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Derick Martin, group director of operations

Foodservice expert takes on operations role with top caterer

Foodservice expert takes on operations role with top caterer

UK catering company Harbour & Jones has announced the appointment of Derick Martin as its new group director of operations. The role will see him supporting the company’s continuing expansion plans. Following the company’s 50% growth and successful rebrand last year, Martin joins as a main board director responsible for the venues, hospitality and staff

Norman McKenzie, executive chef

Master chef to head Malholtra Group’s catering operation

Newcastle-based Malhotra Group has appointed Norman McKenzie, one of the country’s most experienced chefs, to head its catering operation. In a first for the company, Newcastle-based Malhotra Group has created the role of executive chef and recruited MacKenzie, a former Master Chef of Great Britain to the position. In a career spanning almost 30 years

Bidvest Foodservice Slough depot

Bidvest promises better customer support as new depot expands capacity for the south

Bidvest Foodservice has opened a state-of-the-art Business Support Centre and depot in Slough in what marks a “new chapter” for the organisation. Based in a 117,000 sq. ft purpose-built facility, the new centre will increase capacity for growth in the southern region, create additional opportunities for employment in the local area and improve the level

Danny Breithaupt, CEO

Time runs out for The Restaurant Group CEO as Board moves to replace him

Danny Breithaupt, CEO of The Restaurant Group for the past two years, has been ousted by the Board of the company with immediate effect. The company said in a statement that it has completed the initial phase of its operating strategy review, and has decided that a new leader is needed to implement the initial

Paul Pomroy, CEO UK

Innovation accelerates as McDonald’s hires 5000 more workers in the UK

McDonald’s will add 5000 more people by the end of next yer to its UK team as its outlets open for longer, extend the range of food and beverages it offers, and adds table service to a growing number of restaurants. Its innovation project will see another 250 stores transformed this year, with self-service kiosks

Neil Roseweir and Shaune Hall, development chef

Falcon unveils successor to outgoing development chef Neil Roseweir

Falcon Foodservice has announced that Shaune Hall will be joining the company as development chef, taking over from Neil Roseweir, who is retiring. Born and raised in South Africa, Hall has many years of experience in the industry. Most recently he has been Head Chef Trainer at Forth Valley College in Stirling, where he was

Big Easy Canary Wharf

Big Easy adds six senior staff to manage success of brand

London’s Bar.B.Q institution, Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Lobstershack, has announced six new appointments to its senior management team. Big Easy currently holds three sites across London, with a fourth site planned for Edinburgh later this year. Following the success of its Canary Wharf branch, which surpassed all expectations, Big Easy Founder, Paul Corrett, has brought


Costa rings the changes as it pencils June start date for incoming chief

Whitbread has announced that Christopher Rogers, managing director of Costa and an executive director on the Whitbread PLC board has decided to leave the company. Dominic Paul has been appointed to succeed him as Costa’s new managing director. Rogers will step down from the board following the next board meeting on 20 April and Paul

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M&B plans for the future with campaign to bring in 2,000 apprentices

Pub and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers has announced that it plans to offer over 2,000 young people a place on its apprenticeship programme over the next 12 months. With 1,700 locations nationwide, the company behind brands such as Harvester, Toby Carvery, Sizzling Pubs, All Bar One, Browns and Miller & Carter, is committed to

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Chi Kitchen brings in consultant chef from the TV

Chi Kitchen has appointed 2014 Master Chef winner Ping Coombes as consultant chef for its two contemporary pan-Asian restaurants located in Debenhams’ Oxford Street and Birmingham stores. Following her win on the television cookery show, Coombes has embraced the opportunity to spread the knowledge of her native Malaysian cuisine, working around the world as a