"Working with Chris Barber
and the LFS team has been an important ingredient in the
creation and implementation of a new concept."

Sergio Mottola, Founder and CEO, Food Secret Limited

Our philosophy

The high standing of Leiths School of Food and Wine Ltd attracts many consultancy enquiries, in January 2006 Leiths School of Food and Wine appointed Chris Barber to grow this arm of the business as Leiths Food Solutions.

Projects include:

  • Evaluating restaurant/hotel opportunities for would-be purchasers
  • Devising and implementing management systems
  • Monitoring and improving finance and cost control
  • Plotting future strategy for larger companies
  • Writing tender documents for high profile opportunities
  • Fund-raising for start-ups or business development
  • One-to-one start-up advice to new businesses
  • Recruiting chefs and management teams
  • Coaching and advising Michelin-starred chefs on business opportunities
  • Training kitchen and front-of-house staff
  • Designing and installing kitchens and equipment
  • Fact finding, research and industry reports
  • Liaising with media and PR partners
  • Product development
  • Critiquing cooking, menus and wine lists
  • Writing copy for in-house and marketing material
  • Ghost-writing for chefs and restaurateurs
  • Scripting and tutoring for TV and radio work
  • Successful exit strategies and business disposals

The range of skills and experience extends from running a Michelin-starred gastro-pub and award-winning hotel with two restaurants, through holding a director-level position at one of the country’s most successful private restaurant groups, to launching and mentoring several high profile catering and hospitality concepts.