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Lockdown lunches inspire employees

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Since their pubs and restaurants closed Mitchells & Butlers team members have been craving that bit of normality linking them to the hospitality trade. Not normally a group who like to sit still too long they've been putting their skills to good use and are raising money for NHS Charities Together in their own unique way.

With many a skilled chef and plenty of food & drink fanatics within their ranks, the internal messaging boards have become a forum to share not just general chatter, but also recipes and cooking techniques. This has since evolved and with the help of M&B's Learning & Development team these recipes have been collated into the first "M&Be Inspired" virtual cookbook.

Featuring over 50 recipes, M&Be Inspired will include the likes of Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry by a Kitchen Skills Trainer to Chocolate Cupcakes with a Salted Caramel Centre from a Vintage Inns general manager, along with several expert cocktail recipes. The book showcases creativity and knowledge from industry professionals at the top of their game, providing exclusive insight into what they get up to in their kitchens at home.

The book can be download directly from the project's Just Giving Page, with donations encouraged and all proceeds shared directly with NHS Charities Together. With an initial target of £5,000 the team are looking to raise as much money as possible and inspire colleagues and the public to try out one of their carefully crafted recipes at home.

Group HR Director, Susan Martindale, said: "I am so proud of all of our people and how they have come together to support each other and their communities in what remain challenging times for us all. The M&Be Inspired digital cookbook is a terrific example of the sense of pride, purpose and belonging our team exhibit, and really showcases their passion for hospitality and creating fantastic food and drink to enjoy."

Through their internal messaging boards and various social media groups, team members have been highlighting the great work they've been doing to support their communities. These have included numerous pubs and restaurants operating as drop off and collection points for food packages for the vulnerable, distributing perishable stock within their communities and donating vital items and equipment to those in need.

For more information and to help the team reach their fundraising goal people can make a donation through the Just Giving page.

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