Meet the team

Our biggest ongoing investment is in our people - because that’s what we believe genuinely stands us out from our peers. We have a team of truly inspirational people, passionate about delivering exceptional results, and holding themselves accountable for achieving the ambitions of ourselves and our brand partners.

Rob Amar

Year Joined

2001

Food Heaven

Curry and real ale

CV Secret

I’ve never had a successful job interview

Agnieszka Ruszkowska

Year Joined

2007

Food Heaven

Pierogi, Rolada z miesa mielonego z pieczarkami

CV Secret

I joined the army just for a uniform, but a gun was too heavy so it did not work out

Albina Lukaszek

Year Joined

2013

Food Heaven

Sunday roast chicken dinner, with all the trimmings

Andy Lewis

Year Joined

2005

Food Heaven

Steak and chips

CV Secret

I have been on stage at the Magic Circle in London

Andy Rudol

Year Joined

2017

Food Heaven

Hot curry - the hotter the better!

CV Secret

I was a Gold Medal winner at the Amateur World Kickboxing Championships held in Tuscany, Italy (2014 and 2016).

Anne-Marie Cannon

Year Joined

2012

Food Heaven

Lasagne

CV Secret

I served Stella McCartney at a pub where I used to work

Arturas Pranciulis

Year Joined

2017

Food Heaven

Pancakes with bananas

Ashley Hanson

Year Joined

2015

Food Heaven

Sunday roast

CV Secret

I played for QPR Reserves when I was 17!

Bex De Ascencao

Year Joined

2014

Food Heaven

Chicken roast dinner with a glass of prosecco

CV Secret

I played the double of Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Chris Davison

Year Joined

2001

Food Heaven

Tea cakes, crumpets, most bakery products, chocolate, biscuits, chocolate biscuits and duck - not altogether of course. If I had to pick one it would be pan-fried duck breast in papaya sauce, asparagus and dauphinoise potatoes with a nice (big) glass of Fleurie

CV Secret

I used to be Stephen Redgrave's postman

Damian Rowe

Year Joined

2007

Food Heaven

'Mum's' roast dinner

CV Secret

I won a raspberry blowing contest, while dressed as Spider-Man….this wasn’t a drunken night out, I was 8 and at holiday camp in Great Yarmouth

Damian Ruszkowski

Year Joined

2006

Food Heaven

Polish food

CV Secret

I love motorbikes

David Cantle

Year Joined

2015

Food Heaven

Poached eggs with mashed avocado, on toast

CV Secret

I was a published author at the age of 7!

Dawn Bragan

Year Joined

2014

Food Heaven

It's all about Sunday, or 'Flavour Day' as we call it. As a family we all get together and the children have input. Nothing better than watching their pleasure as you munch on their ‘creations’!

CV Secret

I appeared on Tyne Tees television’s Look North programme dressed as a strawberry! (This was for a yoghurt promotion!)

Emma Thornton

Year Joined

2016

Food Heaven

CV Secret

Gabby Patac

Year Joined

2016

Food Heaven

Traditional Romanian beef stew

Gareth Morgan

Year Joined

2014

Food Heaven

Chateaubriand and a bottle of red wine

CV Secret

I once drove a monster truck in the Millennium Stadium

Garry Page

Year Joined

1990

Food Heaven

Fish and chips

Gary Morley

Year Joined

2001

Food Heaven

Italian

CV Secret

I once slipped and fell in the swimming pool when I was coaching to the delight of the parents watching

Geoffrey Savin

Year Joined

2011

Food Heaven

A roast

CV Secret

I like fishing in my spare time

Graham Goggins

Year Joined

2015

Food Heaven

Roast pork with dauphinoise potatoes - nom nom!

CV Secret

I used to play semi-pro football

Graham Johnson

Year Joined

1994

Food Heaven

Cheesy mash

Grainne Lawless

Year Joined

2015

Food Heaven

Prosecco!

CV Secret

I was a bit of a nerd growing up. In a very stereotypical way – I had glasses, frizzy hair and braces – and I once cried because I got a B grade.

Henry Amar

Year Joined

1960

Food Heaven

Products sold by RH Amar

CV Secret

I claim to be one of the few members of the food industry ever to have appeared on stage with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Whilst I was an undergraduate, the Royal Opera arrived in Oxford with a production of AIDA to be performed at the New Theatre. There was a ‘flu epidemic, and many of their 'extras' were unwell. They advertised for tall young men to fill some of the roles, and so I appeared in the first half as 14th Soldier. So impressive was my performance that in the second half I was promoted to the key role of 3rd Torchbearer. I was paid fifteen shillings (75p), but never invited back!

