Gather & Gather appoints new Director of Food

London-based catering group, Gather & Gather has appointed Jeremy Ford as Director of Food, who will be taking responsibility for the firm's culinary development and also its specialist events business, Creative Events.

Ford joins from Restaurant Associates, part of Compass Group, where he most recently held the position of Culinary Director. Prior to this, he was Senior Executive Chef and Group Chef, where he was responsible for a team of over 300 chefs across the UK.

Ford has a wealth of culinary and leadership experience, having previously worked alongside Jason Atherton, Michel Roux Jnr and Albert Roux, OBE. He won a Master of Culinary Arts in 2013, and was also awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts in 2015

Bringing his passion for the new and innovative, as Director of Food, Ford’s responsibilities will include setting food and beverage standards, overseeing the development and launch of new products and leading food policy and strategy. He will also be responsible for coaching the next generation of Gather & Gather chefs, with a focus on developing talent for the future.

Allister Richards, Managing Director of Gather & Gather, said, “We are delighted that Jeremy has joined the Gather & Gather family. His exceptional creativity and passion for the industry combined with his extensive experience make him an exciting addition to the senior team. I’ve no doubt that Jeremy will inspire both our people and our food which can only strengthen our position as the UK’s most distinctive workplace catering experts.”

Ford said, “I’m very excited to join Gather & Gather at a time where the organisation has both the ambition and the vision to disrupt the industry all over again. I look forward to working closely with the team to develop amazing food concepts with personality, with wellbeing high on the agenda and innovation at its core.”