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John Benson
-
Smith

The Restaurant and Catering Consultants ..

all things f
ood and
its People
,

Product
,

Profile and Profit

jbs@benson
-
smith.co.uk

Summary

WHAT CLIENTS SAY..

"I'm mightily impressed with the food offering over at Eastlands,
under the
stewardship of Consultant Chef John Benson
-
Smith.
What has been done at Man City is quite extraordinary. The food
there is absolutely fantastic"

MARCO PIERRE WHITE

"If you attend an event and Ali Benson
-
Smith is running the front
of house it will be a real
ly great experience." GARRY COOK
FORMER CEO TO MANCHESTER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB

"He will tell you what you may not want to know , but need to
-

then he will tell you how to fix it" STUART GRIFFITHS , CHIEF
EXECUTIVE BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME THEATRE

"They are han
ds
-
on team players who focus and balance numbers ,
marketing , sales , service standards and of course great
food"

ANDY LAMYMAN , DIRECTOR GENERAL SANTA
PONCA COUNTRY CLUB MALLORCA SPAIN

"You both had made a major contribution to the success of the City
Of
fering" GRAHAM WALLACE CHIEF OPERATING
OFFICER AT MCFC"

I appreciate everything you and Ali have contributed

it has made
a massive difference, Thank you" RODDY GAULD, CHIEF
EXEC, OCTAGON THEATRE, BOLTON


2

"Attending customer presentations to Sainsbury, Morr
isons and
numerous Food Service customers

they’ve helped us to secure
significant new business "wins" and always in a modest "no
nonsense" unassuming way
-
endearing them to both customer and
colleagues"

NEIL COURT
-
JOHNSTON
,
CHIEF EXECUTIVE

I've worked with

many of the greats in the industry, but when it
comes to pure energy, creativity, experience, skill and knowledge,
John has few peers. Bring John in on any project and you can be
assured of success. A totally memorable guy, great sense of
humour, top prof
essional"

GORDON CARTWRIGHT, CHIEF
HOTEL+ RESTAURANT INSPECTOR AA

"He worked extremely hard at turning the Club around and
motivating the Staff. I would recommend to all". MAX DUDSON
CEO, DUDSON LTD

"JBS will sort it out and then lead it forward, I cant s
ay anything
else really but he will." JOHN WILLIAMS FORMER
MANAGING DIRECTOR, GRANADA TV

Experience


Ali Benson
-
Smith Consultant at WORLD CLASS SERVICE
LIMITED

August 2013
-

Present
(3 months)

ADVISORY BOARD
MEMBER www.hotelfuture.org.uk at HOTEL FUTURE

July 2013
-

Present
(4 months)


The next generation of
Hospitality professionals

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN DESIGNER FOR
MANCHESTER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB at RAFAEL
VINOLY



3

May 2011
-

Present
(2 years 6 months)
PRODUCT
ENDORSEMENT at TIBARD

March 2002
-

Present
(11 ye
ars 8 months)

CONSULTANT
EXECUTIVE CHEF at MANCHESTER CITY FOOTBALL
CLUB

February 2002
-

Present
(11 years 9 months)


Working with the
Lindley Group and also with Fabulous Fan Fayre, the new Jamie
Oliver/Legends Dallas

Cowboys Catering Company.

Designed, s
pecified and project managed in 2013 the installation of
fifty five food and beer public concession kiosks.

Six hospitality kitchens and one central production kitchen.

8 recommendations available upon request.

JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR at RESTAURANT AND
CATERING CONSULTANCY

May 1999
-

Present
(14 years 6 months)
www.manchesterfood.co.uk

ONE OF THE CHEFS at Celebrity Chefs
UK(
www.celebritychefsuk.com
)

February 1994
-

Present
(19 years 9 months)



REFURBISHMENT CONSULTANT at OCTAGON
THEATRE

June 2013
-

August 2013
(3 months)

"I appreciate everything you
and Ali have contributed


it’s made a massive difference. Thank
you. Roddy Gauld
,
Chief Executive Octagon Theatre, Bolton.




