Earlier today Chanticleer Holdings announced the appointment of Mark Allison, international chef and educator, as SVP Culinary and Kitchen. Allison has extensive experience in the culinary arts, working around the world for 34 years.
Mark Allison, a native to England, moved to the U.S. in 2004 from West Glamorgan, Wales, UK, where he was a senior catering lecturer at Neath Port Talbot College and achieved fame winning Restaurant Magazines best College Restaurant in “Wales and the South West of England” competition in 2004. He was also personally honored by Prime Minister Tony Blair for his dedication to the Education and Hospitality field in Wales in 2003.
Since his move to the U.S. in 2004, Mark has been the dean of Culinary Arts Education at Johnson & Wales University, one of America’s most highly regarded culinary arts schools located in Charlotte, NC. He implemented, directed, and evaluated culinary planned strategies and tactics related to the college of culinary arts, providing leadership and inspiration to over 40 faculty members, 20 staff and 1,400 students.
Allison is the author of “150 Projects to Get You into Culinary Arts,” the ultimate guide for any student aiming to become a chef. He has also received numerous honors and awards including 2011 JWU Publishing Award, 2009 JWU Community Service Award, 2008 JWU “Teacher of the Year Award,” and in 2006 the JWU “Outstanding Service Award.”
“I’m extremely excited to been involved with a company that has such strong leadership and a positive vision for the future. Its diverse culinary operations in the U.S. and around the world will make my position extremely interesting, as we strive to deliver the best possible combination of quality food, service and customer satisfaction in a friendly and competitively priced environment,” commented Mark Allison.
“I first met Mark while he was dean of the culinary school at Johnson and Wales, a very impressive campus and valued resource to the Charlotte community. When the opportunity presented itself to have Mark join Chanticleer in the newly created position, I quickly jumped at it,” commented Mike Pruitt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “As we continue to develop, enhance and grow our restaurant concepts having Mark’s skills and knowledge in a key leadership role will be instrumental to achieving our goals. He will work closely with each of our business units to enhance the customer experience.”
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