The Leading Roles

Food Story is privately owned by Jonathan Hamme and Justin Randall. Two entrepreneurs with successful business interests in the finance, investment, property and retail markets. With a strong vision and belief that there is a place within the kosher market for a luxury, innovative business, the owners actively support the Food Story team day to day and are committed to investing in the business for years to come. 

Led by David Swann, David honed his cooking skills under Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck. He is respected industry-wide for his culinary perfectionism and his dedication to menu development. After four years with luxury caterer Rhubarb, David spent two years with supermarket giant Marks & Spencer as the Innovation chef, before joining Food Story over five years ago. David brings extensive experience of large-scale high-profile events to Food Story along with a diverse experience in business and the hospitality industry.

Rabbi Hillel Gruber is Food Story’s Kashrut Director, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from the Kosher food industry. Proudly working closely with the KLBD, Hillel is fastidious in ensuring that the highest standards of kashrut are maintained throughout the company

Senior Event Planner, Rebecca Belson, is responsible for leading the planning for each event. She has organised some of London’s most talked about events  With extensive knowledge and fantastic relationships with London’s most sought after (and a few secretive) venues, Rebecca has privileged access to locations that will unlock the potential of any kosher event. With meticulous attention to detail, Rebecca is an integral part of the core team and has been with us since the beginning.

Pastry Chef, Dora Baracskai, joined us from The Savoy and has experience with Rhubarb, Gail’s and Mossimann’s. Dora has been with Food Story for over three years and has been responsible for our dairy-free dessert revolution.

Operations Manager, Vadim Matus leads our front of house team and guest experience. Vadim brings a wealth of experience with having worked in the industry for more than 7 years. He has an unwavering knowledge and desire for service excellence as well as an ability to train, nurture and lead his team