4

MARKETING CONSULTANT
at POTTERS CLUB

September 2012
-

August 2013
(1 year)


CATERING
CONSULTANT /CHEF at FULHAM FOOTBALL CLUB

February 2011
-

May 2013
(2 years 4 months)

KITCHEN
DESIGNER FOR THE NEW PLANNED RIVERSIDE
STAND OVER LOOKING THE

RIVER THAMES at
FULHAM FOOTBALL CLUB

September 2012
-

April 2013
(8 months)


JOINT MANAGING
DIRECTOR at BENSON
-
SMITH LIMITED "THOUGHT
FOR FOOD"

June 2012
-

March 2013
(10 months)


22 recommendations
available upon request

CONSULTANT CHEF / LONDON OLYMPICS for
SPOTLESS FOOD SERVICE

December 2
011
-

September 2012
(10 months)
Olympics 2012

1 recommendation available upon request

NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT RETAIL at POOLES
BAKERY

March 2012
-

July 2012
(5 months)


Interim start up with a focus
upon retail clients and presentations to SAINSBURY, ICEL
AND
TESCO and MORRISONS

MARKETING CONSULTANT at POTTERS CLUB BPMF

January 2011
-

June 2012
(1 year 6 months)
Market refresh
strategy and repositioning




5

CATERING FORENSICS CONSULTANT at ZEST FINE
FOODS

February 2012
-

April 2012
(3 months)


Complete busine
ss
overview and detailed forensic investigation

NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT at PETERS FOODS

January 2011
-

April 2012
(1 year 4 months)
Bespoke food
designer and flavourist.

1 recommendation available upon request

CONSULTANT at GRAND THEATRE, BLACKPOOL

September 2011
-

January 2012
(5 months)
Catering forensics,
refurbishment consultant

REFURBISHMENT CONSULTANT at HIGH LEGH GOLF
CLUB

May 2011
-

January 2012
(9 months)
CONSULTANT at
BARTLE HALL

January 2011
-

January 2012
(1 year 1 month)
Food re
-
focus,
b
usiness strategy and front of house staff training.

JBS
-
MARCO PIERRE WHITE COLLABORATION at
COLLABORATION

MARCO PIERRE WHITE
-
JBS

June 2010
-

January 2012
(1 year 8 months)


Collaboration
between John Benson
-
Smith and Chef Marco Pierre White at City
Square
Manchester City

Football Club




6

CONSULTANT CHEF at EMC
-

EVENT MANAGEMENT
CATERING

March 2008
-

May 2011
(3 years 3 months)
Stadia included

Leigh

, Wales, Barnsley,

St Helens, Halifax, Huddersfield, Hull
KC, Hull KR, Doncaster

etc.


DEMONSTRATION CHEF at
MARKS AND SPENCER

January 2010
-

January 2011
(1 year 1 month)
Promote and
endorse own label products in store.

PRODUCT ENDORSEMENT AND DEMONSTRATIONS
FOR THE PHILIPS AIR FRYER UK LAUNCH at PHILIPS

September 2010
-

December 2010
(4 months)


Launched the
Ph
ilips Air Fryer to the media in London 2011

1 recommendation available upon request

CELEBRITY DEMONSTRATION CHEF FOR UK TOUR at
LAUNCH

July 2010
-

December 2010
(6 months)

LANDROVER RANGE ROVER

Guest Celebrity Chef for the Range Rover 2011
-
12 launch and
tour
of the UK.

"BY APPOINTMENT ONLY TOUR" visiting Stately
homes and other high profile VIP venues.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT at NORTHERN FOODS
-

HOLLANDS PIES

March 2009
-

November 2010
(1 year 9 months)
Inspire influence

CONSULTANT CHEF at BITE CONTRACT
CATERING

October 2009
-

July 2010
(10 months)
Forensics/realignment


7

CATERING CONSULTANT at YELL

January 2009
-

July 2010
(1 year 7 months)

Catering Contract re
-
tendering plus design of the tenth floor One Reading Central Cafe
and Restaurant

CONSULTANT
-
KIT
CHEN DESIGN at

February 2010
-

May 2010
(4 months)
Business forensics

CONSULTANT at ST JAMES CLUB

July 2009
-

September 2009
(3 months)
Forensics

ROSSO RESTAURANT
, MANCHESTER

CATERING CONSULTANT at WEST YORKSHIRE
PLAYHOUSE

February 2009
-

September 2009
(8

months)
Forensics and re
-
launch

CATERING CONSULTANT at URBIS + LE MONT

December 2008
-

February 2009
(3 months)


Forensic repo
rts and
recommendations on the c
atering
o
perations.

CATERING CONSULTANT at EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
THEATRE

February 2008
-

February 2009
(1 year 1 month)


Forensic
realig
nment with a view to refresh re
-
energise and drive the
business forward

CONSULTANT

(ACTING DIRECTOR OF CATERING) at
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME THEATRE

January 2006
-

October 2008
(2 years 10 months)

Review
overview fix and build


8

1 recommendation available upon request

CONSULTANT at SANTA PONÇ
A COUNTRY CLUB

August 2005
-

September 2008
(3 years 2 months)

Troubleshooting realigning the business which was in a heavy
financial loss situation
with a deter
iorating membership
, tasked
with driving

this into a break even/ profit situation with a positive
following and a product to be proud of.


