Chris Jewitt is a born-and-bred Tynesider who started his life in the food and drink industry at age 17 washing pots in a restaurant's kitchen. What started as a job he disliked, turned into a passion for food and drink which would later on see Chris open his own, critically acclaimed restaurant in Newcastle. This was followed by time spent as Sourcing Manager for leading Fairtrade organisation, Traidcraft and then as Food and Drink Specialist for the Department for International Trade, roles which have taken him all over the world.
In every position, Chris has had a determination to put the North East on the map as a global destination for acclaimed food and drink. This spurred him on to set up Food and Drink North East (FADNE) which officially launched in February 2020 of which he is Founder and Managing Director.
Putting his skills and expertise to good use, Chris also works as a Senior Food and Drink Consultant with i2i Consultants working on a range of projects from food sourcing, supply chain and innovation to market access, sales channel development and international trade with businesses from across the UK and overseas.
With a huge passion for food history, heritage, culture and identity, Chris regularly contributes across social media as well as here via his blog.