Waitrose & Partners has appointed Martyn Lee to the high profile role of executive chef as the retailer boosts its commitment to product quality and innovation.
Martyn Lee will head up a team of development chefs based at the Waitrose Food Innovation Studio at its Bracknell Headquarters, which was officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2019. Over £1.5M was invested in the facility, helping to increase the pace of cutting edge and distinctive products.
The new appointment is part of the retailer’s commitment to being the most innovative, high quality food retailer in the supermarket sector.
Lee has held senior product development roles with a number of major food manufacturers and retailers, playing a critical role in bringing food trends to life while supporting each business to deliver product innovation.
Most recently at Tesco, Lee has also worked for Moy Park as a senior development chef which included spending a year collaborating with the Waitrose innovation team on new meat, fish and poultry products ranges.
Natalie Mitchell, head of production innovation & own brand, Waitrose & Partners, says: “I’m delighted that one of the leading development chefs in the industry has joined Waitrose. Martyn’s wealth of experience and creative vision will help us to continue offering the high-quality and distinctive products our customers expect.”
Lee says: “Waitrose is known for pushing the boundaries on quality and delivering cutting edge innovation but also for its strong sourcing credentials – so it’s incredibly exciting to be joining the team. I’m looking forward to adding my own creativity to one of the UK’s most respected brands.”
Waitrose & Partners has a strong track record in innovation – it was the first to market with foods ranging from hummus and sushi in the 1980s to the Heston from Waitrose Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding in 2010 to the more recent Chocolate Avocado which was a best-seller last Easter.