Tortilla has appointed James Garland as food director.

Garland previously spent more than five years with Honest Burgers, beginning as group executive chef in 2019 and later as director of BOH operations, supply chain, & compliance.

He has also served as group executive chef for Harbour Hotels Group and Gaucho.

The news comes soon after the group acquired Fresh Burritos, the second largest Mexican fast casual group in Europe after Tortilla. The deal is a ‘transformational’ step that offers the group a foothold to kickstart its European expansion.

Speaking on an investor call following the acquisition on 25 June, CEO Andy Naylor said the Fresh Burritos offer will be replaced with the ‘more comprehensive’ Tortilla menu, while making improvements to the supply chain with a new production facility in Lille, France.

The board is excited by the opportunity to ‘own’ the Mexican cuisine category in Europe, following in the footsteps of US-based Chipotle and Australia-based Zambrero, Naylor added.