IHG® Announces First Global Children's Hotel Menu Designed by Top
LONDON, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today
announces the launch of the first global children's hotel menu designed
by a child food expert and an award winning chef. The menu, which
launches at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in early 2014, promises
to take children through an exciting journey of food discovery.
Designed specifically for the young InterContinental guest, the menu has
been jointly developed by award winning celebrity chef Theo Randall and
leading children's food expert and best-selling international author,
Annabel Karmel MBE. The menu will feature delicious dishes which
embrace flavours, textures, smells and tastes that will take children
on an educational voyage around the world while ensuring an enjoyable
and nutritionally balanced meal.
Annabel Karmel MBE said: "Children are naturally inquisitive, and grown-ups are often
surprised by the flavours they enjoy. Sometimes it takes a little
encouragement, and a holiday with the family can be a great opportunity
to explore new and exciting foods.
"Working with Theo, we've created a menu filled with diverse flavours
and tastes whilst offering the nutritional balance InterContinental
travellers with young families are looking for."
Annabel is best known for her innovative recipes that embody her passion
for giving children the very best start in life by inspiring families
to cook nutritious, delicious meals that taste great. Few people also
know that Annabel started working life as a musician and one of her
early jobs was playing the harp at the InterContinental London Park
Lane. Theo, on the other hand, is internationally renowned for creating
simple, authentic dishes using the best and freshest ingredients.
"My cooking philosophy is greatly influenced by my parents' love for
good food," said Theo Randall, Chef Patron of Theo Randall at the InterContinental. "Growing up, a memorable family holiday was always one with great food
experiences. I've found that I learn quickest about different cultures
and cities through the flavours of cuisines at each destination I visit
and this is something I hope to bring to life for the children who
visit InterContinental restaurants around the globe."
With properties in more than 60 countries and 170 hotels,
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is dedicated to providing diverse,
enriching experiences that are rich with local insight. The new
children's menu is set to excite the junior palate through a variety of
classic favourites and truly international delights that reflect the
breadth of countries the luxury hotel brand is located in.
As part of the menu's development, Annabel and Theo conducted a test and
learn tasting session with young guests in October. The dishes trialled
proved a big hit and provided the culinary duo with additional insight
into the dishes they will roll out as part of the final menu.
Simon Scoot, Vice President Global Brands, InterContinental Hotels &
Resorts and IHG Global Resorts said: "A great dining experience is something our guests expect when staying
with us - and we're dedicated to innovating and delivering this across
all our brands at IHG. For InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in
particular, we understand our guests' desire to give their children the
best opportunities to learn about the world whilst having fun - and
food is a great opportunity to do this."
He continued, "This partnership is based on the principle of 'Food
Exploration' which is all about creating food experiences children will
find intriguing and exciting. At the same time we want to reassure
parents that our children's menus are nutritionally balanced - just
another way we endeavour to give our guests piece of mind when they are
away from home."
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts will roll out the new menu from
January 2014 and it will be available in all properties globally by the
end of June 2014.
This menu launch is a key part of a renewed food and beverage focus for
IHG, whose family of brands also includes Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts
and Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts. IHG's team of chefs and food experts
globally are working on a number of new programmes to improve and
enhance the food and beverage experiences guests can enjoy across the
company's family of nine brands and more than 4,600 hotels globally.
For more information on InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, visit www.ihg.com/intercontinental. To explore IHG Rewards Club, the world's largest hotel loyalty
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Notes to Editors:
About InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts: The InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand has 170 hotels located in
more than 60 countries with local insight that comes from over 60 years
of experience. As a brand, we believe that superior, understated
service and outstanding facilities are important, but what makes us
truly different is the genuine interest we show in our guests. Our
desire is to help guests make the most of their time. We connect our
well-travelled guests to what's special about a destination, by sharing
our knowledge, so they enjoy authentic experiences that will enrich
their lives and broaden their outlook. For more information, visit www.intercontinental.com, https://twitter.com/InterConHotels or http://www.facebook.com/intercontinental.
About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group): IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] is a
global organisation with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands,
including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne
Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn
Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and
HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts.
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loyalty programme with over 76 million members worldwide. The programme
was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members
including free internet for Elites across all hotels, globally.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and 679,000
guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than
1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around
90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is
incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
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