// Waitrose appoints Martyn Lee as its new executive chef
// It’s part of the grocer’s ambition to boost its commitment to food quality and innovation
// Lee will lead a team of development chefs based at the Waitrose Food Innovation Studio in Bracknell
Waitrose has appointed Martyn Lee to the role of executive chef, as part of the retailer’s investment in food quality and innovation.
Lee will head up a team of development chefs based at the Waitrose Food Innovation Studio at its Bracknell headquarters, which was officially opened last year.
The upmarket grocer invested £1.5 million in the facility, with the aim to increase the pace of “cutting edge and distinctive products”.
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Lee’s role will include developing Waitrose’s own-brand ranges, some of which include Waitrose & Partners No.1, Heston from Waitrose and Cooks’ Ingredients.
He 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.