Grande Cuisine’s northern brand development manager, Graham Russell, will be stepping down from his current role with the company at the end of December, but will retain a connection with the business going forward despite taking retirement.
Mr Russell has been with Grande Cuisine since the company was launched in 2013 and has been involved in some of the company’s most high-profile projects including Gleneagles, Jesmond Dene House, House of Tides and, most recently, Grantley Hall.
He has been employed in the industry for four decades, initially working behind the pass as a qualified chef before moving into equipment sales.
“Graham has decided that now is the right time to retire having spent more than 40 years in the industry, during which time he has taken on a number of varied operational and sales roles, from trainee chef at The Dorchester through to his current role at Grande Cuisine,” explained director, Steve Hobbs.
“‘I am therefore delighted that although Graham will be stepping down from his current day-to-day activities he has agreed to stay involved with the business as part of an exciting new initiative that Grande Cuisine will be launching in January 2020.”
Mr Hobbs paid tribute to the service that his colleague has given to the industry and his contribution to establishing Grande Cuisine in the market.
“Graham is a great example of what our industry has to offer without having to stand in a kitchen day in, day out. He has been instrumental in the growth of Grande Cuisine as well as the Athanor and Mareno brands that we represent.”
Grande Cuisine is a leading UK supplier of professional cooking appliances and has been involved in some of the country’s most prestigious kitchen projects since its formation.
Mr Russell admitted it will feel strange not being involved on a full-time basis.
“I will miss the day-to-day interaction with customers but am very much looking forward to my new role,” he said.