Our Team 2018-09-24T11:27:22+00:00

Liam Wall – Operations Director

I’ve been working in the industry for 26 years in a number of different roles, starting at Turnells in New Covent Garden as a night loader in 1990.  I then moved into sales and learnt my trade at Prestige Primeurs. Following on from this I went on to work in sales at I.A.Harris for 8 years, then a further 2 years at Sheringhams. In 2016 I moved to join Premier as Operations Director and I hope to oversee the further growth and success of the business.

Jason Linke – Director

I’ve been in and around the market ever since I was a ten year old helping my Grandad during school holidays. Then on my 17th birthday, my grandad bought me a van, 20 bags of onions and 50 boxes of tomatoes and sent me on my way. That was the start for me building up a customer base in the restaurants and sandwich bars in the West End. I’ve stayed in the industry since then, and having worked in another family business, then joined Cream of the Crop in 2009 as Warehouse Manager. In 2010 I moved into the purchasing side and have been director since 2013.

Rosie Edwards – General Manager

My career began in 2009 with a telesales role at Cream of the Crop. As with many others, my role grew with the company and soon I was supporting the purchase and sales ledger teams. As we expanded,  the whole team chipped in; I’ve even driven the vans and packed orders when needed to! Soon Cream of the Crop became Premier Fruits Catering and we were joined by H&B Hawkes and Chefs Connection. In more recent times I starting looking after accounts and have been managing the HR side of the business.

Dean Cuningham – Financial Controller

I joined Cream of the Crop in 2007 as a driver. Between then and now, I have fulfilled most roles within the company, from driving and transport department, up to my current position of Financial Controller.  In this time we have seen the company evolve a lot up to the Premier Fruits Catering we see today.

Alfie Johnson – Management Consultant

Third generation greengrocer who has been involved with the family business since childhood. Initially, started helping my grandfather who had a shop in Islington. After school I helped my mom who had a market shop in Highbury. Left school at the age of 15 and joined as an apprentice, worked for a jeweller in Hatton Garden for 18 months. Later joined the family business alongside my father in 1972 at old Covent garden market. Worked in retail for several years and took over Covent Garden Supply limited as a Managing Director in 2007. In late 2017 Covent Garden Supply joined force with Premier Fruits Catering. My favourite fruit is mango and vegetable is sweetcorn.

Neil Foster- Business Development Manager

After finishing catering college I started my first job as a commis chef in 1988 and worked in all areas of the industry from restaurants to pubs and hotels. In 1994 I moved into junior management and progressed quickly to General Manager for Whitbread Inns managing large food houses. In 1997 I decided to move into foodservice sales and started with Regale Frozen Foods as sales executive. As part of my sales progression in moved to KFF Foodservice in 2000 and spent five and half years as Area Sales Manager selling frozen, chilled and ambient. In 2005 I joined Brakes Foodservice as Business Development Manager for the London and South East Region. 2010 brought a new challenge with Coastline Produce, a Fruit and Veg supplier moving into the Foodservice market. As Regional Sales Manager I worked with sales team to grow sales of foodservice lines into existing customers and building new customers. In 2014 I decided that London would be my hunting ground and joined the Team as Covent Garden Supply. With the coming together of CGS and Premier Fruits catering in January 2018 there are exciting times ahead.

Clare Wilson – Sales Executive

Starting out in the hospitality industry at 16. My background is Hotels working my way up the chefs ladder to become Senior Sous Chef to a Brigade of 25. Moving on to work in Directors Dinning/Contract Catering/Sales and Distribution.

These varied roles have helped me when joining Cream of the Crop / Premier Fruits Catering as Sales Executive in 2014. Working alongside a passionate team we have built up a great customer base and it keeps growing … what more can I say. Once you have the hospitality bug it just doesn’t go away!

Nicolette Davidson -Account Manager

After bringing up my Daughter, my background in the Foodservice industry started 16 years ago as a telesales operator for the national distributor Reynolds Catering looking after the Prestige work, I then moved into their customer service department and then onto sales as an account manager, working in various departments has given me a great insight into customer expectations. After leaving my previous company I joined Covent Garden Supply looking after a variety of customers, when we then joined forces with Premier Fruits Catering. My big passion is travelling and learning something new every day, which this industry has helped with these along the way.

Michael Thorpe- Head of Sales

3rd generation greengrocer who is one of the remaining few who also worked in the Old Covent Garden, just off The Strand, over 40 years ago. I Entered Foodservice about 25 years ago. I Spent about 20 years working for a national distributor but in the twilight of my career wanted to go back to my old roots in the market as Covent Garden is still a vibrant hub. Im Passionate about produce and giving the customer the service they need. y My Favourite fruit raspberry, Hate tomatoes.

Lukas Piwowarski- Buyer

I first started my adventure in the industry back in 2008 when I took a role that was intended to be temporary but has evolved into a way of life for me. I started as a packer/loader at Sheringhams, learning the trade day by day and working my way up to night shift supervisor. After 8 years of learning and experience at Sheringhams I was offered a buyers role at Covent Garden Supply. In the past 2 years have seen the business from a different perspective. I am excited to play my part in the bright future with Premier Fruits as a buyer.

Daniel Llanfear – Assistant Buyer

I started working in industry after graduating from university in 2014, and straight away really enjoyed the fast paced and continually changing nature of it. I began working at Sheringhams in a data entry and junior admin role. I quickly gained an interest in the industry and began taking on other tasks from purchasing dry stores to pricing for customers. In 2016 the opportunity arose for me to join Premier Fruits Catering and I gladly took it. I look forward to helping the company grow even more and am excited to see what the future holds.

Craig Matson – Procurement

Started his career as a chef in Bournemouth , working my way up to Head chef position.

I decided to make the move to London and started off working in the warehouse learning about more products and managed to work my way into the procurement team. I am thoroughly enjoying my current role and it’s great to be on the other side,  sourcing and supplying products for chefs to enjoy.

 

Waldemar Konieczny-Transport Manager

I started working  at Cream of the crop eleven years ago as a driver. Working my way up through the ranks, learning all the routes to become transport Manager. I am responsible for a fleet of 49 drivers making sure all deliveries are made on time. No job no problem for us.