1 recommendation available upon request

CONSULTANCY at MERE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB

May 2007
-

July 2007
(3 months)


CONSULTANT
(MANAGING DIRECTOR) at JERSEY BOATHOUSE
GROUP (ST AUBIN)

January 2004
-

March 2007
(3 years 3 months)


From concept
design to build fit out opening and trading

3 recommendations available upon request

DEVELOPMENT CHEF at BONNEBOUCHE

April 2005
-

February 2007
(1 year 11 months)
FROZEN
DESSERT SPECIALISTS

CATERING CONSULTANT ARTS COUNCIL at ARTS
COUNCIL/MANCHESTER ARTS COUNCIL

May 2004
-

August 2006
(2 years 4 months)
Food for thought
project (forensics)

Overall Five contracts


Rochdale

/

Urbis

/

Manchester

/

Oldham
etc
.



9


CONSULTA
NT CHEF HOTELS at ENGLISH LAKES
,
HOTELS RESORTS AND VENUES

March 2005
-

June 2006
(1 year 4 months)


CONSULTANT
(DIRECTOR) at HAZLEWOOD CASTLE

December 1996
-

January 2006
(9 years 2 months)
Pre
-
opening
design concept to

trading

2 recommendations available upon request

COOKERY SCHOOL at COOKERY SCHOOL
HAZLEWOOD CASTLE

December 1996
-

January 2006
(9 years 2 months)
Yorkshires first
and foremost Cookery school

CONSULTANT at GREEN ROOM THEATRE
MANCHESTER

March 2005
-

Novemb
er 2005
(9 months)


CONSULTANT
CHEF at BLACK BULL RIMINGTON

July 2004
-

October 2005
(1 year 4 months)


PRODUCT
ENDORSEMENT at CIRCULON PA
N WARE

May 1997
-

September 2005
(8 years 5 months)
CONSULTANT
CHEF MEDIREST at COMPASS

March 2003
-

July 2005
(2
years 5 months)


Refresh thinking and
overview on the approach to food and care

LEADING CHEF at NHS BETTER HOSPITAL FOOD

January 2002
-

June 2005
(3 years 6 months)

One of six Chefs
working with Loyd Grossman on the Better Hospital
Food
I
nitiative for the
UK Government.


10

JBS visited 48 Hospitals

1 recommendation available upon request

CO
OKERY SCHOOL ENDORSEMENT at FISS
LER

February 1997
-

June 2005
(8 years 5 months)


COOKERY
SCHOOL ENDORSEMENT for

MEYER PANS

September 1997
-

April 2005
(7 years 8 months)


FLAVOUR
DESIGNER (JBS WAS THE SOLE UK DESIGNER)
for

WALKERS SENSATIONS

CRISPS

January 2003
-

March 2005
(2 years 3 months)


Sole flavour
designer creating the brand products from "blue sky to shelf"

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT at DANBY FOODS

February 2003
-

August

2004
(1 year 7 months)
1 recommendation
available upon request

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT at DAVID FRANKS
SANDWICHES

May 2003
-

June 2004
(1 year 2 months)


New product
development of Sandwiches for retail Wh
istle Stop train station
stores, Boots and Superd
rug.

1 recommendation available upon request

SPONSORED UK CHEF at MERCEDES BENZ

October 2002
-

April 2004
(1 year 7 months)
Mercedes product
launch

DIRECTOR at TAYLORED RECRUITMENT




11


February 2001
-

April 2004
(3 years 3 months)
SPECIALIST at
NHS SPECIAL
PROJECTS

September 2003
-

February 2004
(6 months)
Focusing on food
development into the NHS in 2020

CONSULTANT CHEF at NO ORDINARY HOTELS

2003
-

2004
(1 year)

Re
-
energise drive and carry out a review and
rebuild strategy

CHEF DEMONSTRATOR at JAGUAR LAND R
OVER

December 2002
-

December 2003
(1 year 1 month)
Minster Jaguar

TEAM PRINCIPAL AND SPONSOR at THREE SOUPS IN A
BOWL RACING UK

February 2001
-

July 2003
(2 years 6 months)


Motor Cycle
Racing team ...67 Wins Four Championships British 600cc Auto
66

TOMAT
O COULIS (LAUNCH AND ENDORSEMENT) at
NESTLE

July 2001
-

June 2003
(2 years)


JBS COLLABORATION
WITH CHEF BRIAN TURNER at ALFRESCO
SANDWICHES (CELE
BRITY
CHEF RANGE)

February 2001
-

November 2002
(1 year 10 months)


