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CELEBRITY CHEF STEVEN WALPOLE JOINS GATE GOURMET

15 January 2008, London - Steven Walpole, a budding talent on the celebrity chef scene, has joined Gate Gourmet, the UK’s leading airline service company, as Senior Executive Chef to British Airways.

Steven will bring his flair, passion and commitment to healthy eating to Gate Gourmet’s BA first-class menus and will work with the company’s team of talented chefs to deliver menu innovation and culinary excellence.

On his appointment Steven said: “I am looking forward to new challenges of designing appetising and healthy meals in an industry that is not traditionally known for the quality of its food. With the team at Gate Gourmet I am confident that I can bring something new to menus that are already top of their class”.

A familiar face on BBC UK Food and Discovery Health, Steven has also assisted on BBC Saturday Kitchen and has cooked at prestigious venues including Browns Hotel, The Lanesborough, The Waterside Restaurant at Bray, The House of Commons and Llyods of London. He taught a group of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen students, regularly lectures on childhood obesity, runs workshops on healthy eating for children and is consultant chef to the charity HOPE. A recipient of many culinary awards, most recently Steve won the 2007 Quality Food Award in the Bread Category.

Tim Cocker, Commercial Director UK & Ireland at Gate Gourmet, said: “We are pleased to have attracted a talent such as Steven to join our already excellent team. Steven will help Gate Gourmet to push the boundaries of airline food, using the very best people and the finest and freshest ingredients to develop menus that match offerings in top restaurants whilst also reflecting the health needs of our passengers”.

ENDS

Notes to editor

Gate Gourmet UK & Ireland is part of Gate Gourmet International. Gate Gourmet is the world's largest independent provider of airline catering and provisioning services.

Image included of Steven Walpole, Senior Executive Chef to BA, Gate Gourmet
For further information contact
Ben Steele, 0207 5263657 bsteele@apcoworldwide.com

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