January 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced a partnership with Teresa Cutter, one of Australia’s leading authorities on healthy cooking. The founder of The Healthy Chef will develop a range of fresh and healthy menu options exclusively for the MICE market in Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts across Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA).
Classically-trained chef, nutrition expert and certified fitness trainer Teresa Cutter will create a collection of 60 original recipes for Crowne Plaza meetings’ menus including breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, afternoon tea and healthy snacks. The menu items will feature a range of healthy options across the region.
All the dishes are all designed to fill the guest up without weighing them down, helping them to perform at their very best and each item will feature fresh and healthy ingredients to energise business guests for a productive meeting. Dishes will include poached organic chicken salad with pistachio and lemon parsley mint salsa verde or a protein rich power smoothie for breakfast made with almond milk, vanilla bean and lush berries.
Phil Broad, Vice President Food & Beverage, IHG AMEA said: "This new healthy eating programme for Crowne Plaza will further enhance what we offer to today’s high achieving travellers to ensure they stay at the top of their game. The partnership with Teresa will introduce nutritionally-balanced dishes and beverages across all Crowne Plaza properties in AMEA.
"We are constantly looking for new ways to improve our food and beverage programmes and develop industry initiatives across IHG with unique collaborations each tailored to the needs of our brands. This year, we’ve launched the InterContinental Planet Trekkers Children’s Menu developed by celebrity chef Theo Randall and leading children’s food expert book author Annabel Karmel MBE, and we most recently announced the partnership with Nutrition Australia to develop a kids' menu for Holiday Inn.
Teresa is the founder of The Healthy Chef, a company that creates delicious functional foods for optimal health and wellbeing. She strongly believes that a change in diet can bring about a change in health.
Commenting on the collaboration, Teresa Cutter said: "I am really excited to be able to bring a selection of my purely delicious healthy recipes to the meeting table. Just like the body, the brain will not be able to function without energy. Getting this energy by eating the right foods in the correct proportions can help boost memory, prevent lethargy and encourage productivity. Working with Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is a great opportunity to support guests and help them to stay productive and energised throughout the day."
Teresa has written five healthy cookbooks of which two have ranked number one on iTunes. She has also worked on campaigns with the Australian Government and brands like Blackmores, Australia’s leading brand for natural health solutions, Weight Watchers, an international company offering weight loss solutions and high-performance blender, Vitamix.
Crowne Plaza is the fourth largest full-service hotel brand in the world and has the most hotels in the pipeline of any upscale brand globally.
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