Developing
a range of s
andwiches with Cele
b
rity

Chef
,

Brian Turner

PRE
-
OPENING CONSULTANT
at OTTERBURN CASTLE
COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL

March 2002
-

June 2002
(4 months)


CHOCOLAT CUISINE
LAUNCH AND ENDORSEMENT at NESTLE


12



June 1999
-

June 2002
(3 years 1 month)
PRODUCT
ENDORSEMENT at NEFF

February 2000
-

May 2002
(2 years 4 months)
Product
endorsement development

SPONSOR OF JBS at BMW GROUP UK

February 1999
-

May 2002
(3 years 4 months)
SUPERDRUG at
SANDWICH EXPRESS

February 2001
-

January 2002
(1 year)
New Product Development

WHISTLESTOP
SANDWICH DEVELOPMENT at
WHISTLESTOP

January 2001
-

January 2002
(1 year 1 month)
New Product
Development

CONSULTANT CHEF at GNER RAILWAYS (FIRST
CLASS)

February 2000
-

November 2001
(1 year 10 months)

Designing
dishes for the First Class travel Kings Cross

to Edinburgh

GROUP CONSULTANT CHEF at BURLINGTONS

February 1999
-

August 2001
(2 years 7 months)
BRAND ROLL
OUT

CHEF DEMONSTRATIONS at SUB ZERO WOLF

May 2001
-

July 2001
(3 months)

CONSULTANT CHEF at
CALLS RESTAURANT (GRAHAMS)



13



1998
-

1999
(1 year)


CON
SULTANT CHEF at TOWER
CASINOS

January 1997
-

May 1999
(2 years 5 months)

Mentor tutor
influence the team , refine the food and product delivery

CONSULTANT CHEF at EUREST CATERING COMPASS

February 1997
-

March 1999
(2 years 2 months)


COLUMNIST
for

NORTHER
N HOTEL AND RESTAURANT MAGAZINE

October 1985
-

March 1999
(13 years 6 months)
CONSULTANT
at GREENHALGHS BAKERS

September 1997
-

January 1999
(1 year 5 months)
www.greenhalghs.com

DEMONSTRATION CHEF
-
PRODUCT ENDORSEMENT at
AGA

1996
-

1998
(2 years)


EXECUTIVE CHEF at GRANADA
TV

S V+A HOTEL

January 1992
-

September 1996
(4 years 9 months)
NEW BUILD

2 recommendations available upon request

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT at AMOY FOODS

May 1994
-

September 1995
(1 year 5 months)
PRODUCT
ENDORSEMENT at PRESTIGE
PANS

April 1993
-

September 1995
(2 years 6 months)

HEAD
CHEF/PATRON at LINTON SPRINGS COUNTRY HOUSE
HOTEL


14



January 1991
-

January 1992
(1 year 1 month)
HEAD CHEF at
BLACK SWAN HELMSLEY

February 1986
-

January 1991
(5 years)

"Build and fix" of the busines
s then once established added a huge
reputation to the food operation. Increased by 70% the sales
turnover and held the highest food awards out side of London in
the group.

ASSISTANT CHEF TO LORD FORTE

S PERSONAL CHEF
CAMILO ZUIN at FORTE HOTELS

May 1985
-

February 1989
(3 years 10 months)
Travel Europe and
the UK assisting with VIP events

CHEF at RESTAURANT L'OASIS (CHEF LOUIS
OUTHIER)

1987
-

1987
(less than a year)

TRUST HOUSES

CHEF LOUIS OUTHIER AND JEAN
-
GEORGE
VONGERICHTEN 3 STAR MICHELIN FOR
TWENTY YEARS

HEAD CHEF at CALLOW HALL COUNTRY HOUSE
HOTEL

January 1985
-

February 1986
(1 year 2 months)
JBS FIRST
HEAD CHEF POSITION

SOUS CHEF at BLACK SWAN HELMSLEY

August 1984
-

January 1985
(6 months)
CHEF at PARIS
HOUSE


15

1984
-

1985
(1 year)
PETER CHAN
DLER

SOUS CHEF at DUDLEY HOTEL

February 1983
-

July 1984
(1 year 6 months)
CHEF at BROWNS
HOTEL

April 1984
-

April 1984
(1 month)
CHEF at ETTINGHAM
PARK

March 1984
-

March 1984
(1 month)
CHEF MICHAEL QUINN

CHEF at SHAKESPEARE HOTEL

March 1984
-

March 1984
(1 month)
CHEF at CHEZ NICO

February 1984
-

February 1984
(1 month)
CHEF NICO LADENIS

CHEF at THE WESTBURY HOTEL

February 1984
-

February 1984
(1 month)

CHEF at 90 PARK
LANE GROSVENOR HOUSE

January 1984
-

January 1984
(1 month)

