Grande Cuisine’s northern brand development manager, Graham Russell, will be stepping down from his current role with the company at the end of December, but will retain a connection with the business going forward.
Director, Steve Hobbs commented: “Graham has decided that now is the right time to retire, having spent more than 40 years in the industry, during which time he has taken on a number of varied operational and sales roles, from trainee chef at The Dorchester through to his current role at Grande Cuisine.
“I am therefore delighted that although Graham will be stepping down from his current day-to-day activities he has agreed to stay involved with the business as part of an exciting new initiative that Grande Cuisine will be launching in January 2020.”
Russell has been with Grande Cuisine since the company was launched in 2013 and was involved in some of the company’s most high-profile projects including Gleneagles, Jesmond Dene House, House of Tides and, most recently, Grantley Hall.
He said: “I will miss the day-to-day interaction with customers but am very much looking forward to my new role.”
Hobbs concluded: “Graham is a great example of what our industry has to offer without having to stand in a kitchen day in, day out. He has been instrumental in the growth of Grande Cuisine as well as the Athanor and Mareno brands that we represent.”