Long-serving executive officer at NZChefs, Carmel Clark, has stepped down from the role to concentrate on her telephone marketing and sales research company. Her husband Keith remains the financial director of the national organisation.

Clark started with NZChefs in 2005 in a communication position when the World Congress was staged in New Zealand, and the work developed from there. The development of the organisation over the past 12 years into a key industry player has put more emphasis on the infrastructure and her role in which she has seen a number of leading chefs pass through the ranks. In the past 12 years, she now believes she has achieved her goal of developing the organisation.

In addition to developing her own business, Carmel has also taken on the executive officer position with the NZ Specialist Cheesemakers Association and will continue to work with the foodservice industry.

Her position with NZChefs has been taken over by Janine Quaid of the training company, Renard Group. Quaid is well known as a chief judge at numerous industry competitions and a long association with the industry.