Grande Cuisine’s Graham Russell to step down

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Graham Russell has been Grande Cuisine’s northern brand development manager since 2013.

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.”

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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.”

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Clare Nicholls

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  1. What a wonderful career you’ve had and contributed so much wherever you’ve worked. Enjoy your ‘semi’ retirement Graham.
    Best regards, Steve

  2. Congratulations Graham, very pleased for you and glad to see that all of your years of knowledge and experience wont be totally lost to the industry. Catch up soon
    Best Regards

    1. Hi Graham, Wish you all the best and I am sure we will meet another time because you probably cannot miss this part of your life.

  3. Graham,
    Congratulations on your semi retirement, hope you enjoy the time,rest and enjoyment I hope it brings.

    You totally deserve it and well done.

    If your “down South” with some free time ,please look me up. Drinks are on me and you dont hear that very often.!

  4. Graham, although we’ve known each other for decades in the last few years we’ve worked closely together on the projects that are mentioned above and many more and it’s been a pleasure. Thanks for your help and support which has always been combined with a sense of fun whilst still working hard.
    I trust we’ll catch up before you move into semi retirement and by the sounds of it for some time afterwards.
    Best wishes, Clive

  5. Graham.
    Enjoyed working with you over the years on the various projects, always a pleasure to deal with and a wealth of knowledge that cant be taught.
    I will wish you all the best for the future and your semi retirement but after we finished one last job ………………………………your not getting away that easily , hahahaha

    All the best Leigh

  6. Graham
    I have enjoyed our discussions over the years if only the world had listened to us I am sure things would not be in such a state,
    Well enjoy your retirement Graham all the very best for the future.


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