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Subway installs Papa John’s product chef as head of global culinary development operation

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Subway has announced that chef Paul Fabre has joined its global food development team, naming him senior vice president of culinary and innovation. Mr Fabre, who brings impressive culinary expertise and QSR experience to Subway, will focus on menu improvement and innovation, as well as the introduction of “new and craveable offerings”, according to the chain. With more than 20 years in the quick-service, fast casual restaurant industry, Fabre hails from well-known US brands like Papa John’s, BJ’s Restaurants Inc., Trader Vic’s Inc. and Bloomin’ Brands. Over the course of his career he’s helped these companies craft unique flavours and new offerings via menu strategy, product innovation and research and development. “Culinary innovation is my passion and our guests can expect to see new and craveable items hitting restaurants soon,” he said. Most recently, Mr Fabre served as SVP of menu strategy and product innovation at Papa John’s, where he drove menu innovation and brand loyalty by executing new strategies including putting an emphasis on food quality and new product innovation while elevating the culinary experience. During his time at Papa John’s, he was also co-chair of the operations and product sub-committee where he drove alignment on upcoming promotions, products and initiatives with franchise communities. Subway CMO, Carrie Walsh, said: “Paul brings years of deep experience across the industry. As a company obsessed with our guests, we’re rethinking the entire brand experience at Subway. That means not only honouring some of the fan favourites on our menu, but offering new and better culinary experiences and flavours that our guests crave. “Chef Paul’s role is all about bringing innovation to our menu that complements the other bold moves we’re making across the brand.”

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