A new artisan food-to-go outlet has opened on Richmond High Street, which plans to expand across London and the south-east in the future.Cook & Garcia, which opened 11 weeks ago, is a privately-funded business which serves a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, as well as pastries, muffins, cakes, soups, hot beverages and smoothies.The business was set up by Richard Garcia, who previously worked as the food development manager at Aramark, which won the contract to supply the food to the London 2012 Olympic Village, as well as his wife and marketing professional Janet.Janet Garcia, co-owner at Cook & Garcia, told British Baker: “We are a cross between Carluccio’s for the deli side, Pret a Manger with the grab and go sandwich offering, and Starbucks for our coffee. Some food is available in chiller cabinets, while others will be made fresh including a live station where we will carve slow-roasted meats for sandwich fillings.”We wanted to try and create something new and fresh in our local area, and on Richmond High Street there are hardly any independent retailers. So we are competing with the likes of Pret a Manger, Starbucks, Costa and Paul. It’s great to see them on the high street, but none of them produce fresh ingredients on-site which is one of our unique selling points.”Janet added Cook & Garcia currently par-bakes the majority of its bread, but will look to link up with a local independent bakery in the future.Sweet Revenge, located in Kingston-upon-Thames, supplies the artisan food-to-go outlet with its sweet bakery offering, including large cakes such as red velvet, a gluten-free range, and a selection of cupcakes.”If we prove the concept well here in Richmond, in a year we would like to open outlet number two. We are trying to build a brand, not just a sandwich shop,” Janet said.
West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan have released a statement urging the club’s fans to avoid using any discriminatory chants when they welcome Tottenham to Upton Park on Monday night. A small minority of West Ham’s travelling support were criticised in the aftermath of the Hammers’ 3-1 defeat at Spurs in November for anti-Semitic chanting. The club’s owners issued a statement that read: “We both feel it is hugely important that we are continuing our great work from 2012 that highlights discrimination in society today. We supported a number of key initiatives last year which we are continuing to build on throughout 2013. “We firmly believe that West Ham United is a club that promotes fairness and inclusion and we want the Boleyn Ground to continue to be a place that people from all backgrounds feel welcome.” Co-owner Gold is of Jewish heritage and his joint statement stressed that any fans found guilty of partaking in such chanting would face strict punishments. “We have made it very clear that we will not tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour and one by one we will root out those fans that do not deserve to represent this great club of ours,” the statement continued. “We must be clear that we will pursue the harshest sanctions against any individual who goes against what we stand for as a club. “It is obvious that the vast, vast majority of Hammers fans support the club in the right way and we are very grateful for the tremendous backing we receive from our supporters. However, in the rare case that supporters do see or hear anything they think is unacceptable, there are a number of ways they can report the matter. “Everyone at West Ham United is looking forward to Monday’s visit of Tottenham Hotspur. It should be a fantastic game of football.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce also remains hopeful the club’s fans will behave themselves on Monday. “I hope there’s nothing untoward that happens in terms of chanting,” he said. “Like everybody else we want to try to reduce it to its bare minimum. We’d like to cut it out completely but I don’t think that’s ever going to be the case when people get involved in emotional situations. But if we spot it we’ve got to deal with it and hopefully there won’t be any.” Press Association