UK-based T(n)S Catering Management firm has appointed Wayne Sullivan, a former semi-finalist in BBC show Masterchef: The Professionals, as its development chef manager.

T(n)S expects Sullivan to bring food innovations to the contract catering sector.

Sullivan worked as a head chef at The Old Stocks Inn, Stow on the Wold for a tenure of three years. He also worked at well-known restaurants such as Marcus Wareing’s Petrus, The Montpellier Chapter Cheltenham and The Hotel Wheatleigh in Massachusetts, US.

Sullivan has previously been a key consultant chef at Calcot Manor, The Wesley House, Hotel Du Vin in Cheltenham and The Bell at Sapperton.

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“Being part of a great team giving me the opportunity to grow from within has always been a high priority to me.”

He also served as a head chef at Parkers Brasserie, which was awarded AA 2 Rosette.

Almost two years ago, Sullivan reached the semi-final stage in Masterchef: The Professionals, which was judged by Marcus Wareing, Gregg Wallace and Monica Galetti.

Sullivan said: “I am excited to take this step into contract catering as it offers me a wealth of opportunity for me to harness my 20 years culinary experience.

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“T(n)S is a growing business with a refreshing vision being a quality operator with a progressive culture driven by excellent food and service. Being part of a great team giving me the opportunity to grow from within and being personally developed has always been a high priority to me.”

T(n)S catering managing director Andrew Odell-Rourke said: “Wayne will re-enforce our commitment to drive quality and innovation, whilst delivering new styles of food making a positive impact upon our services further developing our stake in B&I, education and healthcare sectors.”