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June 7, 2018

New chef @ Southland Hospital Cafe

Technical ‘twist’ to recipes = yum, yum, yum

FROM small-town dishwasher to cooking world-class cuisine at some of our country’s premier restaurants, our new Chef Tyler Didier aims to bring it all to Southland Hospital Café.

Our café has been revamped as part of our retail transformation strategy. Tyler and the team have created fresh, modern menus for the busy hospital, including poached chicken breast with creamy tarragon sauce, and vegetable and …


April 12, 2018

Feeding hungry uni students …

DELICIOUS new outlets were recently launched at Massey University’s Albany campus, giving students even more flavoursome cuisine choices. BUILD pizza by design and reVolution noodles (ramen, pho, dumpling) have been brought to New Zealand, following on from USA-based success. So far, students are loving the new flavours!     


March 12, 2018

Partnership feeds Kiwi kids

KIWI kids will benefit from the generosity of New Zealanders, thanks to a new partnership between Eat My Lunch and Compass Group New Zealand (Compass).

In a first-time agreement with a major food services provider, Eat My Lunch hopes to be selling its lunches and dinners across Compass sites in Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton. Within six weeks, 1,674 lunches were given to Kiwi kids that would otherwise have gone without.

“Wow! This …


February 27, 2018

Energy + creativity + collaboration = win, win, win!

A PARTNERSHIP between our team at Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre and education provider NZMA is very much a win-win-win!

“We began working with NZMA in 2017 as one way to support students and for them to gain valuable real-life hospitality experience,” says Operations Manager Steve McClay, adding that Compass has always worked with education providers to enable future hospitality ‘stars’ to grow and learn.

“This is a vital partnership. While it supports …


January 8, 2018

Richard Cousins – an extraordinary leader

COMPASS Group New Zealand is deeply saddened by the tragic accident that so recently took the lives of Richard Cousins and his family. He was an extraordinary CEO and leader and a good man, who led with integrity and passion. We have been humbled by the many messages of condolence that we have received for Richard, reflecting the respect he generated around the world. If you would like to send …


December 21, 2017

Christmas spirit spreads from kitchens to wards

Patients across New Zealand will be treated to a traditional seasonal meal including long-time favourites, such as Christmas ham and cranberry sauce and plum pudding with custard.

“When we are feeling unwell, we do feel very vulnerable particularly if we have to spend time away from loved ones. At this time of year, it can be even harder for patients and their families to cope with illness,” says Julian Baldey, Medirest …


December 12, 2017

YesChef programme spearheads cuisine-led approach

Compass Group New Zealand (Compass) released its culinary YesChef programme to the aged care sector, in a move to surprise and delight village residents at mealtimes.

YesChe was launched at Auckland-based Selwyn Village to clients and key stakeholders, who were treated to a live theatre-style cooking demonstration and tasting session. Caswell House care home residents were also treated to a cooking presentation and provided with a meal.

YesChef is inspired by Compass’s …


December 5, 2017

Thumbs up for aged care pilot

MEDIREST’s Senior Living team has rolled out a pilot initiative to Christchurch-based Nurse Maude, to explore village residents’ response to a fresh approach around texture-modified meals.

The Let’s Enjoy project has received positive feedback from village residents, careworkers and nursing staff.

Texture modified meals are an important part of some resident’s care, perhaps needed after a stroke or if they have swallowing conditions. Dietitian Yuhan Zhang and the team have been working …


December 5, 2017

Decade of service reaps rewards

OUR Tauranga Hospital team celebrated 10 years of committed food services on 1 November! Of the 54-strong team, eight people have been there from day one.

As one of the ‘original eight’, Operations Manager Greg Oliver has seen many positive changes, including transformation of the retail cafés, Ground Floor Café and the Staff Café in July 2017.

“The Staff Café revamp has been a hit and our new salad bar is popular. …


December 5, 2017

Tantalising flavours treat travellers

NEW Zealand’s best fresh produce and dishes, married with the complex, aromatic flavours of Asia, are delighting Auckland Airport’s Strata Lounge visitors.

In September, the $4 million lounge opened its doors to international travellers inviting them to relax in a contemporary space, while enjoying fine cuisine and a variety of beverages.

Bringing his European flair to the menu, Compass’s Head Chef Vadim Zerr is also collaborating with celebrity Kiwi chef Brett McGregor …


October 26, 2017

Collaborative partnership boosts gluten-free capability

A NEW partnership between Compass Group New Zealand (Compass) and Nestlé Professional presents the opportunity to provide a wider range of foods that meet the needs of people on a gluten-free diet.