Skills & Expertise

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,

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Education

Queens Gardens Kingston upon Hull

Zero, 706/1+ 706/2, 1975
-

1979

King Edwards V111 Sheffiled

Honors and Awards

Two Gold medals

Leading Chef Better Hospital Food

Hotel of the Year

Restaurant of the Year

Northern Chef of the Year
award

Human Being

Interests

WSB Moto GP

Anything to do with Apple Macs




17


John Benson
-
Smith

The Restaurant and Catering Consultants ..all things Food and
its


People
,

Product
,

Profile and Profit

jbs@benson
-
smith.co.uk

45
people have recommended John

"Having known John Benson
-
Smith for close to 20 yrs, his tenacity
& passion for food seem not to have abated. If anything they have
intensified with time! John is a true visionary and from our first
meeting at the V&A Hotel in Manchester it became apparent

that
JBS was destined for great things
,
which is why it comes as no
surprise to see John imparting his knowledge and expertise at
MCFC, Etihad Stadium. It has been delightful working with John
at the Etihad and I'm looking forward to continuing our
working
relationship in the coming months and years,"



Mark Cooke CFSP, MIH,
Account Manager North, Gram UK
Ltd,
was with another company when working with John at
MANCHESTER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB

"Exceptional skills, knowledge, desire and flair to deliver l
arge
scale hospitality, food production and major events in various
business operating models. John has a fantastic understanding of
the industry and the solutions for improvement in varied business
challenges. Passionate about food and service, with the a
bility to
build and design strategy whilst implement the operational vision
and delivery. A great team motivator and delivers every time."



Gordon Mackenzie,
Director of Catering, Manchester
Central,
was with another company when working with John
at MANCHE
STER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB


18


"John is professionalism and dedication personified and his
commitment to the catering and hospitality industry and his
necessity to try and improve it is there for everyone to see. He is a
true gentleman and has been a pleasure to

know and work
alongside."



Gary Richards,
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER,
CHR Equipment,
worked with John at MANCHESTER CITY
FOOTBALL CLUB

"I worked with Chef John Benson Smith on a few projects and I
can honestly say in the 20+ years I have been involved
in catering I
have never met a more honest, professional and knowledge person.
Chef John Benson Smith is a credit to his industry."



Nigel Cannon,
Area Sales Manager, Terinex,
was a consultant
or contractor to John at MANCHESTER CITY FOOTBALL
CLUB

"I had
the pleasure to work with John whilst at MCFC and
subsequently have sought his advice and guidance in other
positions and companies, most recently whilst with the National
Trust. His technical knowledge, and

business acumen have always
been his main attrib
utes but his personality and sense of humour
enable him to communicate at all levels to all of the staff pool
, all
this whilst giving the on
-
site confidence to deliver the show'. I
would always
recommend John and his company’s

services to
every area and aspect of the industry, he's a tough task master who
gains respect through hard work and excellence; you may also
notice that he has enjoyed a meal or two himself. I look forward to
the next opportunity to work alongside him."



P
aul Andrews Garth,
Director, AG Catering Consultants,
worked directly with John at Manchester City Football Club



19

"Working with John was an absolute pleasure. The man comes
with inventiveness, ideas, super energy and a concise detailed
knowledge of the ind
ustry that in my opinion is second to none.
His ability to digest your requirements and deliver results is a
credit to his attentiveness and professionalism. I would highly
recommended his work and any business looking to improve
would need look no further

than JBS!!!"



John McAughtrie,
was John's client


"John is always a
pleasure to work with and his passion and enthusiasm for the job is
infectious."



Chris Bull,
Photographer, Chris Bull Photography,
worked
directly with John at Manchester City Football

Club

"I've worked with many of the greats in the industry, but when it
comes to pure energy, creativity, experience, skill and knowledge,
John has few peers. Bring John in on any project and you can be
assured of success. A totally memorable guy, great se
nse of
humour, top professional."



Gordon Cartwright,
Uk and Overseas Key Account Manager,
AA Hotel Services,
was a consultant or contractor to John at
Manchester City Football Club

"John is the most energetic, creative and innovative guy I have had
the p
leasure of working with. His passion for the business is
second to none and to top it all he's an all round top guy and it is
all always a genuine pleasure to work with him"



Rob Earle,
General Manager
-

Stadium Catering, Event
Management Catering,
worked

indirectly for John at BENSON
-
SMITH LIMITED "THOUGHT FOR FOOD"




20

"John's career and ability as a chef is well documented and without
question of the very highest standards. Where John sets himself
apart from other catering professionals is his ability to
provide first
class consultancy advice on the wider requirements of events, both
budget and high end. His financial understanding to deliver the
finest menus whilst balancing the needs of the client and customer
is second to none. John is a strategic think
er with both creative
flair and a common sense approach to the most c
omplex of
situations in an ever
-
demanding market. John's talents also extend
to great team building events in the kitchen, which give everyone a
unique 1:1 teaching experience along with
enjoyment and fun,
testament to John's culinary skills and character. I would
recommend John without hesitation irrespective of the size and
scope of catering challenge faced."



