Sunday, 8 April 2018

Park Lane Hotel’s Bennett joins The Full Range

Andrew Bennett, former Director of Food and Beverage at London’s Park Lane Hotel, has been appointed Brand Ambassador for culinary, purchasing and support business The Full Range.
Honoured with an MBE in 2009 for services to the hospitality industry and skills training, 61-year-old Bennett spent 23 years with the Park Lane (Later re-named the Sheraton Grand Hotel) before stepping down at the end of 2016.

The Full Range, established 10 years ago by George McIvor, Chairman of The Masterchefs of Great Britain, advises chefs and managers on buying the best quality and value-for-money food and beverage, and also provides a range of other culinary services. Unlike other similar organisations it is 100% supplier-funded and takes no commission from hotels or restaurants. 

“I didn’t take the decision to back The Full Range lightly and hope I can add even further to its fast growing credibility,” said Bennett, a former Banqueting Chef of the Year whose other achievements included raising £150,000 for Keech Hospice in Luton last year. “Its service and quality are high, and it’s flexible. There are no contracts or hidden fees, and it provides an excellent route for chefs to cut their F & B costs, no matter what their turnover.”

He also chairs various chefs’ judging panels in the UK and overseas and runs courses, including those at Sheffield University. 

Bennett said he would be helping promote The Full Range’s services in his daily contacts with chefs and others in the industry. “My background is very much in the five star market, but The Full Range can help and support a wide variety of food service operators across the hospitality sector,” he commented.

George McIvor, former Head Chef at Dunkeld House Hotel in Perthshire who now lives in Auchterarder, added: “Andrew commands an outstanding reputation in the UK hospitality industry, not only for his own skills and personality but for his abilities in assessing and nurturing young talent. His experience of the entire food chain, his business ethos and unswerving devotion to quality are a perfect match for The Full Range.”

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