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Kirby moves to consultancy role

Lexington has announced that chef director Rob Kirby will be moving to a consultancy role at the end of the year, to allow himself time to follow his lifelong dream to open a restaurant with his wife in Palma de Mallorca. He will continue consulting for Lexington and remain very much part of the business, supporting the food team to continue driving innovation and building strong partnerships. 

Kirby has worked with Lexington for over 15 years and has been an invaluable member of the team. Together with Jon Lilley, group development chef for Lexington, he has built a strong food team, who have been driving innovation and change at both head office level and within client sites.  Lilley will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the food team and he will continue to work with Kirby to develop the food strategy for Lexington.

Julia Edmonds, managing director of Lexington, said: “I would like to thank Rob for everything he has done and continues to do for Lexington. His vision and drive have helped us to become the amazing foodie and people focused award-winning organisation that it is today. 

“Rob believes food can bring lots of fun and enjoyment to people and I would like to thank him for bringing this fun and energy to the Lexy team and our clients and customers. He genuinely cares about creating a positive experience for others and has built an incredibly strong food team who feel the same. We will continue to work with Rob, Jon and the wider food team to ensure that we provide our clients and customers with the very best food and service.”

Kirby added: "It’s been a dream our whole lives to open up a restaurant and now feels the right time to make this happen. I have a lot of love for Lexington and while I am embarking on this exciting project with my wife Amber, a big piece of my heart remains with the Lexy team.”