Trevor Goddard,
Sales Manager, Manchester City Football
Club,
worked with Joh
n at

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BENSON
-
SMITH LIMITED "THOUGHT FOR FOOD"

"John is a high class chef, consultant and food developer. Always
coming up with great ideas and thoughts. A real professional,
innovative and creative. Any project he was working at ended as a
100% succe
ss. It was a pleasure to work with
-

learned a lot from
JBS in all catering and hospitality areas. What should i Say more??
John a big thank you for the experience I earned working with
you..."



Adrian Goroncy,
Owner, Goroncy Consulting,
was with
another co
mpany when working with John at BENSON
-
SMITH LIMITED "THOUGHT FOR FOOD"




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"I have worked with John at the BCMF Club in

Stoke on Trent. He
worked extremely hard at turning the Club around and motivating
the Staff. I would recommend to all."



Max Dudson,
was John's client

"John is a hugely talented
creative chef. An ideas man, who insp
ires all around him. I would
re
commend

John in a flash ! Regards Wayne"



Wayne Hitchman,
was John's client

"John is a passionate and highly experienced idividual that
contri
buted significantly to creating the vision, strategy and
delivery of all catering and hospitality concepts from the
Chairman's Lounge, Platinum Executive Boxes, Public/Retail and
marquee events for 1000+. We quickly established the venue as
one of the prem
ier venues in the UK, won many awards and grew
revenues and profitability significantly. His enthusiasm, leadership,
attention to detail, quality and product knowledge are just a few of
his exceptional skills. One of the very best and a great ambassador
fo
r the food, hotel, catering and hospitality industry."



David Chell,
was John's client

"John is incredibly passionate about what he does and strives for
perfection day in day out. He's innovative, creative, full of ideas
with a desire and ambition for bus
inesses to be the best and stand
out from the crowd. A fa
s
cinating character with plenty of tales to
tell!"



Angela Hodson,
Conference and Events Sales Manager,
Manchester City Football Club,
worked directly with John at
Benson
-
Smith Limited (Thought for
Food)





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"John is a highly talented chef and motivated leader. I presented to
John Benson
-
Smith while working for chicken joes. He was very
open minded and offered some great advice to me. We
implemented the concept with Johns drive.. He is very knowledge
and offers great support to others. Open up your business to him
and he will leave you a lot better off. Its like having 100 chefs
suddenly on your pay role. Make the call to john now."



Craig Miles,
Group Account Manager, love joes food company,
was with

another company when working with John at Benson
-
Smith Limited (Thought for Food)

"I had the great delight to work with John as part of the Better
Hospital Food Panel whilst I was at the Department of Health.
John worked as one of seven top leading chefs
under the leadership
of Loyd Grossman and reporting into the Sec of State for Health
and the team between them provided the NHS with the tools and
education to revolutionise and modernise catering services to many
thousands of patients across the country.
John is a great team
player, highly creative at his art and someone who does so much to
inspire people to want to enter the catering industry."



Paul Cryer,
Programme Manager, UK Department of Health,
worked directly with John at Benson
-
Smith Limited (Tho
ught for
Food)

"John (or JBS as he is better known within the industry) was a
huge help to me at a fairly crucial time in my career, which I truly
believe has helped in me getting to where I am today. He is a
wealth of a knowledge, a true professional and
someone that I
would be proud to work with or for in the future."



Iain Cartwright,
Conference and Banqueting Operations
Manager, Manchester City Football Club,
worked indirectly
for John at Benson
-
Smith Limited (Thought for Food)



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"If I need a Hotel and
Catering Consultant to recommend to a
client, John is always the first person I would turn to. He know his
stuff, he's definitely different and he knows about making money.
Oh and he's a damn good chef too!"



Richard Mellor,
Managing Director, Cummins Mel
lor
Recruitment,
was with another company when working with John
at Benson
-
Smith Limited (Thought for Food)

"I have known John for almost 30 years and during that time he
has been an active member of The Master Chefs of Great Britain
and an inspiration to
many young chefs."



