The Craft Guild of Chefs has announced that its current chair, Andrew Bennett MBE, is to stand down with immediate effect after a period of ill health.
Vice-chairman Matt Owens will take over the post in the interim, until the Craft Guild holds its AGM in April 2021 and a new chair can be voted in.
Mr Bennett has been involved with the association for more than 13 years, and was appointed chairman in 2018.
The Craft Guild said that “during his tenure he has played a vital role in formulating and shaping its strategy to give it the drive it needs for significant change and growth”.
Mr Bennett is a keen supporter of encouraging young people into the hospitality industry and has helped launch notable initiatives such as the Guild Lunch Clubs, the Mentoring Scheme, the Membership Engagement Programme and its College Accreditation Scheme.
During his time as chair, he has also helped drive digital change through the launch of an improved, refreshed website and the development of a new app.
Craft Guild of Chefs chief executive, Andrew Green, said: “My colleagues and I would like to thank Andrew for his remarkable contribution to the success and growth of the association. Andrew is not only an outstanding chef, but he is also a true visionary, with enormous knowledge of the hospitality world.
“He has played a pivotal role in inspiring young people to get into the hospitality industry and drive change in the way we operate and communicate. It has been a privilege to work with him, and we will miss his extraordinary commitment, energy and drive.”