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ANDREW TWELLS

MIH, MCFA Master craftsman, Regional Culinary Director Compass Group APAC

Craft Guild of chefs development chef of the year 2013; Craft Guild of chefs Competition chef of the year 2007; Culinary Olympic and World cup Gold medalist

Andy currently is the culinary director for Compass group in its emerging Markets for Asia. having operated in Hong Kong for 2 years within compass groups Business and industry sectorhe is now extending his role to encompass other regions in Asia . He has been working as a chef for 30 years and for Compass Group for  the last 14 years both in the UK and internationally. Previous roles include Executive chef At University of Derby where Compass enjoy a world leading partnership interacting with the university’s educational programs. He returned to UK in 2014 after a spell with Compass Canada as Food services director at the prestigious Niagara college. Prior to this Andy enjoyed a unique retail role as executive Development chef for the M&S estate within Compasses Instore division with 5 Brands to look after the development was none stop and led to a UK industry award in 2013 for the development chef of the year. Earlier roles include Group executive chef with Restaurant associates Aviation. Executive Chef BAA restaurants, Executive chef and General Manager at SAP.

Before his time with Compass Group, Andy enjoyed periods running a 2 rosette restaurant in Suffolk, Heading a patisserie and bakery In-flight operation for Saudi airlines in Riyadh.

Andy’s career started in hotels from country houses to grand 5 stars. Haling from a military family Andy’s calling led him to join the Royal Air Force where he served for 14 years as a chef, his service took him to Falkland islands, Germany, Cyprus, and all over the UK. During his service, he represented the Military as one of the inaugural members of the Combined services culinary arts team, entering in many national and international culinary competitions and continues to do so to this date both for the Craft Guild of Chefs and Compass Group. Andy lists his proudest achievements to date as; third best pastry entry in the World overall at Luxembourg World cup 1998, Two Olympic Gold medals in 2000 and the Grand prix winning entry at the British open cookery championships 2006. As a craft guild Master craftsman and recipient of the Competition chef of the year award for 2007, Andy has always advocated the development of his trade specialising in patisserie and the development on new talent, As such he created the Culinary Academy within the Craft Guild of chefswhich still runs to this dayas  the means to delivering this vision for our future chefs keeping skills alive.