Susan McGeever,
Secretary, The Master Chefs of Great
Britain,
worked with John at Benson
-
Smith Limited (Thought for
Food)

"John is a first class professional with a passion for food and the
Hospitality Industry. His experience across m
any top level
operations in five star hotels and restaurants as well as high
volume, quality driven volume establishments including venues
such as Manchester City Football Club and the Birmingham
Hippodrome is vast.Such experience combined with his knowled
ge
of the food and drinks industry ensures he very well placed to
consult on all aspects of the profession. A creative, pro
-

active
Manager, there are few people in the industry better qualified to
seek and advise on how all types of Catering businesses o
perate
and work. John has helped and mentored many chefs through his
career, a true hospitality professional, a grounded and gifted guy
who is very approachable and inspires. A rare find who is
respected throughout the industry enormously."



Michelle Mell
or,
Director, Cummins Mellor Recruitment,
worked with John at Benson
-
Smith Limited (Thought for Food)



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"I first met John many moons ago but he made a significant and
lasting impact on me. John is not only a very talented chef but an
inspiration and mentor

to those around him. He is commercially
minded, has a keen eye

for a PR opportunity and, most of all, has
pin
-
sharp customer focus. This is indeed a very rare and
immensely powerful skill set."



David Vickerstaff,
Assistant Manager, Black Swan Hotel
Helm
sley,
worked directly with John at Benson
-
Smith Limited
(Thought for Food)

"I have known John now for around 20 years and worked with him
on a number of occasions. John is a true professional in everything
he does. I found him honest and totally reliable.
His knowledge of
the catering industry and food and food service systems
imparticular is second to none, I always welcome the opportunity
to work with John. Ron Neville MD CHR Equipment Ltd"



Ron Neville,
MD, CHR Equipment Ltd,
was with another
company wh
en working with John at Benson
-
Smith Limited
(Thought for Food)

"I worked with John at the V&A Manchester where he was
personally accredited with establishing the hotels widely found
acclamation, not just with the F&B activities but the hotel as a
whole. J
ohn is a great guy to work with, he is inspiring in his
thoughts, supportive in his style, innovative in his thinking and
embracing with his colleagues. His passion for perfection
surpasses even the highest of expectations and demands. The
initiatives whic
h John took at the V&A have been copied so many
times by others, and whilst he has moved on to greater challenges,
others still replicate and copy his legacy.



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If you have the opportunity to work with John, either as part of
your team or your business, do
n’t think about it for too long as
someone else will make the decision before you do and you will
lose a

great opportunity and a great g
uy! Good luck John, you
continue to get the rewards you so rightly deserve...."



Peter Fancy,
Operations Manager, Head of Operations, Food
& Beverage Manager, Granada Roadside Restaurants,
worked
directly with John at Benson
-
Smith Limited (Thought for Food)

"John is a extremely knowledgeable and strong guy to work with
on any project be it a new ve
nture or an existing business which
needs revitalising. Working with John will bring excellent results
as he gives 110%. Looking forward to working with both John &
Ali on a project early 2013."



Michael Harrison,

C
hef
T
o
G
o,
worked with John at Benson
-
S
mith Limited (Thought for Food)

"John was our consultant chef at our EMC business and during that
time provided an invaluable service to ourselves and our clients.
His knowledge of the hospitality industry, large stadia catering and
his obvious love of foo
d is probably second to none."



David Watt,
was John's client

"John is a totally committed
professional with huge drive and commitment in every thing he
does. I have

absolutely no hesitation in recommending John."



Simon Kershaw,
commercial and strategic

direction, Playford
Ros / House of Townsend,
worked with John at Benson
-
Smith
Limited (Thought for Food)






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"John is one of the most energetic, hard working and professional
people that I have come across in the hotel and restaurant business.
He also has

a very creative and original way of looking at
challenges. He is a very loyal and very sincere person as well as
being forthright and commanding respect from both colleagues and
others in the industry.

An original thinker, who works very hard."



Andrew
Firth,
Managing Director, Playford Ros Limited,
was
with another company when working with John at Benson
-
Smith
Limited (Thought for Food)

"I recommend John he has always been a co
m
mi
t
ted, and
extremely hard working professional. He is talented, motivated
and
thorough in all areas of his professional life. I would recommend
him extremely highly!"



Roy Briggs,
Managing partner, Food Manager Testing LLC,
worked directly with John at Benson
-
Smith Limited (Thought for
Food)

"John is an inspiration, he is
outrageously creative, thrives on a
challenge and always delivers. He is a pleasure to work with"



Dawn Holding,
marketing, spirit marketing,
worked directly
with John at Benson
-
Smith Limited (Thought for Food)

"I have had the recent pleasure of working c
losely with John. His
creativity and passion for constant improvement have been a
welcome addittion to my senior management team. John's
involment in the business involved much more than the Olympic
efforts he was integral to the planning and behaviour in
the
business."



