School catering firm Cucina Restaurants has reorganised its management structure, with owner Steve Quinn moving to the position of chief executive and Stuart Lenton taking over as managing director.
Lenton, who boasts almost 30 years in the school food industry, has spent the past 15 years of his career developing new business opportunities in schools, colleges and universities in a variety of UK based organisations including Compass, Sodexo, Aramark, BaxterStorey and Innovate.
Quinn (pictured on the left) said that the growth of the Hertfordshire-based business made it the ideal time to restructure the company and bring in an MD from outside the company.
“Moving to chief executive will enable me to spend a little more time on my other work in the food industry, as well as continuing my involvement with Cucina,” he said. “I have known Stuart Lenton for many years and we share the same values when it comes to school food. We are also excited about the new ideas that he undoubtedly will bring to Cucina.”
Cucina Restaurants is now in its 10th year of operation, and claims to be the first school catering company to employ trained, top calibre chefs in school kitchens.
Lenton said: “I have long been an admirer of Cucina and the lead that it has shown in putting food quality at the very centre of its business model. This unique approach has enabled Cucina to become the well respected and highly regarded school food provider it is today.”