Restaurant Associates’ culinary director Jeremy Ford has quit to join rival contract caterer Gather & Gather, where he will take on the director of food role.
Mr Ford will be part of Gather & Gather’s senior leadership team, taking responsibility for culinary development across the company and its specialist events business Creative Events.
His will be tasked with setting food and beverage standards, overseeing the development and launch of new products and leading food policy and strategy. He will also coach the next generation of chefs, with a focus on developing talent for the future.
Mr Ford has significant experience in the industry from his time at Restaurant Associates, which is part of Compass Group. His roles there also included senior executive chef and group chef, where he was responsible for a team of more than 300 chefs in the UK.
He has worked alongside Jason Atherton, Michel Roux Jnr and Albert Roux, OBE. He won a Master of Culinary Arts in 2013, and was also awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts in 2015.
“I’m very excited to join Gather & Gather at a time where the organisation has both the ambition and the vision to disrupt the industry all over again,” he said. “I look forward to working closely with the team to develop amazing food concepts with personality, with wellbeing high on the agenda and innovation at its core.”
Allister Richards, managing director of Gather & Gather, added: “We are delighted that Jeremy has joined the Gather & Gather family. His exceptional creativity and passion for the industry combined with his extensive experience make him an exciting addition to the senior team. I’ve no doubt that Jeremy will inspire both our people and our food which can only strengthen our position as the UK’s most distinctive workplace catering experts.”
Gather & Gather offers restaurant, café, hospitality and event services to a range of clients across a broad spectrum of sectors including media, technology, legal, financial services and retail.
The Mitie Group-owned company employs 2,700 staff.