Harbour & Jones (H&J) has been confirmed as the new hospitality and events caterer at the Royal Society of Chemistry in a contract worth in excess of £1 million over the three-year term.
Burlington House, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s historic central London home (pictured above), houses its offices, as well as conferencing and dining facilities in the grand surroundings of The Chemistry Centre.
Head chef Alan Sosa has been at the Royal Society of Chemistry since January having previously worked for high profile clients including EMI Records and the Houses of Parliament. Already making his mark with molecular gastronomy, H&J has been working with Sosa to refine the menu even further, creating a strong link between the society’s chemistry roots and its food offering.
Patrick Harbour, director, Harbour & Jones, said:
“We are delighted to have started working with the Royal Society of Chemistry in their amazing building at Burlington House. As their name suggests, we will be including molecular gastronomy and chemistry-influenced items on the menu. Another major part of our focus will be in enhancing the conference and working lunch menus to provide excellent value and consistency.”
The impressive Royal Society of Chemistry library continues the atmosphere of academic grandeur and houses over 20,000 books; it is also one of the most popular event spaces at the Chemistry Centre, attracting a host of high-profile clients including GlaxoSmithKline, Proctor & Gamble, BHP Billiton, BP, AstraZeneca and the London College of Fashion.
Renato Carvalho, hospitality manager at the Chemistry Centre, said:
“This is the start of an exciting venture together and we look forward to welcoming our clientele who will experience the fabulous cuisine provided by H&J.”
The Chemistry Centre now joins H&J’s prestigious Harbour & Jones Events venue collection, which also includes the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, RADA, RSA and the Academy of Medical Science.