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Award Winning Chef Joins the apetito Team

Leading provider of meals to Care Homes, apetito, has appointed Jethro Lawrence, former Head Chef at the 2 AA Rosette Woolley Grange Hotel and BBC MasterChef: The Professionals’ quarter finalist, to the role of Development Chef within its business.

Jethro will be working closely alongside the company’s in-house dietitian, Emily Stuart, and the existing team of chefs headed by Phil Rimmer.
apetito’s meals and service provision are widely respected across the Care Home sector and Jethro’s appointment is set to drive further value and innovation into the menu line up for residents across the company’s growing customer base.

Jethro was initially one of five top chefs that were handpicked during the pandemic to help develop the highly successful Culinary Inspirations range for apetito, in what was described as ‘a unique approach to product development’. Speaking of his permanent appointment, Jethro says:
“Working with apetito across the development of Culinary Inspirations was a great experience – so much so, that when the company was looking for a new development chef, I welcomed the opportunity to join this dynamic team on a permanent basis.

“When we – as chefs – create dishes for consumers in a restaurant, a pub, or a hotel, it is a very different approach to creating inspirational and nutritional dishes for our care homes customers across a variety of different needs.

“For example, meals need to take into account the requirement for elements such as softer, or moulded, meals for those living with swallowing difficulties, energy dense dishes to counter malnutrition, and of course meals that are ‘free-from’ the 14 known allergens. There are many complexities involved, which are both fascinating and challenging.

“There is also a growing trend towards plant-based meals, and there are exciting new innovations in the frame for this year. It’s an exciting time in the company’s development and I’m delighted to be on board”.

Head Development Chef, Phil Rimmer concludes:
“It’s terrific to have Jethro join our team on a permanent basis. He is undoubtedly a very talented chef and a household name further to his appearance on Master Chef where he was a quarter finalist.

“Jethro adds a new dimension and great value to our meals development programme, and our customers are also excited that we are bringing in fresh innovation and talent which they in turn can present to their residents”.