We have a highly experienced and professional recruitment team with a genuine passion for the hospitality industry and a diverse network of established client relationships across all sectors of the market.

We pride ourselves on offering both clients and candidates a dedicated recruitment service with a personal touch.

Gary King

Gary King

Managing Director

After successfully completing a two year Hotel Management and advanced Chef training course Gary spent three years working as a Chef in the capital before entering the recruitment industry as a Consultant with Blue Arrow hospitality recruitment where he spent three years. Gary then spent a year with a Hong Kong based Search & Selection Consultancy before joining Reed hospitality recruitment where he spent nine years before setting up Collins King & Associates with former Reed colleague Matthew Collins in July 1999.

Gary is still actively involved in the hospitality industry and also sits on the management committee for ACE and the fundraising committee for Springboard.

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Martyn Smith

Martyn Smith

Director

Martyn trained as an apprentice Chef with Hilton Hotels before joining Sodexo UK and spending four years at three separate London sites. He then moved to Charters Catering as a Directors Chef in a high profile City based Merchant Bank where he spent almost three years. Martyn entered the recruitment industry with Berkeley Scott Chefs Division where he then spent three years before joining Collins King & Associates in August 2001. Martyn became a full Director and shareholder in the company in September 2012, and now oversees all culinary recruitment matters.

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Aidan Fraser

Aidan Fraser

Account Director – Chefs Division

After completing a work experience placement in a local hotel kitchen, Aidan discovered his passion for the hospitality industry which led him to take up a number of culinary roles in hotels, Gastro-pubs, fine dining restaurants and events catering. Aidan moved into specialist culinary recruitment in 2003 with an established regional recruitment company, and built a solid reputation placing all levels of Chefs within the Home Counties, before joining Collins King & Associates in January 2013, focusing on culinary recruitment within London. Following a highly successful 2 year spell, Aidan relocated to Dubai, as Talent Development Manager for the 5* resort hotel, Atlantis, The Palm, where he was responsible for sourcing all levels of Chefs and Management personnel. Aidan re-joined Collins King & Associates in April 2016 as Manager for the Chefs Division.  He is primarily responsible for the recruitment of senior level Chefs within the hotel and restaurant markets both in the UK and Internationally.

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Bradley Gold

Bradley Gold

Account Director – Management Division

The newest addition to our team, Brad trained and worked as a professional chef for 10 years with Davy’s of London and Village Kitchens.  Brad also ran a successful event catering business and retail café in East London, before moving into the recruitment industry in 2001, where he spent over 10 years working with some leading niche industry recruiters.

Brad joined Reed Hospitality & Leisure in July 2011, working as Executive Consultant, and recruiting all levels of permanent Management, Culinary & Support personnel, before joining Collins King & Associates in January 2017.

Brad brings a wealth of all round hospitality & recruitment industry experience to Collins King & Associates, and this is coupled with a genuine passion for the hospitality industry that complements our business and further enhances our recruitment team.

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Ruth Ray

Ruth Ray

Account Manager

Ruth has a wide range of experience and knowledge gained across the hospitality, catering & events Industry. Ruth commenced her hospitality career in busy branded restaurants before moving to the corporate events sector where she spent two years working in event planning and Front of House Management. Ruth then moved to the Contract Catering field as Service Manager at a leading London Hospital before joining Blend recruitment in late 2009 where she was responsible for recruiting Management personnel across a number of different markets. Ruth joined Collins King & Associates in May 2011, and is responsible for the recruitment of Management, Sales & Marketing and Events personnel within the Corporate Dining, Contract Catering and Events market across London and the Home Counties.

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Nathan Craigie

Nathan Craigie

Account Manager – Chefs Division

After completing a 3 year formal Chefs diploma at Farnborough college Nathan joined The Four Seasons hotel in Hampshire as part of their pre-opening team in early 2004, where he spent 3 years before transferring internally within the group, first to The Four Seasons Boston, and then on to the Four Seasons in Florence, Italy. Nathan returned briefly to London to work in the Two Star Michelin restaurant at The Capital hotel in Knightsbridge, before travelling out to Australia where he worked as a Sous Chef at two of the leading restaurants in Perth. After returning to London in 2012 Nathan Joined Tom’s Deli in Notting Hill as Head Chef before entering the recruitment market in 2013. Nathan joined Collins King & Associates in February 2014, and is primarily responsible for placing all levels of Chefs within the commercial catering, private members clubs, events and pubs sector.

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Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright

Account Manager – Chefs Division

After completing a work experience placement and becoming a Commis Chef in a local hotel kitchen in 2001, Matthew discovered his passion for the hospitality industry.  In 2004 he took a gap year to travel Asia and Australia to experience new food trends and cultures.  After returning to the UK in early 2005 Matthew took up a number of culinary roles in regional hotels, Gastro-pubs, and fine dining restaurants, progressing to Head Chef Level. Matthew left the hospitality industry to move into Sales & Marketing within the specialist IT sector in June 2012, where he was Head of Customer Service for a regional IT company for 3 years. Matthew finally combined the skills learnt in both roles, and moved into hospitality recruitment with Collins King & Associates in May 2015.  Matthew is responsible for the recruitment of all levels of Chefs, primarily within the hotel and restaurant market across London and the home-counties.

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Abby Cheek

Abby Cheek

Recruitment Coordinator

Abby joined Collins King & Associates in February 2015 having spent the previous two years working as the recruitment administrator for a leading Essex based regional recruitment company.  Abby’s primary responsibility is providing direct operational and administrative support to the Collins King recruitment team.  Abby is also responsible for handling junior level appointments for key clients, regular project management assignments and the update and management of current vacancies on the Collins King & Associates and host websites.

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