Ian Gemmell

Year Joined

2001

Food Heaven

Roast with all the trimmings

CV Secret

I keep and breed reptiles - mostly snakes!

Jackie Cornish

Year Joined

2006

Food Heaven

Chocolate and crisps

CV Secret

I’ve never had a CV! But I love singing and I get embarrassed if anyone hears me

James Amar

Year Joined

2013

Food Heaven

Bananas

CV Secret

At various times in my life, I've been mistaken for Ali G, Borat, Louis Theroux and David Baddiel - but only dressed up as one of them!

Jess Bartkowiak

Year Joined

2016

Food Heaven

CV Secret

Joanna Barwinska

Year Joined

2017

Food Heaven

Chinese food

John Heynen

Year Joined

2012

Food Heaven

Steak and a few beers

CV Secret

I once appeared on a TV chat show about “Handsome Men”

John Lilleystone

Year Joined

2003

Food Heaven

Curry and a cold beer

CV Secret

I was an extra in a few episodes of a TV series in the 1980s called Drummonds

Julie Wesson

Year Joined

2004

Food Heaven

Chocolate fudge cake

CV Secret

I have Johnny Depp’s autograph after seeing him walking down Rye High Street

Karan Brown

Year Joined

2004

Food Heaven

Rib Eye steak

CV Secret

As a youngster I achieved Gold & Silver Medals in Ballroom & Latin American Dancing

Karen Jones

Year Joined

2013

Food Heaven

Lobster Thermidor

CV Secret

I was a 2012 Olympic Gamesmaker

Karen Williams

Year Joined

2012

Food Heaven

Stilton cheese

CV Secret

I’ve spent 7 years in Sea Cadets

Lesley Parker

Year Joined

2007

Food Heaven

Champagne Cocktail and Kettle Chips

CV Secret

I swam with sharks in the Caribbean - and the guide allocated to us for the children had to hold my hand, not theirs!

Lesley Robertson

Year Joined

2002

Food Heaven

Lobster Thermidor

CV Secret

I spoke Swahili before English!

Lisa Ryan

Year Joined

2014

Food Heaven

A proper Cornish Pasty and chocolate!

CV Secret

When I worked as a Motor Insurance Claims Handler I handled claims for Jay Kay from Jamiroquai and Thierry Henry.

Luke Dodsley

Year Joined

2014

Food Heaven

A Sunday roast

Marcus Blowers

Year Joined

2013

Food Heaven

Cottage Pie

CV Secret

I completed the London Marathon but finished behind an 80-year-old man

Mariusz Moszczynski

Year Joined

2005

Food Heaven

Roast meat, potatoes, salads, pizza

CV Secret

I love classic cars

Mark Crompton

Year Joined

1995

Food Heaven

Scallops followed by sirloin steak and triple-fried chips, along with a bottle of claret

CV Secret

At the height of the Cold War in the 60s I crossed The Berlin Wall at Checkpoint Charley during an evening demonstration in the West to go for a walk and a beer - a very scary occasion! A week later President Kennedy gave his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner“ speech in the same Square in which I had listened to the Berlin Mayor

Markus Endt

Year Joined

2014

Food Heaven

Has to be my favourite 2 egg dish with snow peas and crispy pork belly and keong yong at HK Diner in London’s Chinatown

CV Secret

I worked for the South African Breweries and would receive 48 bottles of beer a month as a perk – but I never enjoyed one as I am a teetotaller. My brother, father and friends enjoyed them all!

Martin Beaumont

Year Joined

Food Heaven

CV Secret

Michelle Davies

Year Joined

2017

Food Heaven

Smoked salmon

CV Secret

My first sales job was with a Scottish Wholesaler called Alexander Clark, where I managed to crash three Peugeot 205s in my first month. It was a long, long time ago, but I still have a real aversion to any vehicle with the name Peugeot in the title!

Modestas Rupkus

Year Joined

2016

Food Heaven

CV Secret

Neil May

Year Joined

1995

Food Heaven

Fish

Nerene Willis

Year Joined

2012

Food Heaven

Tiger prawns

CV Secret

I appeared as a guest chef three times on a TV breakfast programme in South Africa called 'The Toastie Show'

Nick Ash

Year Joined

2016

Food Heaven

Steak and chips, followed by sticky toffee pudding and custard

CV Secret

I was shot on my first day at university, but no lasting damage!

