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12/05/2021   Apetito Web Corner

Award Winning Chef Joins the apetito Team

 eading provider of meals to Care Homes, apetito, has appointed Jethro Lawrence, former Head Chef at the 2 AA Rosette Woolley Grange Hotel and BBC MasterChef: The Professionals’ quarter finalist, to the role of Development Chef within its business.

Jethro will be working closely alongside the company’s in-house dietitian, Emily Stuart, and the existing team of chefs headed by Phil Rimmer. 

apetito’s meals and service provision are widely respected across the Care Home sector and Jethro’s appointment is set to drive further value and innovation into the menu line up for residents across the company’s growing customer base. 


 Jethro was initially one of five top chefs that were handpicked   during the pandemic to help develop the highly successful   Culinary Inspirations range for apetito, in what was described as ‘a unique approach to product development’.  Speaking of his   permanent appointment, Jethro says:

“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. 

“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 concludes:

“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”.

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 About apetito:

apetito, is the UK’s leading creator and supplier of meals for the health and social care sector, partnering with 600 care homes, independent schools, nurseries and hospitals.

Each recipe is developed to meet precise nutritional standards – in line with the British Dietetic Association guidelines and Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering.  As proud supporters of the care industry, apetito partners

with many industry organisations such as the National Care Association, National Care Forum and Care England. apetito was also a founding partner of the Malnutrition Taskforce.

apetito is a three-time winner of the UK’s highest business accolade, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, most recently in April 2019, awarded for Sustainable Development.   The company is proud to be an accredited Living Wage employer, and to operate in an ethical and sustainable way that respects the environment, people, and the wider community.

It’s not a typo!  As many of you will be aware, we have always spelled our name apetito with a lower case ‘a’.  We thought it useful to just add this reminder as it’s easy for automatic spell check to correct it for us!