Running a 'Good Food' Business

Myles Hopper, founder of the Mindful Chef, provides a lowdown on running a healthy food business, his mission to make healthy eating easy, and advice on how caterers can make ‘better’ menus a reality.

Myles Hopper founder of the Mindful Chef

What does ‘good’ food mean to you?

To us, ‘good’ food should be exactly that – food that’s good for you and helps you live a better life. Nutrition has a huge impact on the way you feel, so it’s important to make good choices.

How important is health and wellbeing to the Mindful Chef as a business?

It’s the cornerstone of our business. When we set out on this journey, our mission was to make healthy eating easy and achievable for everyone. We approach wellness from a holistic point of view and try to provide advice on ways to eat well, sleep better and be more productive.

How big is the market for healthy food right now?

Huge and growing! The interest people have in their own health also seems to be growing every day. With advancements in technology, people’s lives have become a lot busier and a lot of us are trying to find that work/life balance. Eating well is a huge part of that as people want to feel and look their best, and they want to take care of themselves.

What about the rise of gluten-free and plant-based diets?

Free-from aisles in supermarkets seem to be expanding every day and plant-based recipes have never been more prevalent in the news or across social media. We’ve certainly seen a rise in the amount of plant-based meals we ship each week.

What advice would you give to caterers looking to create healthier menus?

Keep it simple but delicious. Gone are the days of ‘healthy eating’ solely being based around chicken and broccoli. At the same time, nobody wants to cook a recipe that has 40 different ingredients they can’t pronounce. Take inspiration from traditional favourites and put your own unique healthy twist on them.

At Nestlé Professional, we've called on the foodservice and hospitality industry to put ‘good’ food first, through the launch of our new report – ‘BuzzBites Good Food, Good Life’ – drawing on influencers like Myles Hopper at the Mindful Chef to highlight how ‘better’ menus can mean better business.
Did you know?
  1. Today, 63% of adults in England are overweight or obese.
  2. 2 in 5 adults are consuming meals outside the home on at least a weekly basis.
  3. 69% would like to see ‘fresh’ dishes and ‘healthy’ offerings on menus.
  4. 56% of casual diners would be more willing to go to a restaurant offering healthy menu options.
  5. 37% of casual diners would like to see clearer calorie labelling on menus.