Nina Kamecka

Year Joined

2013

Food Heaven

Chinese king prawns in chilli sauce with vermicelli noodles, BBQ ribs, spaghetti carbonara and my Dad’s tomato soup

Patrick O'Reilly

Year Joined

2006

Food Heaven

Kebabs

CV Secret

I used to play American Football

Paul Routley

Year Joined

2010

Food Heaven

Meatballs and a glass of red wine

CV Secret

I was an unpaid extra in the Rocky V film

Paul Tuhrim

Year Joined

2001

Food Heaven

As many scones as I can manage with mounds of clotted cream and huge dollops of strawberry jam

CV Secret

Many years ago I dressed as a washerwoman for a fancy dress party, wearing a small skirt and fishnet tights. While driving the police pulled me and two other cars over. The other two drivers quickly got out of their cars, while I had to put on the high heel shoes I’d borrowed and totter towards them. They couldn't believe the vision of loveliness heading their way! The other two drivers were booked for speeding whereas the policeman pinched me on the bum and said "Don’t do it again, darlin'" and burst out in fits of laughter and sent me on my way. I’m now rather more selective when choosing fancy dress outfits

Peter Collins

Year Joined

1989

Food Heaven

Roast dinner, doner kebabs, fry ups

CV Secret

I support the best team in the world, Man Utd. And my 1st job was making seatbelts - very boring!

Phill Jordan

Year Joined

2010

Food Heaven

A giant antipasti

CV Secret

I was once cooked for by the Hairy Bikers!

Robin Huckle

Year Joined

2003

Food Heaven

Steak and kidney pie

CV Secret

I'm far too honest to have any secrets

Ruth Amar

Year Joined

1982

Food Heaven

Chocolate

CV Secret

I never graduated from university and I can't ride a bike

Sam Higgins

Year Joined

2003

Food Heaven

Thai Massaman curry and a crisp white wine to wash it down

CV Secret

One hobby is amateur dramatics and I’ve appeared in numerous pantomimes over the years. Oh no you haven’t… Oh yes I have!

Sean Spellman

Year Joined

2013

Food Heaven

Any Thai dish

CV Secret

I spent 18 months working as a Flight Attendant for Virgin Atlantic after leaving university

Simon Fry

Year Joined

2001

Food Heaven

Steak and chips

CV Secret

I'm a trained cocktail barman

Simon Peacock

Year Joined

2000

Food Heaven

Chilli con carne

CV Secret

I went to the Champions league final in 2005 in Istanbul Turkey, missed my plane home and spent the entire next day at the airport before being able to get a flight home (and it wasn’t my fault)

Steve Croft

Year Joined

2013

Food Heaven

Fillet steak, chips and a pint of London Pride

CV Secret

In my teenage years, I was a Goth travelling around the country watching bands like The Sisters of Mercy, The Cult, and Fields of the Nephilim

Sue Paetel

Year Joined

2013

Food Heaven

Fillet steak - rare!

CV Secret

I like to think of myself as adventurous and was recently a passenger in a helicopter trip over Iceland with a pilot better known for working on the movie sets of Tomb Raider and the Bond films as a stunt pilot. Needless to say it was certainly adventurous!

Suzanne Winship

Year Joined

2015

Food Heaven

Chicken roast dinner

CV Secret

I have ridden the Isle of Man TT course on a 1962 Lambretta

Teresa Jordan

Year Joined

1996

Food Heaven

Chocolate

CV Secret

I was the Food Presenter for my School Radio when I was 10 years old

Tim Brady

Year Joined

2000

Food Heaven

Homemade crème brûlée – served on a wooden table in a farmhouse kitchen with open windows giving views over rolling countryside on a late summer's evening with fresh cream and a flagon of cider.

CV Secret

I worked as a stuntman and film extra for a few weeks, alas the film never made the big time and neither did I…

Tim Pugh

Year Joined

2013

Food Heaven

Fillet steak cooked medium to medium rare accompanied with a fresh rocket salad, cherry tomatoes and peppers drizzled with olive oil and a touch of balsamic

CV Secret

My first job out of uni was working for a food manufacturer in Lincolnshire where my key role was to inject pork pies with jelly!

Tony Williams

Year Joined

2006

Food Heaven

Roast dinner followed by apple crumble

CV Secret

I was once photographed in the local newspaper dressed as a space capsule

Zara Schultz

Year Joined

2015

Food Heaven

Mum’s Christmas Dinner

CV Secret

I used to work with Nigel Mansell