Waitrose & Partners has appointed Martyn Lee as its new executive chef as the retailer aims to boost its commitment to product quality and innovation.

Martyn Lee will head up a team of development chefs based at the Waitrose Food Innovation Studio at its Bracknell Headquarters, which was officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2019.

Lee has held senior product development roles with a number of major food manufacturers and retailers, with the aim of bringing food trends to life while supporting each business to deliver product innovation.

Most recently at Tesco, Lee also worked for Moy Park as a senior development chef which included spending a year collaborating with the Waitrose innovation team on new meat, fish and poultry products ranges.

Lee’s role will include developing the retailer’s own brand ranges, some of which include Waitrose & Partners No.1, Heston from Waitrose and Cooks’ Ingredients.

Speaking of his appointment, Lee said: “Waitrose is known for pushing the boundaries on quality and delivering cutting edge innovation but also for its strong sourcing credentials – so it’s incredibly exciting to be joining the team. I’m looking forward to adding my own creativity to one of the UK’s most respected brands.”

Natalie Mitchell, head of production innovation & own brand at Waitrose & Partners, said: “I’m delighted that one of the leading development chefs in the industry has joined Waitrose. Martyn’s wealth of experience and creative vision will help us to continue offering the high-quality and distinctive products our customers expect.”