POWER LIST 2016, MARKET MOVERS: Sean Burlinson, Director of Food, Pod

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Pod opened the doors of its first new shop in almost five years recently but you can be certain that the wait for the next one won’t be as long.

Although it has been slower to expand than some of its counterparts, the chain’s new leadership team intends to rapidly build on the 22 stores already in existence. Sean Burlinson, director of food, Pod

One man central to the proposition is Sean Burlinson, whose role encompasses everything from creating operational back-of-house templates to identifying the kit that will define what its kitchens will look like in years to come.

Having worked in development chef roles for BaxterStorey, Harris + Hoole and Spirit Pub Company, he brings plenty of experience to the post and is under no illusions that success in the grab-and-go market place boils down to arming Pod’s kitchen teams with adequate tools to get orders out quickly and making sure the flow of service is inch-perfect — especially as Pod’s kitchens vary in size from 30 to 100 sqm.

“If I take more than three or four steps, my kitchen is badly designed,” he says. “Those are principles that I have got to apply to the Pod offer and that’s a really interesting challenge for me. It is all about making the engine work. The kitchen can look as great as you want, but if the engine on it is rubbish, it isn’t going to work.”

Profile

Company: Pod
Address: Peer House, 8-14 Verulam Street, London, WC1X 8LZ
Tel: 0207 831 3993
Twitter: @podfooduk
Website: www.pod.co.uk
Focus: Healthy fast food

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