Chef Michael Smith and Sodexo Join Forces for a Sustainable Alliance



    BURLINGTON, ON, June 11 /CNW/ - Michael Smith, Canada's best-known chef
and Sodexo Canada are pleased to announce that they have created a broad based
strategic alliance. Sodexo and Chef Michael will begin collaborating on
several areas including sustainable culinary practices, employee training and
development, while also supporting the company's hunger charity; the Sodexo
Foundation.
    Smith is a passionate advocate for the food service and hospitality
industry and a natural fit for Sodexo, a leading provider of Quality of Life
Services including food and facilities management. Chef Smith is personally
excited by the opportunity to align professionally with Sodexo, "I am a huge
fan of the company and see this as a way to continue reaching out to consumers
everywhere." Michael is internationally known for his dedication to the
indigenous producers of Canada as well as his contemporary creative cuisine.
    "Sodexo's culinary team across the country lives our values of Team
Spirit, Service Spirit and the Spirit of Progress. With Michael joining our
extended culinary team, there's no doubt in my mind that they will strengthen
these values and enrich the overall dining experience for our customers," adds
Jon Kristjanson Senior Vice President at Sodexo. "I am also grateful that
Michael will help Sodexo in our fight against hunger, which despite our
overall prosperity as a country plagues millions of Canadians."
    Chef Michael is the winner of the James Beard Award for Cooking Show
Excellence and host of Chef at Home, Chef at Large and The Inn Chef on Food
Network Canada and in 26 other countries. Currently Michael is in production
on a brand new series - Chef Abroad that is set to air Fall 2008 on Food
Network Canada. Michael is an award winning cookbook author, newspaper
columnist, roving Canadian cuisine ambassador, restaurant chef and home cook.
His third cookbook, Chef at Home is a smash hit across Canada.
    Sodexo has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, World
Index, and STOXX Sustainability Index for three consecutive years. This year,
Dow Jones also recognized the company as a super sector worldwide leader on
sustainability. The company's corporate citizenship priorities include
fighting hunger and malnutrition, improving the quality of life of those
served, promoting health & wellness, conducting ethical business, and
promoting sustainability. Sodexo's food and environmental platform in North
America focuses on sourcing and providing locally grown foods, improving
nutrition, promoting local economies, energy conservation and carbon
reduction, reducing the use of toxic chemicals, integrated waste management
and minimizing packaging.

    Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexo.com), part of the international Sodexo Group, is
the leading integrated food and facilities management services company in the
Canada, the US and Mexico, with $7.3 billion in annual revenue and 125,000
employees. Sodexo serves more than ten million customers daily in
corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools,
college campuses, government and remote sites. Sodexo Canada is a member of
Sodexo Group, and funds the Sodexo Foundation an independent charitable
organization that, since its founding in 2001, has donated more than 350,000
free meals to at risk youth in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Press Contact: Jon Kristjanson, Tel: (877)
632-8592 Ext. 250, E-mail: jon.kristjanson@sodexo.com


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