Julian Metcalfe

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Julian Edward Metcalfe
Born (1959-12-14) December 14, 1959 (age 58)
Nationality British
Occupation Founder and CEO itsu
Known for Founder of Pret a Manger
Founder itsu
Founder Metcalfe's Food Company
Spouse(s) Melanie Metcalfe (m. 1992; div. 2005)
Brooke Metcalfe (m. 2008)
Children 3

Julian Edward Metcalfe OBE (born 14 December 1959) is a British entrepreneur and founder of food retailers; Pret a Manger, itsu and Metcalfe's Food Company. [1][2]

Early life[edit]

Metcalfe is the grandson of Edward Dudley Metcalfe, MVO, MC, an officer in the British Indian Army and a close friend and equerry of Edward VIII.[3]

Metcalfe was educated at Harrow School in north-west London, he later attended the Polytechnic of Central London, where he first met his later business partner, Sinclair Beecham. [4]


Metcalfe founded Pret a Manger, the popular sandwich shop with college friend Sinclair Beecham in 1986.

Metcalfe founded itsu in 1997.

Metcalfe founded Metcalfe's Food Company in 2008, it sells Asian inspired food under the brand name itsu and a range of snack food under the brand name Metcalfe’s skinny.

Metcalfe's skinny snack food Metcalfe's Skinny Topcorn is a popular brand of popcorn in the United Kingdom.[5]

In 2016 Metcalfe sold his interests in Metcalfes Skinny in full to Kettle Chips Owner Snyder's-Lance.

Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to the hospitality industry.[6]


  1. ^ Pender, Lesley; Sharpley, Richard (2005). The Management of Tourism. SAGE. p. 99. ISBN 0-7619-4022-7. 
  2. ^ Ruddick, Graham (21 September 2013). "Sunday Interview: Pret A Manger founder Julian Metcalfe". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Ziegler Philip (2004) "Metcalfe, Edward Dudley", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 24 March 2007 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  4. ^ "Pret A Manger Julian Metcalfe and Sinclair Beecham". 
  5. ^ "Metcalfes Popcorn tops Tyrrels in Trial The Grocer magazine". Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b14.