Food Development
When it comes to foodservice menu design nothing can replace a chefs insight and understanding, from the quality and performance of dishes, to practical operational considerations and of course the latest food trends. That is why Lee, Neil, George, Adam, Max and Nick are so crucial to all we do at Creative Foods Europe.

Lee Tynan - Food Development Director
Developing his culinary skills in the early part of his career within the De Vere Hotel Group and thereafter as Executive Head Chef at Puckrup Hall in Gloucestershire, Lee brings valuable chef experience to the team. He also has as a strong background in Food Development including roles as Development Chef at McCormick Group, Development Chef Controller at the Brakes Group, Food Innovations & Development Controller at Authentic Foods and latterly as Head of Product Development within Morrison’s retail, managing the Fresh/Chilled and Manufacturing division. Lee brings a proven track record in New Product Innovation, as well as being a well-known and respected Individual within the foodservice industry. Lee manages the Group Development and Technical functions across the group.

Matt Cox - Senior Development Manager
Matt started his culinary career in the Lake District working for a variety of country house hotels before moving to a large hotel and time share complex where he was able to indulge in his passion for pastry. From here Matt moved into Food Development working for Scottish and Newcastle Retail where he played a key rolein the national roll out of the Chef & Brewer brand. Next Stop was food manufacturing with Bar Foods developing frozen soups, sauces and sous-vide recipe dishes for national pub groups, QSR and B2B customers. Matt joined Creative Foods Europe in 2017 and brings a wealth of culinary experience to the team.
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Neil Helyar - Head of NPD Culinary & Sourcing

Neil joined Creative Foods Europe in 2007 strengthening the chef focus of the business. He comes with a strong operator background with over fifteen years experience in kitchen and resort management with the Rank Group and Bourne Leisure. Prior to joining Creative Foods Europe Neil was responsible for developing the food offering for the Butlins brand . His background has given him an invaluable insight into the sharp end of the foodservice market, which paired with his chef skills and innovative ideas has made Neil a real asset to the business.

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Nick started his development career at Unilever Food Solutions working in categories such as soups, sauces & bouillons across the Foodservice Sector. After 5 years working on branded product development Nick joined Unilever's Sous Vide division as a Senior Development Chef where he was responsible for creating bespoke centre-plate meal solutions across multinational Restaurants & Pub brands.
Nick then further developed his knowledge & experience in food development by working as a freelance/consultant Development Chef for 3 years in which time he worked for some leading UK manufacturers including Kerry Foods, Bakkavor & Northern Foods gaining valuable experience in new product categories including Indian & Italian cuisine, Ready Meals, and Salads, Sandwiches & Wraps.
Before joining Creative Foods Europe, Nick worked as Culinary Director at Lyons Seafoods helping to create many exciting seafood dishes that now appear on numerous branded menus across the foodservice sector. Nick brings a wealth of experience to Creative Foods Europe across a wide range of product categories.

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Max joined the business in November 2012 from British Pepper and Spice, a supplier of condiments and sauces to major retailers and manufacturers. A graduate of Leeds University, where he gained a BSc (Hons) in Food Bioscience, Max manages the Oasis Development team & is a key member of the Creative Foods Europe NPD team. As more and more of our customers look to us to have a greater input into their innovation and development programmes Max's extensive experience of process development within the food industry is invaluable.

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Adam joined the business in November 2014 from Orchid Pubs and Dining. He brings over nine years’ experience in kitchen management to the team. Prior to Adam joining Creative Foods Europe he was responsible for the training and delivery of new menus and specifications across five different concepts within the Orchid estate. Adam  went on to develop his knowledge & experience in food development by working closely alongside his colleagues in the Orchid development team. 

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George joined the team in 2016 with a strong culinary background. He started his culinary career at 15 and went onto to study in Birmingham. Working alongside some of the best chefs in the Midlands and in some top Michelin starred restaurants such as “Restaurant Loves” & “Simpsons”, he later went on to run a restaurant and banqueting venue in Staffordshire. After moving to Cape Town he became the Head Chef at an events management company and then proceeded to run his own consultancy and Private Chef Business working with numerous restaurants and cooking for the rich and famous for 2 years.
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