The perfect ingredient for Manchester United

I always get a tingle when I arrive at the famous Old Trafford Stadium. I’ve often sat in the seats and supported the Mighty Reds, but over the last year I’ve been visiting the kitchens rather than the stands.

The reason for my visit is to speak to Manchester United’s chef Tagg about his eagerness to support local growers. Tagg explained, “The reason we are embracing BRC and Red Tractor accreditation is that we want to support the British market, local produce, the farmers and the local workforce that surrounds it. We strive to be the best on and off the pitch. Using the best local ingredients is a vital part of reaching that goal.

“Wellocks is sourcing and preparing my orders, bespoke for my needs and delivering at a time specified to a number of delivery points. It takes the pressure off me, knowing that once my order is placed I can focus on other tasks, feeling sure it will arrive as specified.”

Tagg’s ambition is to up the ante for meals on match days, not just in numbers of covers served, but by using great local produce and minimising any niggles from customers.

I spent a great afternoon with chef Tagg, not just looking around a wonderful venue but learning how like-minded people can help each other push the boundaries and by working as a team, they can achieve shared goals. It’s great to see that we have common themes running through our businesses, further to that chef Tagg explains, “It’s all about customer service, about the experience of arriving in the car park, where you are greeted and guided into the stadium and then to your box, every attention to detail has been taken care of.

Wellocks is accredited with both Red Tractor Licence and BRC certificate.

December 2012