Introducing our new Development Chef!
Introducing our new Development Chef, step forward and take a bow Simon Walley!
Freshview Foods are delighted to announce that we now have our very own Development Chef, Simon Walley has joined the Freshview family. His experience and skill set make him a perfect fit to assist our customers with menu development, advise on new concepts, new recipes, menu costings, NPD work, food trend support and kitchen management. Simon will also be working closely with our buyers to bring new and exciting products onboard to expand our product offering.
Simon has been a chef since he was 15. His first real exposure to serious food was in the then Michelin Star kitchen of Juniper in Altrincham working under Paul Kitching, and he became completely hooked. After earning his ‘whites’ with Paul he moved to London and began working at Chez Nico in Park Lane, one of only a small handful of 3 Michelin Star restaurants in Europe. After gaining a great deal of knowledge and experience he moved on to the Ritz Hotel. 3 years at The Ritz service came to an end when he was approached by The Conran Group to work as a chef at Tournant in The Pont de la Tour, The Cantina del Pont and the Butlers Wharf Chop House. After a further lengthy stint with The Conran Group as a young and ambitious man he left to further his understanding of gastronomy and travelled to Australia. During a 7 year stay, Simon worked in Melbourne at Le Restaurant and then Vue de Monde which was recognised as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world 4 years on the trot and best restaurant in Australia 3 years in succession.
Since returning to the U.K. and starting a family Simon has continued his culinary journey, working with some amazing chefs at fabulous venues before starting up his own consultancy. A chance meeting with Freshview resulted in Simon joining our team and with plans for our new development kitchen underway, exciting times are ahead for the Freshview team and our customers
Life outside of the kitchen Simon is married to Jade and has 2 children, Harley his son and the newest addition to the family Ottilie his daughter. Simon has an active life enjoying cycling, golf, rugby & triathlons.
Simon is a welcome addition to the Freshview family, he is a great fit for our business. What excites us most is the added value and support he will be able to offer you, our customers.