Richard Baker, formerly of The Restaurant Group and ex-chief executive of Benito’s Hat, is to head up the launch of a new health-based, grab-and-go concept, called Sano To Go, MCA understands.

The concept is the brainchild of TV’s medicinal chef and nutrition expert Dale Pinnock and Doug and Heather Richards, who behind the School of Culinary Medicine, the UK’s leading online nutrition education business.

MCA understands that the company plans to open its first site under the new concept in central London at the end of next month.

The company said: “Sano brings together nutritional science and a passion for food. The result is a radically new approach to eating and well being, one based on facts not fads. An approach which puts the knowledge of how to eat and live better in the customers hands.”

Baker stepped down from Benito’s Hat in February 2016.

He joined the Calculus Capital-backed group in the spring of 2014, taking over from Graham Ford, former operations director at Strada.

Baker joined the then six-strong group from Garfunkel’s where he was senior operations manager. He held the same position at TRG Concessions where he was for four years.