River Cottage chef returns to M&B for training kitchen assignment

PCDG Bull & Bush, London

Mitchells & Butlers has brought in a new head of culinary education to run its kitchen training programme.

Chris Griffin, who most recently served at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage, will oversee the hospitality giant’s central training kitchen in Watford and lead the development team.

Griffin’s spell at River Cottage saw him involved in setting up a successful chef academy, according to industry news portal Propel. He is no stranger to M&B having worked for the group in the past before he moved onto contract catering giant Compass.

The report said that in his new role, Griffin will be developing innovative solutions and training programmes to help grow food capability across the business.

Susan Martindale, group HR director, said: “Chris has a real passion to inspire the next generation of chefs, and to share his food knowledge and commercial experience on a wider scale. Moreover, he has a genuine emotional desire to return to the business which gave him his first career opportunities.”

Mitchells & Butlers operates 1,700 restaurants and pubs throughout the UK, serving around 140 million meals and 430 million drinks each year.

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