Contract Caterer Adds Café to Growing Portfolio


An award-winning Cardiff-based contract caterer has added another café to its growing portfolio.

Cleverchefs Group is taking over Cantley Park Café in Wokingham. It already runs three locations in the area. Cleverchefs has also established partnerships with visitor attractions including the National Lido at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd.

Founded in 2016 by Nick Collins, Cleverchefs provides food for the education, workplace and leisure sectors. It has grown from £2.7 million in 2019 to £11.9 million in 2023 and £16 million sales this year, with a growing portfolio of 82 schools, three workplaces and two leisure sites.

Nick, a chef for more than 20 years who also appeared on BBC’s Masterchef the Professionals in 2008, is hugely passionate about food and service. The café will serve its own brand ethically sourced fairtrade coffee called Ground Control, which is roasted in the UK and was created by Nick and an expert team of coffee makers.

He said:

“We are delighted to be adding to our growing portfolio in Wokingham and look forward to offering the locals a huge variety of flavoursome and exciting treats. We know how much people enjoy going out for a good cup of a coffee and we’re proud to offer our very own ground coffee and a selection of cakes and sweet treats produced by our own team of creative chefs.”

Cleverchefs recently won “Contract Caterer of the Year” at this year’s Public Sector Catering Awards and has been nominated for a prestigious Catey Award 2024.

It also earned a place at the most recent Wales Fast Growth 50 Awards, claiming the Fastest Growing Business-to-Business Services Firm and the Fastest Growing Cardiff Firm accolades there too.

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