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Our Team

Our culinary team’s experience is vast, with 27 years within F&B development, 57 years in restaurant kitchens (12 at Michelin level), 13 years of training in food, 21 in manufacturing, 6 years marketing and buying teams, 19 years in retail and 24 years at director level. Phew!

    Mike Faers

    Founder, F!S Group

    Our CEO and Founder and all round operations guru, Mike has a huge amount of experience from the kitchens of Le Gavroche to heading up Product for McDonald’s Europe and then globally. Growing tired of working with agencies who could talk the talk but failed to deliver, Mike left his role at McDonalds to start FIS in 2010. Having run and established manufacturing plants, innovation academies and worked extensively with all of the UK’s major retailers, Mike offers strategic planning, troubleshooting and innovation best practise to FIS clients, using decades of expertise to ensure that businesses operate efficiently and innovate brilliantly.

    Kelly Dowson

    MD, F!S Group

    Fiercely ambitious, Kelly is the driving force behind the FIS Group and has been here since the start. Kelly produces nothing but her best, and with this approach, guides her team to provide exceptional consumer-centred services to all FIS group clients. Kelly’s dedication to customer service  and project delivery, is second to none. She is passionate about creating and developing high performing teams, and creating an inspiring place for people to work and grow.

    Emily James

    Director of Culinary Innovation

    Emily heads up F!S, taking the lead as team manager and Head of F!S. Her composure in a crisis and determinism to find creative yet flexible solutions means she is the first point of call for our clients. Her commercial background allows her to streamline projects  from start to finish, facilitating progress and getting the best results for every client.

    In the kitchen, Emily’s specialism lies in confectionary and trendy Plant-Based cuisine and has such worked with a range of large FMCG clients including UNILEVER and Subway.

    Alex Dome

    Development Chef

    An acclaimed chef with over 10 years of culinary experience under his belt, our development chef Alex has an extensive knowledge and understanding of food and flavour profiles. His competitive streak saw him into the quarter finals of Masterchef the Professionals as well as into the final rounds of both the RACA annual award of excellence  and BCF national chef of the year awards.

    Leaving his position as Sous Chef at Covent Garden’s Petersham Nurseries Alex joined the development team at F!S last year. Since then, he has come to thrive on fast-paced projects, including TRG, SUBWAY and FOOD STARS, and developed a keen eye for using market trends and latest ingredient solutions to create products that are innovative and  technically sound.

    Mia Vincent

    Development & Marketing Executive 

    A creative foodie with an eye for beautiful branding,  Mia is our internal Marketing expert and development executive; managing our digital and B2B marketing platforms and campaigns as well as providing ongoing project management.

    Having gained her Marketing abilities working with the likes of international contract caterer, Baxter Storey and fashion retailer, ASOS, Mia completed a year at Leith’s School of Food and Wine, qualifying with a diploma,

    Mia spent a year in both private and professional kitchens, honing her culinary skills before joining us at F!S.  She now puts these skills to use in her project work, managing a number of both small and large projects including FutureNoods, UNILEVER and SUBWAY.

    Adam Malejka

    Kitchen Assistant

    Adam is our kitchen assistant come office hero. Supporting the team on anything kitchen-related; from keeping The Arch organised and clean to helping the development team with basic project work or consumer  research, Adam’s everyday support allows our team to do what they do best.

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    193 Carlisle Lane, Waterloo, London, SE1 7LH

    +44 (0) 20 7928 2402

    info@foodinnovationsolutions.com

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