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Holmesterne’s progressive Development Kitchen achieves above average success rates for customer food launches

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Here at Holmesterne we have been making a significant programme of investment into our onsite Development Kitchen. This is in direct response to a growing demand from customers wishing to bring new food ideas and meals to market. The Kitchen is very much at the heart of the business and now benefits from new equipment and a dedicated team of skilled food technicians headed by Development Chef Richard West.

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Richard West - Diversity has kept me dancing!

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We prised Richard out of the Development Kitchen to talk about his career in catering and his life in the food industry:

“I started my journey into the food industry aged 13, washing dishes at a Cavalier Steak House in Leeds.

On leaving school at 16 I went to Catering College in Birmingham for 2 years and then out into the big wide world of Hotels and Restaurants with jobs in Somerset, Coventry and Bath before moving to the North East in ‘89.

My last job, before I moved into Food Manufacturing, was as Head Chef at Chapters, a Restaurant with Rooms, in Stokesley, North Yorkshire where I ran the kitchen for over 5 years.

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