Operators restructuring their businesses as a direct result of Covid-19 are increasingly having to make difficult decisions when it comes the future of their kitchen development teams.
Whitbread operates more than 750 restaurants through brands such as Premier Inn, Beefeater and Brewers Fayre, and Mr Munro was involved in managing the end-to-end process of all kitchen investment works from the design phase and install through to end-user training and engagement.
He had been with the Dunstable-based firm for more than a decade, initially as a head chef before taking on kitchen management and training roles.
His most recent role had seen him serve alongside Whitbread’s kitchen platforms manager Michael Jessop for the last 18 months, where he undertook detailed strategic work around sourcing new and innovative equipment to ensure its teams have the best tools to deliver great food to guests.
Duties also included pushing for a reduction in energy consumption and driving overall operational efficiencies.
Posting on LinkedIn, Mr Munro said he was sad to leave the business but was hoping to find a new opportunity within the kitchen equipment sector.
“After 14 fantastic years filled with great memories, great people and after making some great friends, my journey at Whitbread has sadly come to an end due to redundancy,” he wrote.
“It has been a huge pleasure and I’m gratefully thankful for the amazing opportunities and development support this great company has given me. To that end I am now seeking employment within the commercial kitchen equipment, design, account or project management sector.”