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June 1, 2018

Compass Group appoints Michelin-stared chef as brand culinary director

Compass Group UK & Ireland had welcomed chef David Simms back to the business, who will assume his new role as culinary director of Restaurant Associates and Levy Leisure this month (June).

By Katie Imms

Compass Group UK & Ireland had welcomed chef David Simms back to the business, who will assume his new role as culinary director of Restaurant Associates and Levy Leisure this month (June). Compass Group UK & Ireland had welcomed chef David Simms back to the business, who will assume his new role as culinary director of Restaurant Associates and Levy Leisure this month (June).

He joins from the Corrigan Collection, where he worked as managing director, and was formerly managing director of Simon Rogan’s UMBEL Restaurant Group.

With over 20 years experience in the industry, Simms is no stranger to the Compass business – having held the position of group hospitality executive chef from 2005-2016 at Restaurant Associates.

He said: “Restaurant Associates has a rich culinary heritage, serving many of Britain’s most prestigious organisations.

“I’m looking forward to working side-by-side with our clients and our talented chefs to continue delivering top quality dining offers.”

Reporting to Restaurant Associates and Levy Leisure’s managing director, Alice Woodwark, Simms will be responsible for culinary development, supply chain and culinary training across both brands.

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Woodwark added: “David brings significant culinary kudos to our team and truly reinforces our position as the leaders in food service and innovation.

“He has a wealth of Michelin Star restaurant experience, a passion for training and talent development, and a genuinely innovative approach to food service.

“We’re thrilled to welcome him back to our team.”

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