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Julian Metcalfe OBE, founder of itsu

Julian Metcalfe OBE

Pret A Manger & itsu
Founder

Julian Metcalfe is founder of Asian-inspired food outlet itsu, which sells its sushi, salads and noodle health-foods in over 70 UK shops (and 1 in New York) and its branded products in supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and Waitrose and online through Ocado and Amazon. Julian is also co-founder of Pret A Manger, the fresh sandwich, soup and salad chain, which he started in 1986 with a £17,500 loan. It now operates in six countries, with international sales of £202m on total turnover of £776m in 2016. Julian studied at the Polytechnic of Central London and received an OBE in 2014 for services to the hospitality industry.

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