British chef Joanna Bell joins Sodexo’s Bateaux London

Joanna Bell, Sodexo, contract caterer, bateaux london
Joanna Bell new appointment with Bateaux London
20/03/2018 - 07:00
One of Britain’s most experienced chefs, Joanna Bell, is joining Bateaux London, part of international services provider Sodexo, as head chef.

Bateaux London is a leading restaurant cruise company. Along with its sister company, Bateaux Windsor, it operates a range of scheduled lunch and dining cruises on its vessels, which can be privately hired for events.

In her new role, Bell will devise and create new menus, working with the on-board team of chefs, the front of house staff and the captain and crew. The South African-born chef will also oversee a variety of compliance, administrative and culinary duties.

Bell opened her first restaurant at 19 and has enjoyed a career spanning 25 years, starting with the launch of her own restaurant, Bellami’s, in South Africa in 1991. She has previously catered for the royal family, as well as creating dishes for THE BRITs ceremonies.

More recently, Bell has devised the menus and overseen the catering at events such as Royal Ascot and RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. She joins Bateaux London after liaising with the company last summer on secondment from London-based catering and events company Peyton and Byrne.

Commenting on Bateaux London, Bell said: “They have a really great team and I’m fascinated by the logistical challenge of providing fine dining in a compact, floating space.

“It’s such an iconic company, and it’s just so London, that, when the vacancy arose, I couldn’t not take it.”

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