Alpha LSG has appointed Michelin Star chef Kevin Love as Business & Culinary Development Executive Chef.
Kevin (pictured right), who took up his new position on June 1st, heads up a dedicated and talented group of development chefs, to shape the direction of culinary innovation from both a technical and inspirational perspective.
Wayne Gandy, Alpha LSG’s Procurement and Culinary Director, says: “Kevin is passionate about food and has a wealth of experience developing product ranges and working with creative culinary teams at the forefront of the catering industry. Kevin’s role revolves around business development and the culinary requirements of new and prospective customers, using his extensive knowledge and skill to further enhance our reputation for innovation and excellence.
“He will be working closely with our team of chefs across the entire Alpha LSG operation to drive innovation and introduce new culinary techniques. He will also be responsible for developing our chef training programme in conjunction with external partners, such as The Craft Guild of Chefs and colleges.”
Kevin, whose passion for food started in childhood, has worked in hotels and restaurants in Spain and the Pyrenees, including the legendary three Michelin starred El Raco de can Fabes in the Montseny Hills north of Barcelona. In the UK he has held a series senior managerial positions, including front of house roles in a variety of large culinary led establishments.
He was sous chef at the Royal Oak restaurant in East Lavant, West Sussex in 2007 and went on to realise his ambition to prove himself in a high profile culinary hotspot when he was employed as sous chef at Heston Blumenthal’s Hind’s Head, Bray – the popular 15th Century pub. Heston promoted Kevin to Head Chef with the Hind’s Head going on to be awarded Michelin pub of the year for 2011. Even that achievement was topped in October 2012 when the pub was awarded a coveted Michelin star.
He started a consultancy business in 2014 and worked with Lidl UK developing his own range of 30 products aptly called ‘Deluxe with Love’. Appearing regularly on television in the UK and at food and lifestyle shows, Kevin also designed the menus for the Pride of Britain Awards 2015 and the Scottish Our Heroes 2016 awards.