A company with a Michelin-starred restaurant has taken over the catering at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium.
London-based Sodexo had signed an eight-year deal in February 2014 to provide all hospitality at the venue but that has been discontinued.
Instead, bosses at Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd (KSDL) have entered into partnership with award-winning private company KUDOS.
The Examiner understands that stadium contracts often have break clauses that can be triggered any time. This was one that both parties agreed to.
Kudos say the new relationship will “increase the quality of the catering and hospitality and bring a pioneering new spirit of partnership to the stadium.”
Built on a passion for delivering the highest quality hospitality, delicious food and a commitment to customer service, it is claimed the partnership will improve the experience for fans, sponsors and business users, both on match days and non-match days.
The partnership is a joint venture between KUDOS, Huddersfield Town, Huddersfield Giants and stadium operators KSDL.
With 35 years of hospitality experience, KUDOS are set to bring a fresh and creative approach to the catering offering at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The stadium also hosts entertainment, business conferencing and networking events and will soon be added to with the new HD One Leisure project
Gareth Davies, managing director of KSDL, said: “Flexibility and a willingness to move away from standard practices within the stadium catering sector was the key to us working with KUDOS on our future plans.
“This relationship isn’t an outside caterer, this relationship will be a true partnership where all the stakeholders of this fantastic stadium have a say in the future of the service we offer to our customers.
“KUDOS are a business focused on delivering excellence and with an eye for detail. They even have a two-Michelin star restaurant within the group.”
KUDOS are committed to minimising their environmental impact, and are proud supporters of using local and British produce to provide a sustainable catering service, which was something that also appealed to the stadium partners.”
KUDOS senior partner Charles Beer said: “We are genuinely excited to be starting this partnership with Huddersfield Town , the Giants and KSDL at a stadium that offers so much across the year to the region.”