Cambridge-based Synergy Grill has appointed Mark Cooke as national business development manager.
Joining from Gram UK, Cooke brings over 20 years of industry experience to the team. He gained extensive experience in the catering industry as a chef, chef tutor and sales roles in fine food supply, food production and prime cooking and refrigeration equipment, which includes 5 years at Gram UK and 8 years with Lincat.
Synergy Grill believes his insight into the demands of both end users and suppliers will be invaluable in helping to drive the business forward.
His new role will be focused on building the existing distributor network in the North, Scotland and Ireland, along with developing business opportunities with the cooking equipment manufacturer’s dealer network.
Cooke commented: “I’m delighted to be joining the Synergy Grill team and I’m excited about the added benefits and potential of the Synergy Grill, which offers genuine added value to distributors to offer to their clients. I’m looking forward to contributing to the company’s future growth plans.”
Synergy Grill’s CEO and chairman Justin Cadbury welcomed the appointment, saying: “Mark combines critical industry knowledge with a desire to introduce progressive technology. His experience as a chef will play a key part to help clients recognise how the Synergy Grill will benefit commercial kitchens. The whole Synergy grill team welcome him and he will no doubt help drive this award-winning British piece of technology even further.”
Praise poured in for Cooke from some of his former colleagues, including Glen Roberts, director of sales at Brita UK: “I had the pleasure of working with Mark for over 5 years. He is a dedicated industry professional with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
“His clear and focused understanding of the marketplace, its customer base and supply chain has enabled him to develop numerous longstanding relationships across all sectors of the foodservice industry. Good luck Mr Cooke!”
While Paul Anderson now MD of Meiko UK, who was formerly commercial director at Gram UK, commented: “Mark Cooke is one of those rare people that has the presence and manner to provide professional and qualified advice. His desire to succeed and willingness to assist have proven to be very welcoming in our commercial catering industry. Having a senior catering background has enabled Mark to assimilate with all areas. He is a true gent and exceptional operator.”