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David Grundy, government and key accounts manager, Hobart Cooking Solutions

Hobart salutes key accounts chief for racking up 40 years of service

Hobart salutes key accounts chief for racking up 40 years of service

Hobart has paid tribute to government and key accounts manager, David Grundy, who has just reached 40 years of service at the catering equipment giant. Grundy began his Hobart career in the Nottingham branch in December 1977 as a catering specialist. He has held 10 different roles during his four decades at the company. A

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D&D London beefs up operations team as familiar face returns

D&D London has announced the return of an operations chief who originally started his career with the company. Jean-Baptiste Requien has rejoined the restaurant group as operations director, with responsibility for the group’s restaurants in Butler’s Wharf, The North and City of London. He first linked up with the business in 2001 and then moved

Northcote, located in Blackburn. Electrolux photography case study. Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

Electrolux Professional aiming to shift more kit into fine dining sector

Electrolux Professional has appointed Steve Wooldridge to help grow its presence within the fine dining sector, and support the launch of its latest premium cooking stove. Wooldridge is a well-known figure in the industry, having worked as a chef for almost 20 years – working and training in France at the Ecole Gregoire-Ferrandi, then in

Northcote, located in Blackburn. Electrolux photography case study. Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

Exec chef made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Cooks of London

Karen Poynter, the executive chef of caterer CH&Co Group’s commercial business, has been made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Cooks of London. The honour has been bestowed upon Poynter for her achievements in catering and her links to the City of London. In 2000, she was appointed sous chef at Chester Boyd, CH&Co

Richard Hodgson, CEO

Ex-Pizza Express CEO makes dramatic return to casual dining market

Former Pizza Express chief Richard Hodgson is back at the forefront of the casual dining market after joining the expanded YO! Group as CEO. YO! Sushi last week shelled out £59m to acquire Bento Sushi in North America and Hodgson’s role will involve overseeing the newly-formed combined business. Hodgson brings considerable international restaurant and retail

CESA council members at 2017 annual conference

Catering equipment figureheads elected to CESA council

CESA has confirmed the election of several new members to its Council, which plays an active role in shaping legislation and implementing initiatives within the catering equipment industry. Three of the seven are re-elected members, and include Stephen Goodliff, managing director of Contacto; David Parsons, financial director of Classeq; and Stephen Hobbs, managing director of

Aiden Byrne

Chef Aiden Byrne moves to restaurant group D&D and will lead new project

Restaurant group D&D London confirmed this morning that leading chef Aiden Byrne has been appointed chef director of its upcoming Manchester restaurant 20 Stories. The new site will occupy the 19th floor rooftop of the No.1 Spinningfields building when it opens in February 2018 and feature a restaurant, grill, bar, and terrace offering panoramic views of the city.

Des élèves choisissent leurs plats pour déjeuner à la cantine du collège de la Chataigneraie, le 20 Juin 2011 à Autun. Ce collège expérimente un nouveau rythme scolaire où des classes "pilotes" suivent des cours classiques le matin et participent à des activités sportives et culturelles l'après midi.  AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

UK contract catering market contains 66 ‘high-class’ acquisition targets, study reveals

A study of over 600 contract caterers has identified a group of 66 firms that present the most appealing acquisition prospects for those looking to expand in the sector. Plimsoll’s latest report into the largest 620 contract catering companies operating in the UK identified a total of 66 “high-class” acquisition targets which would enable prospective

Mark Teed, food strategy & implementation manager

Star Pubs hires former Greene King food man to shape the kitchens behind its 1,000-strong estate

Star Pubs & Bars’ drive to provide licensees with the right kitchen equipment and support will now be led by a new face with extensive experience of the pub sector, it has emerged.  Pub sector expert Mark Teed has joined the 1,000-strong group as its new food strategy and implementation manager, which will involve leading