Award winning chef, Jethro Lawrence, has joined leading care home meals provider, apetito.
The former head chef at the 2 AA Rosette Woolley Grange Hotel and BBC MasterChef quarter finalist has been appointed development chef at apetito.
Jethro, who was among the top chefs handpicked by apetito to develop its highly successful Culinary Inspirations range during the pandemic, will work closely with in-house dietitian, Emily Stuart, and the existing team of chefs headed by Phil Rimmer.
“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,” Jethro said.
“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, added: “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.”