From concept to completion, we transform your foodservice design and operation

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A uniquely personal catering consultancy


Totally independent of suppliers and contractors

We are an award winning Catering Advisory and Design Consultancy encompassing all catering and associated areas for new build or refurbishment throughout the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe.

Totally independent of any supplier or contractor, we are proud to be members of several industry organisations and adhere to a strict code of conduct.




As experienced Catering Advisory and Design Consultants we work closely with our clients and their design teams at every Stage of the process and are able to advise on operational issues, complying with the latest regulations and best practice guidelines including: HACCP, BREEAM, Equality Act (2010), DW/172 (2018) and Health & Safety.



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Uniquely placed

Andrew and Elaine Powis are the only husband and wife consultancy partnership in commercial catering facilities design.

This means we are uniquely placed to offer a genuinely warm, personal and professional service to all market sectors from concept to completion in the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe.

Our 66 years’ + experience working as lead consultants on catering design projects of all sizes and budgets includes kitchens, serveries, front of house and all their support areas, ventilation, fire suppression and waste management systems.



projects delivered 

We have carried out in excess of 430 projects on one size or another ranging from a £20k servery to £1m+ full projects.  That’s 17 per year on average which include projects in the UK, Ireland, Afghanistan, Russia, Iceland and France such as 5* hotel kitchens and Central Production Kitchens.



Years experience 

Working as lead consultants on catering design projects of all sizes and budgets includes kitchens, serveries, front of house, vital support areas, ventilation, fire suppression & waste management systems.



Years in business

Sterling Foodservice Consultancy was established in 1994. We would like to thank all of our clients for their support over the years and willingness to trust in our expertise.


"An outstanding knowledge of the industry and attention to detail"

Danny Pearson - Aquinas College




Andrew powis FIH

Andrew has spent over forty years in the catering industry. His experience has involved numerous aspects of catering including hotels, licensed restaurants, outside catering, equipment distributors and consultancy.

Having worked for The Post Office, Grand Metropolitan and Horwood Catering Equipment Limited at senior management and director levels and before setting up Sterling with Elaine, he spent seven years with the largest foodservice consultancy practice in Europe as Managing Director of their Midlands company, where he was responsible for all design work undertaken by the company in Ireland as well as UK based projects.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (FIH). He has also acted as an Expert Witness on behalf of clients seeking legal redress.


Elaine Powis MRSPH

Elaine graduated from the Blackpool and Fylde Catering College and obtained her extensive knowledge of catering equipment through thirty five years of managerial involvement in all sectors of the industry including banqueting, hotels, restaurants, education, outside catering and working with several major equipment manufacturers. Her role within the team is design input, product sourcing, specification detailing and project co-ordination.

Andrew and Elaine are frequently invited to serve on judging panels for industry competitions and to comment on matters relating to the catering industry.