Ice cream machine maker Carpigiani UK has hired its first UK training and development chef, who joins the company from Heston Blumenthal’s renowned restaurant, The Fat Duck.
Michele Stanco takes on the role having most recently served as pastry sous chef in charge of the pastry team at the Michelin starred site in Berkshire.
The Ali Group-owned manufacturer says the role has been created in response to the growing customer demand for expert help when it comes to menu development and recipe formulation for ice cream and gelato.
Stanco will work across the UK delivering group and one-to-one training sessions for those who are new to the industry as well as for people in existing businesses. He will liaise closely with chefs and operators from independent and group restaurants, hotels, gelato shops, retailers and leisure franchises across the country.
Paul Ingram, managing director of Carpigiani, said Stanco will bring a wealth of exceptional culinary expertise and experience to the company.
“Having Michele join the team as our new training and development chef will allow us to continue to build on our existing relationships with chefs up and down the country, in order to further understand their culinary requirements, thus enabling us to continue to advance innovative technology and associated equipment,” he said.
Stanco, who has used Carpigiani equipment for a number of years, said he is keen to play his part in driving an “industry-wide shift” towards making fresh gelato and desserts in-house rather than buying in ready-made alternatives.
“I am confident that I can demonstrate to other chefs just how easy it is, with the help of the right pieces of equipment, to prepare wonderfully fresh, vibrant gelato and desserts from scratch. Not only does homemade gelato taste better, the only limit to the flavours that can be created is that of the chef’s imagination, and this is something that I am really passionate about.”
Meanwhile, Stanco’s arrival follows a recent re-jig of the firm’s UK sales team. Will Scott-Howes, whose previous experience in the industry includes stints at Brakes Food Service and Mitchell & Butlers, recently joined the sales team as business development manager for the Midlands and Wales, while David Ashton, previously business development manager for the London and South East region, has now taken on the role of national account manager, with Alan Roberts taking charge of his previous area.