Charvet’s Colin Leonard retires

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Colin Leonard is retiring as UK sales manager for Charvet Premier Ranges.

Charvet Premier Ranges’ UK sales manager Colin Leonard has retired after 20 years with the company.

Leonard trained as a chef and spent 10 years with The Savoy and Claridge’s hotels before moving to the role of chef instructor at Bournemouth & Poole College and later, head of department at Southampton City College. His career in education included spells teaching overseas in New York and in India, training the trainers of south east Asia.

“Training was so thorough in those days,” said Colin. “Chefs who completed their college training would have had no trouble with the skills tests set by Monica or Marcus on MasterChef!”

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He also became a judge at Hotelympia London and Hospitality Birmingham having successfully competed in various competitions culminating with winning the Grand Prix d’Honneur (best in show) before joining the senior management team where he was responsible for managing the Live Cookery Theatres.

Leonard commented: “I enjoyed working in education and training, but the most pleasurable job I’ve had without doubt was the 20 years with Charvet Premier Ranges, working alongside MD, Wayne Cuomo. Wayne is a true professional, an absolute gentleman and a great pleasure to work with.

“I wish Wayne and the Charvet UK team every success for the future.”

Cuomo himself added: “Colin was the first salesman for Charvet UK and his chef and college background paid dividends for us. He worked hard to expand our customer base in restaurants and in catering colleges and we are now a leading supplier of prime cooking equipment to restaurants and colleges throughout the UK.

“Colin’s expertise and good humour has contributed greatly to Charvet UK and he will be sorely missed. We wish him a long and happy retirement.”

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Clare Nicholls

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  1. Congratulations on your retirement Colin, I hope that you and yours are all keeping well in these extraordinary times.
    I know that you will be sorely missed by many across the market, lets hope that we have the chance for a ‘proper farewell’ in the near future!
    At least those ‘chefs knees and hips can take a well deserved rest! Have a very long and happy retirement.
    Very Best Regards

  2. Dear Colin
    Congratulations on your well earned retirement. Time to put your feet up and enjoy life at a slightly slower pace. Good luck

  3. Dear Colin, I hope that you have an enjoyable retirement. It has been an absolute privilege and a pleasure to have known you in this great industry.

    Best wishes from Mr. Valentine.

  4. Enjoy your retirement Chef Colin(!). It has been a pleasure knowing you and listening to your stories, the industry will miss another legend
    Peter RIGBY MCS Tech Products

  5. Always enjoyed our times together Colin, the industry will be a little poorer without you. I trust your retirement will be long and happy.

  6. Hi Colin,
    It has been a pleasure working with you and being in your company over many years. I am sure Wayne and Charvet will miss your experience and catering knowledge.
    Enjoy your retirement and get to do all things that you wanted to but didnt have the time.
    Best wishes

  7. Colin, Fantastic career – You have always worked very hard in all that you have done- Christine and I have known you for many years , I first met you at Bournemouth and then you were Head of Department at Southampton where Christine worked .
    Some fantastic projects over the years with Charvet- best one ever was Royal Society of Engineering – in Westminster ( in a basement kitchen Charvet 10m x 2m suite welded together ! superb kitchen !
    Love to you and Ness and enjoy your well earned rest.

    Mike b

  8. Hope you have a long and happy retirement Colin. It was a pleasure to work for you in your days at Southampton Technical College and along side you when you were at HCE. We have had some good installs over the years with Charvet. Good luck and stay safe.
    Garry .

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