Le Vacherin Group Consultancies

Understanding of your requirement is to appoint a specialist hospitality consultancy to develop a plan to create a new concept for a restaurant of a modern European influence with bar and events facility.


Donna Thompson- Smith

Our team

Led by Donna Thompson Smith & Marco Cristaldi, this team has the capabilities to enhance the ability to deliver a conceptual menu, day to day operational & technical facility requirements, all of which will be provided as part of the new organisation. The proposed services will not only cover estimated time input but will include attending necessary meetings, hands on training & general support. It is aimed at enhancing the ability to design, build and implement the concept dining facilities requirements that will be provided as part of the project.


Donna has appointed Marc Wainwright as executive chef, a decision Donna says came easily, given Wainwright’s passion for French cuisine combined with a penchant for Asian, Japanese, Italian and Nordic ingredients, which ensure Le Vacherin’s menus continue to evolve and excite. Born and bred in the leafy district of Chiswick, Wainwright has been part of the team at Le Vacherin for more than 10 years, helping the restaurant win its second AA Rosette and maintaining two forks and two spoons in the Michelin Guide for many years. Wainwright’s celebratory menus and leisurely French Sunday lunches have garnered considerable praise from national newspapers and restaurant guides; indeed Zagat ranked Le Vacherin as one of London’s best French bistros, and Square Meal proclaimed it one of the best restaurants in West London.


As with many other chefs of his calibre, Wainwright is self-taught: following a stint at the Carluccio’s Group to learn the financial side of hospitality, he immersed himself in the cookery books of “the founding fathers” including Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White and Thomas Keller, developing a unique style that pays homage to the classics but embraces the ever-changing innovation of the international scene.

Project team

Donna Thompson Smith & Marco Cristaldi are both project managers, acting as a focal point to receive the requests and organise Le Vacherin group response. A third team leader will be chosen to interact with the day to day operations.

What you get

The restaurant will become a member of the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or, which will then be able to host Champagne & Sabrage black tie dinners, having also access to 15.000 unit database for marketing purposes.

  • Menu engineering, wine list organisation & design, all group and corporate offerings.
  • Monthly visits by Thompson Smith, Marco Cristaldi & Marc Wainwright.
  • We have many industry colleagues who will be happy to hold event days with guests related to the food and wine world.
  • Daily access to the management team by mail or phone.
  • Wine trips
  • Organisation of eight yearly events such as “ Truffle Dinner”, “Game Dinner”, “Seafood dinner”, etc.
  • Team leaders will try to obtain marketing listing fee support from suppliers.
  • Weekly corporate cookery school.


  • Define demographics & assess restaurant/ kitchen plans
  • Rework menus & original concept to achieve a clear & unique USP, clear brand identity
  • Minimise skill levels within the kitchen team.
  • Employ an established Executive Chef with experience for the job explained above.
  • Food procurement.
  • Support the hiring process of both kitchen and FOH.
  • Engaging interior designers and architects, for full re- design and concept development.

Menu design

  • Pricing, costing & food engineering
  • Produce individual standard recipe cards with incorporated food cost, labour cost, HACCP, serving instructions & wine pairings.
  • Programming of yearly food & wine events
  • Pre- theatre strategy

Food Cost Monitoring

  • Up to date food and wine cost.
  • Current order sheets
  • Stock count sheets
  • Food flash sheets
  • Wastage sheets

Menu presentation

  • Plan & organise menu cook off for owners & team leaders.
  • Storage & rotation charts.

Kitchen design

  • Actual kitchen layout, equipment inventory & specification. Selection.
  • Storage & rotation charts.


  • Implementation of all the phases above.

Training of new & existing staff, Building works, PR launch

  • The team leaders will find an architect able to develop the project chosen by the operative board
  • Team leaders will be on site periodically as project managers to nurse the project all the way trough
  • PR concept selling to local scene – inviting of celebrities and local authorities for official launch.

Over the year

  • To give to the restaurant FOH team a clear order of service and “mission statement”.
  • To pass onto management and owners all marketing skills and booking partners needed.

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Le Vacherin group Consultancies exists to solve the critical issues facing our clients, both large and small. Our unique approach is not only what differentiates us, but also what makes us successful. We provide a broad range of services and solutions to help organizations facilitate change, achieve their vision and optimize performance and productivity. We do work actively at your side taking pride in being field professionals, available to you 24 hours a day by mail or phone, showing up on site on a monthly basis, working on percentage or pre- arranged fixed fees. We feel successful only if you are, we take pride on our customers walking with their legs.

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