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Leon co-founder Allegra McEvedy to leave the business

27 March 2009 by
Leon co-founder Allegra McEvedy to leave the business

Allegra McEvedy, co-founder of healthy fast-food chain Leon, is to leave the business, it was announced today.

McEvedy is leaving to spend the next few months working on a BBC series and companion book, although she will remain a shareholder in the business.

"Leon has been a huge part of my life for the past five years, and I'm enormously proud of everything we've achieved," she said.

"I've always liked the challenge of new directions. So when this telly opportunity came up, my career-long focus of ‘the best food to the best people' gets to reach a whole new audience."

Former La Tasca boss James Horler stepped down from his position as Leon's non-executive chairman last year after the group failed to make a profit.

McEvedy launched Leon, with John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby, in London's Carnaby Street in 2004.

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By Chris Druce

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