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Chair of London Food Board commends Sustainability pledge


One Great George Street demonstrates its commitment to sustainability by signing the Food Legacy Pledge and Sustainable Fish City Pledge

Food, glorious food! Demonstrating its commitment to providing safer, healthier and more sustainably sourced food, One Great George Street - the award-winning venue in the heart of Westminster – has signed the Food Legacy Pledge, inspired by the Food Legacy Programme and the London 2012 Food Vision, supported by the Mayor of London. One George Street has also signed up to the Sustainable Fish City pledge, supporting the campaign for London to buy, serve and eat only sustainable fish.

One Great George Street has been chosen as the venue for the London Media Centre, which will host unaccredited media during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The venue is now working with the Mayor of London to make the Media Centre as sustainable as possible, in line with the wider ambition for London 2012 to be the most sustainable Games ever. This has been exemplified by the high standards that have been set for food for the games. London 2012 will be the first Olympic and Paralympic Games to have a Food Vision that sets standards of health and sustainability. This includes a commitment to serve only sustainable fish on all menus. Inspired by these standards the Mayor has been working with Sustain, an alliance of food and farming organisations, to inspire the food sector to adopt these standards. One Great George Street is leading the field by signing up to both the Sustainable Fish City and Food Legacy pledges. In addition to providing healthier, locally sourced and sustainable food, the award-winning Westminster Collection venue already ensures that no waste generated goes to landfill sites.

“Leaving behind a sustainability legacy is of great magnitude. One Great George Street is a magnificent neo-classical building and a dedicated conference and events venue located in one of the best known areas in the world. We will provide the central London based media with a distinctive level of service during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games and this encompasses the food we serve. We will honour our commitment and will abide by the Food Legacy Pledge and the Sustainable Fish City Pledge to serve nutritious, healthy, ethically produced meat, sustainable fish, free range eggs, Fair-trade products and locally sourced British produce throughout One Great George Street,” confirmed Gary Payne, Director of the award-winning venue.

Rosie Boycott, Chair of London Food Board said: 'Five stars to One Great George street for committing to providing healthier, locally sourced, delicious food. The 2012 Games offers us a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire change through the adoption of good food standards for the benefit of Londoners and all those visiting our city, including the vast numbers of media who will be using the London Media Centre.'

Both Brasserie One and the Café Bar at the premier conference, meeting and events venue already cater for a range of dietary requirements including: vegans, vegetarians and those that have various allergies such as gluten or nut intolerances. “People are becoming more ethically and morally aware of the source of their food,” commented Executive Chef David Wilkinson. “As Executive Chef, I purchase seasonal, locally sourced produce where possible. When creating bespoke menus for events, it is imperative to use sustainable fish and meat that has been produced to verifiably higher standards of animal welfare and environmental protection. Our Café Bar serves Fairtrade tea and coffee. These changes are minor, yet result in meaningful commitments not just for 2012, but beyond.”

With conference, meeting, event and corporate hospitality enquiries at this prestigious venue ever increasing, companies are advised to contact [email protected] or call (0)20 7665 2323 without delay.

For further information regarding One Great George Street please contact Li Boatwright at Storrington Communications [email protected]

For more information regarding the Sustainable Fish City Pledge and the Food Legacy Pledge please visit www.sustainweb.org/sustainablefishcity and www.foodlegacy.org

Notes to editors
The London 2012 Food standards are supported by the Mayor of London and were spearheaded by Rosie Boycott and the London Food Board with the support of national food and farming organisations. The London 2012 food standards commit its caterers to use British, seasonal and farm assured foods, sustainably sourced fish and food produced to higher animal welfare standards. In addition, bananas, tea, coffee, chocolate and sugar will be Fairtrade and traditional cheese such as cheddar must be British. Healthier cooking methods, such as grilling and steaming, will be used, and healthier meal options will be available for everyone. The London 2012 commitments show that good food can be achieved whilst still maintaining profit margins.

For more information about the Food Legacy programme, inspired by the London 2012 Food Vision, see: www.foodlegacy.org

For more information about the Sustainable Fish City campaign, see: www.sustainablefishcity.net