Hilton London Metropole Sustainability Interview: Meet Neeshal Jeewan

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Neeshal has worked at the Hilton London Metropole for just over 16 years, working in various positions and working his way up to the Senior Sous Chef role. Neeshal recently won the  ‘Unsung Hero’ award at the 2022 London Tourism Awards. Here, Neeshal shares more about the hotels sustainable offerings.

Can you introduce us to the restaurant sustainability initiatives?

At Hilton, we have a series of different sustainable initiatives. At our restaurant, Tyburn Kitchen, we create seasonal menus. We change our dishes to match the time of year in which our ingredients are being produced, keeping our menus as sustainable as possible. Not only that, but 90% of the ingredients we use come from local farms, all within 100 miles of the hotel.

If you want to grab and go, Tyburn Market is the place to be. What makes it even better is that all of our packaging is 100% recyclable. Have a bite of your favourites, knowing you are contributing to a circular economy.

Hilton London Metropole is such a huge hotel. How do we tackle food waste?

We are working on reducing our waste as much as possible. Our food waste goes to the local farms to use as compost to grow our ingredients. We know we can make a huge impact. When lockdown started, we began working with charity Open Kitchens, which redistributed excess food supplies to us to create delicious and nutritious meals to be packaged and delivered to local people who struggle to make cooked meals.

We work to pack and label boxes for those in need every week, and to date, over 53,000 meals have been delivered in partnership with the Felix Project.

How about our drinks, anything sustainable there?

Our restaurant champions our incredible wine selection, all from Michael Chapoutier, all organic and biodynamic. We also serve Louis Pommery English sparkling wine, produced with the same traditional method used to produce champagne, just without the airmails as it’s created in Hampshire. Our coffee is also part of our sustainable initiatives. Our UK based supplier, Blak Nektar, are committed to delivering coffee produced through high-quality, sustainable methods.

How do we get the team involved in the sustainability story?

Last but not least, we have our staff’s uniforms falling into our sustainability approach. The custom pieces are produced with sustainable British wool, organic cotton, recycled polyester and twenty-three recycled plastic bottles. These bottles were all removed from the ocean to be recycled into our team member’s uniforms. By working together, we can achieve great things and keep our planet green.