Former Lumley Castle chef switches to equipment supply role

Michael Ashton, northern area sales manager

A former chef at Durham’s Lumley Castle Hotel has switched to the equipment side of the market to join Grande Cuisine.

Michael Ashton has joined the Athanor and Mareno agent as northern area sales manager and will work to strengthen its dealer business in the region.

He will also act as an ambassador for the Grande Cuisine Academy, an online learning and development resource that the company recently launched to support student chefs and chef lecturers.

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“I look forward to putting my knowledge of working behind the pass to good use as Grande Cuisine continues to grow its presence across the north of England,” said Mr Ashton.

“This part of the UK continues to produce some outstanding chefs and restaurants and I look forward to being part of the region’s ongoing culinary success story.”

Grande Cuisine supplies professional cooking appliances to restaurants and hotels, with Athanor providing bespoke suites and Mareno offering modular options.

Grande Cuisine director, Steve Hobbs, said: “As the hospitality industry continues to emerge from the effects of the pandemic it is vitally important that, as a manufacturer, we are able to engage face-to-face with dealers and support them on everything from ensuring good stock availability to assisting in the drive towards achieving net zero carbon status by 2050.”

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