“Our dietitians work closely with our clients to create nutritional, gluten-free healthy menus,” says Compass Retail and Supply Chain’s Solutions Director, Jane Fitzpatrick.

“This exciting partnership will enable us to add to this important part of our service, as it …


September 29, 2017

First ‘gluten-friendly’ accreditation in student halls recognised

WELLINGTON’s Victoria University is the first tertiary institution to achieve Coeliac accreditation in New Zealand, thanks to a partnership between Compass Group New Zealand (Compass) and Coeliac New Zealand (Coeliac NZ).

Compass provides food and support services to the university’s six Halls of Residence. The company partnered with Coeliac NZ in 2016, to achieve gluten-free accreditation through independent auditing company SGS in August 2017.


September 1, 2017

Compass top chefs scoop medals

Four of our ‘top chefs’ brought their passion for cuisine and cooking to the annual NZ Hospitality Championships 2017, scooping six medals at the fiercely contested national event.

More than 800 competitors cooked their hearts out, with challengers from primary school age in the Kiwi Kids Can Cook competition through to professional chefs competing in over 74 classes.

“This is an outstanding result and we’re incredibly proud of Korapin Sripong, Rangi Apera, …


August 30, 2017

Great team player celebrated

Kitchen assistant Matthew Bush celebrated his 10-year work anniversary at Compass with his family, friends, and workmates.

In 2007, Southern Cross Brightside cook Somporn Widgery – who is also Matthew’s caregiver and friend – brought him to work with her. And he loved it!

“Matthew was so helpful and enthusiastic, we were delighted he wanted to be part of our kitchen team and that he is still working with us 10 years …


July 24, 2017

Compass News – Issue 1, July 2017

Find out what our great teams are doing across New Zealand – from collaborating with the Kaikoura community, to supporting FoodShare, to improving people’s lives through food technology innovations and healthy, nutritious meals and menus . Also, try out our delicious Pulled-Pork Bao Bun recipe! Enjoy!

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May 16, 2017

Students benefit from hospital kitchen training

A LOVE of food, learning and supporting people to succeed are what motivates Middlemore Hospital’s Food Services Manager Karen Reynecke.

With a background in food services education, Karen began working for Compass Group New Zealand’s (Compass) in 2015 when she took up the challenge to run one of the country’s busiest hospital kitchens. While Karen’s focus is on the kitchen, the ‘classroom’ beckoned when she was invited to give a motivational …


April 18, 2017

Graduate pursues cookery dream

FRESH produce, family and ‘foodie’ tendencies motivated Mars Petcare Catering Assistant Hannah Cairncross to achieve her Professional Cookery Diploma, from Wanganui Universal College of Learning.

Hannah began working for Compass Group New Zealand (Compass) in Wanganui as a casual employee in 2016. This experience inspired Hannah to explore study options to further her career in cooking and baking; today she is part of the Compass permanent employees team.

“I have worked for …


March 30, 2017

Massey University first to benefit from technology solutions

MASSEY University students and staff will benefit from one of the country’s most flexible on-site food services payment options in New Zealand.

Compass Group New Zealand (Compass) introduced the #itsyourchoice food services payment offering to the Albany and Manawatu campuses, in response to increased demand for more flexibility and choice around meals on campus.

“The university asked us to come up with a more flexible approach to paying and choosing meals at …


March 30, 2017

Reviewers bowled over by University of Otago Oval food

CRICKET reporters rated Compass Group New Zealand’s (Compass) food the best in the country at the University of Otago Oval.

As part of a ‘best cricket experiences’ in New Zealand review, the University of Otago Oval, Saxton Oval and Bay Oval tied with the top scores. While tied, the reviewers admitted: “In truth, Dunedin is best”.

Compass’s Sports and Leisure Sector catered for the South Africa test cricket series in Dunedin, pulling …


March 24, 2017

CHT residents celebrate St Paddy’s Day

CHT resident Frank Nicolas and Compass / Medirest’s Senior Living Implementation Specialist Jamie Wan celebrate.

CHT CELEBRATED St Patrick’s Day with its residents with a little Irish flair, over a themed lunch and decorated dining areas across 12 Auckland facilities and three facilities in Bay of Plenty.

“It was a lovely occasion for the residents, who said they enjoyed their meal of Dublin Coddle – bacon and pork sausages stew, Colcannon – …