Ben Rushworth, formerly of Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, has joined Red’s True Barbecue as its new head of operations.

Rushworth spent seven years with the high-profile chef’s business, including the last two years as a regional operations manager. Prior to that he was a manager at Living Room.

Red’s recently sold its lone London site in Shoreditch to focus on consolidating its efforts in the regions where it operates seven sites.

The Leeds-based smokehouse group opened the 150-cover site in Shoreditch in 2015, as part of a £1.4m investment, with the intention of using it as a base to grow in the capital.

Big Mamma Group, the Paris-based Italian restaurant concept, secured the site for its UK debut.