Aramark Ireland has announced that Derek Reilly has joined the company as culinary director.
Culinary kingpin Reilly will be responsible for driving all culinary development across Aramark’s food services division, leading food innovation and working closely with suppliers to promote the use of seasonal and locally sourced products.
He will also work together with the business excellence team, ensuring quality, variety and consistency across the company’s menus. Derek brings with him over 25 years’ experience across the hospitality sector, working alongside some of the country’s leading chefs, including Pierre Koffmann, Derry Clarke, Paul Rankin, Kevin Dundon and Rachel Allen.
For the past number of years, Derek was the executive chef with Sodexo Ireland and counts the G8 Summit and Commonwealth Games amongst his career highlights to date.
In 2014, Derek was named gold medal winner of the Chef Ireland competition, the largest and most prestigious competition for professional chefs in Ireland.
He is also a previous overall winner of the Craft Guild of Chefs UK Chef of the Year 2011 and the 2007 Hospitality Ireland Magazine Awards, Best Corporate Job.
Frank Gleeson, managing director of Aramark Food Services said, “It is a privilege to have had someone of Derek’s calibre looking to join us at Aramark. Derek’s wealth of experience, dedication to exceeding standards, quality and passion for food are key attributes we look for when developing our teams. We are delighted to have Derek on board.”