Andrew GreenA highly respected chef with a “passion for quality”will be taking over the helm of the Craft Guild of Chefs from the 8th June as the leading chef’s association bids a fond farewell to its retiring CEO.

As the guild celebrates its 50th birthday, vice-president Andrew Green will take over from Martin Bates in the new role of Director of Operations, building on a more strategic approach.

With a long career in contract catering, from running the head office of the Daily Mail General Trust for Compass Group to his present position of group manager for independent school caterer The Brookwood Partnership, Andrew is set to bring new impetus to the role.

In particular, he brings strong organisational skills with a thorough understanding of the catering industry in which the guild is known as the UK’s leading association.

Chairman Christopher Basten said: “With Martin leaving, it was the ideal opportunity to review our management structure, and we felt a more office-based leader would be the best way to take the guild forward. Andrew is the ideal candidate, bringing with him a wealth of working knowledge, a passion for quality and an almost forensic detail to the way he works.

“I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank Martin for his sheer dedication and outstanding contribution to making the guild the fantastic association it is today. He has been a staunch supporter of the guild’s commitment to promoting education and the advancement of culinary art and science across all sectors, and we wish him well in his retirement.”

The Craft Guild of Chefs is now looking for a new administration assistant to replace Franciska Kiraly, who has decided to move on to pastures new. “Franciska has been a true asset in her time with us and wish her all the very best for the future,” said Christopher.

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