Calgary Co-op Gets Cooking With New Executive Chef
Calgary Co-op, one of the largest retail co-operatives in North America, announces the appointment of John Humphreys to the newly created position of Executive Chef. Humphreys will be responsible for the development and execution of a new Home Meal Replacement (HMR) program or simply “grab and go” prepared foods for 23 food centres located in Calgary, Airdrie and Strathmore and soon, High River.
Humphreys is an award-winning Red Seal chef whose background includes over 25 years of culinary experience in Canada and abroad. His awards include the Fred Balmer Memorial Scholarship, the Alberta Minister of Advanced Education’s Award for Excellence and U.S. National Restaurant Association’s Best Menu Award.
“John brings a great combination of culinary expertise and approachable leadership style to Calgary Co-op,” says Jeff Ambrose, vice president, operations and merchandising. “His knowledge of the food restaurant industry, passion and creativity makes Humphreys an ideal fit for our new HMR strategy. The retail landscape in Calgary is changing and Calgary Co-op has a fresh insight on what our customers want. We give our customers an exceptional shopping experience, excellent customer service and offer high quality products at a competitive price,” says Ambrose. “We are launching new programs and we are committed to providing greater food to our member-owners.”