 associates and $17 billion in revenues in 2017. With more than 550,000 associates worldwide, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC, has been named in the Forbes Global 2000 – World’s Best Employer list for 2017. Compass Group PLC had revenues of £22.9 billion ($29 billion USD) in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017.

Contacts
Laura Moore, laura.moore2@compass-usa.com, (704) 351-8660
Senior Communications Manager, Envision Group, Compass Group

Jessica Rainbolt, jessica.rainbolt@compass-usa.com, (860) 995-7351
Communications Specialist, Envision Group, Compass Group

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