Michigan Restaurant Wins Unilever Makeover Contest

Unilever Food Solutions North America announced the winner in the company’s first-ever Inspired Restaurant Makeover Contest, an online-based competition asking small, independent restaurant operators across the country to demonstrate how Unilever Food Solutions’ enhanced service offerings would help their businesses grow. After scouring through hundreds of entries, the brand has selected as its winner Cynthia Krstich, manager of The Coach Sports Grille – formerly The Coachman restaurant – in Madison Heights, Michigan, just outside of Detroit.

“In her entry, Krstich made it clear she and her team need to conduct business in a more structured way, thereby maximizing the benefits of service offerings like those of Unilever Food Solutions,” says Ted Skodol, director, customer and channel marketing, Unilever Food Solutions North America. “Cynthia and her staff have a real passion to make The Coach Sports Grille the best it can be and that commitment serves as inspiration to us. With a solid foundation and Unilever Food Solutions’ services and professional ingredients, we can make a significant impact on The Coach Sports Grille’s business, and we’re looking forward to doing just that.”

Unilever Food Solutions is awarding Krstich and The Coach Sports Grille a prize package valued up to $100,000, which includes:

  • More than 100 hours of one-on-one consultation services from Unilever Food Solutions across the areas of “Your Guests,” “Your Menu,” and “Your Kitchen,” including access to Unilever Food Solutions’ Certified Master Chef and Registered Dietitian
  • One-year supply of free Unilever Food Solutions professional ingredients
  • $5,000 in cash to invest in front-of-house/back-of-house improvements to the restaurant
  • An inspirational Culinary Institute of America (CIA) experience weekend for up to four members of the winning restaurant’s team to attend the world-famous CIA to work with the Unilever Food Solutions Culinary Team and CIA instructors to improve the restaurant’s menu

The Coach Sports Grille is a local independent operation striving to give its guests the best possible restaurant experience at good prices, without compromising a clean, fun atmosphere. Krstich says she is elated to have won the first-ever Unilever Food Solution Inspired Restaurant Makeover Contest and explained that additional support will help her achieve many of her immediate and long-term goals.

“I was astounded when I found out we’d been selected as the winner of Unilever Food Solutions' contest,” Krstich says. “My team and I work hard each and every day, and to be recognized by such a well-respected brand in the food service industry really means more to us than I could ever put into words. We’re eager to learn from some of the best folks in the business and we really can’t wait to see the restaurant transform right before our eyes!”

The consultation services Krstich and her team at The Coach Sports Grille will receive from Unilever Food Solutions will span across the following three key areas and will be tailored specifically to the restaurant’s needs: “Your Guests,” “Your Menu,” and “Your Kitchen.”

For more information about Unilever Food Solutions’ first-ever Inspired Restaurant Makeover Contest, as well as the brand’s products and enhanced service offerings, and to follow The Coach Sports Grille’s journey, please visit http://www.unileverfoodsolutions.us                      

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