Philip Batty,
was John's client




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"John is inspirational, with his business partner Ali he delivers
wonderful but focused creative sessions relevant to the brief. They
are a seamless integration of front and back of house which
enables you
to win business, hold highly productive creative
sessions and clarify key business issues in both food and
foodservice."



James Osgood,
was John's client

"JBS
-

An Expert. If you want the best, call in JBS. From make
-
over to management, product developmen
t and endorsements,
demonstrations, speaker, in fact anything to do with catering
-

John
is your man. If there is a problem get him in, if you want icing on
the corporate cake he'll spread it thickly. A pleasure to work with
and deeply dependable, this ver
satile and talented chef is the turn
-
key solution to anything hospitality related."



Rosemary Melbourne,
was John's client

"John was of great
assistance in shaping and preparing our various catering operations
for a more

contemporary and forward thinking
era."



Gary Aymes,
was John's client

"in his job superb 100% nice to work with! thank you for a
n

excellent experience........J.B.S."



Stefan Nietsche,
Chef de Partie / Jr. Sous Chef, Santa Ponca
Country Club Spain,
was with another company when working
with John at Santa Ponca Country Club Mallorca Palma Spain

"John is a true professional who has great organisational skills and
man management and has been one of the biggest influences on me
and my career to date and i still look to john for advice. I wou
ld
have no problem in recommending john and his skills for any
hospitality role. Every business would benefit from Johns ever
watchful eye and organisation. A great guy!!"



Justin Pledger,
General Manager & Licensee, The Boat House,

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St Aubin,
reported to
John at JERSEY BOATHOUSE GROUP (ST
AUBIN)

"John is very profesional and was alway
s a pleasure to work with
him. I
would love to work with him again some day."



Kirt Kircher,
Executive Chef, Santa Ponca Country Club,
worked directly with John at The Jerse
y Boathouse St Aubin
Jersey Channel Islands

"A great BOSS, real professional. Would love to work with JOHN
any time again"



Adrian Goroncy,
Head Waiter / Administrator, The Boat
House Jersey,
reported to John at The Jersey Boathouse St Aubin
Jersey Channe
l Islands

"If you wrote a book about common sense and charisma it would
be
en
titled John Benson
-
Smith. Larger than life character with a
winning smile. The ability to communicate with anyone
immediately. No airs and graces, tells it like it is. My only
com
plaint is that he is too modest."



Colin Holmes,
was John's client



John Benson
-
Smith is a Chef and Consultant of the highest
calibre, very talented,innovative and creative. a

true inspiration
and great example to the food industry.
H
e inspired me and
drove me forward in my career."



Matthew Benson
-
Smith,
Head Chef, Hazelwood Castle
Hotel /Restaurant/Cookery school,
worked directly with
John at Hazlewood Castle


"Hey John
.

Thanks a lot for all those kind words
.

It is and always

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shall be a pleasure to work with you anywhere
, anytime. Dedicated
hard
-
working non
-
egotistic individuals are totally my cup of tea
and it was indeed my pleasure to have had the privilege of working
with you on such an important progr
amme
as healthy food in the
NHS.
Have fun always Cyrus Sorry about the Cafe Spice detail
this only accepts a select position"



Cyrus Todiwala,
Chef Patron, Cafe Spice Namaste Limited,
worked directly with John at NHS

"John provided excellent help and support o
n product and range
development delivering practical food solutions in his inimitable
style! A great man to do business with."



Phil Ellis,
Commercial Director, Danbys Foods,
was with
another company when working with John at The Restaurant and
Catering
Consultancy

"I worked with John to develop a range of Celebrity Chef
sandwiches he was both creative and good fun to work with.

I
would highly recommend John"



David Franks,
was John's client

"I met John 18 years ago when I placed him at the Victoria and

Albert Hotel in Manchester, his flair charisma, innovation and
ability to attract attention were at that time totally unique. I have
watched his career develop over two decades, he is a real character
with a depth of catering knowledge. If you are looking

for
someone to give an honest opinion and a fresh perspective to your
business, contact John immediately, he thinks round corners and
understands that profit is the ultimate goal."



Richard Mellor,
Managing Director, Cummins Mellor
Recruitment,
was a con
sultant or contractor to John at Granada TV
Victoria and Albert Hotel Manchester

"John has been an inspiration and a mentor


an innovator, a world

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class communicator and a master of his craft. He remains at the
head of his field, with a unique, structured

approach and the ability
to deliver real value to any food service business"



Alec Howard,
Managing Director, Food & Beverage Solutions
Limited,
worked directly with John at Granada TV Victoria and
Albert Hotel Manchester

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