The Craft Guild of Chefs, the leading professional body for chefs in the UK, has appointed a new chair and vice chair following its AGM on 11th April 2021.
Matt Owens, development chef at Alliance Group and former vice chair of the organisation, takes on the role of chair, while stadium titan Mark Reynolds, executive head chef of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, is appointed to the position of vice chairman.
Andrew Green, chief executive of the Guild, says the appointments are well deserved: “Matt has been part of the committee team for some 20 years now, so he is well versed with how we operate. I’m confident he will not be afraid to move us even further forward and make those all-important tough decisions. No doubt he will have his own ideas, but at the same time he has always been a great listener and always takes on board what others say. To be partnered with Mark Reynolds as vice chair is a great match. Mark’s depth of knowledge and professional approach is a great asset. All in all, exciting times ahead.”
Owens takes over the role from Andrew Bennett MBE, who stepped down in November 2020 due to ill health. He has occupied key positions in some of London’s top five-star hotels such as The Four Seasons Park Lane and The Waldorf Hotel as well as stints at Circadia at Compass, Zuidam, and Major International.
Owens joined Alliance Group as development chef in August 2021 and will continue his role there in parallel with the chairmanship.
He comments: “It was an absolute pleasure to have worked alongside Andrew Bennett as vice chair for 18 months and I really hope I can continue all of the hard work and dedication he put into the Guild. It’s going to be a very hard act to follow. I am thrilled to have Mark Reynolds by my side as vice chairman and along with the rest of the committee, we have a great team.”