I have spent a lifetime in catering as I grew up as a hoteliers son. From an early age being able to pour the perfect gin & tonic to opening a bottle of wine with a waiters friend and being able to pour it properly. It was ingrained into me from those formative years.
My first jobs as a teenager and young adult saw me cover all aspects of front of house, from portering, banqueting waiter, bar work, waiter within fine dining and casual dining. To then supervisor roles within bistro, formal dining and banqueting. Some of which within the surroundings of my fathers 30 bedroom Georgian luxury country house hotel.
Next came my introduction to the kitchen, initially this was during my break whilst doing foh splits helping my mate in the kitchen as he was always in it! He suggested I became a chef full time as I had a talent for it, 20 years have now passed and my experience has gained my much in the way of knowledge and technique. I spent over 6 years in a fine dining seafood restaurant, leaving as the head chef with 3 rosettes to my name. From there to a busy city centre bar/brasserie serving up to 700 covers a day, brunch, lunch, dinner and pdr. I then spent 10 years within B&I running a blue chip law firm looking after their hospitality and staff restaurant, all to the highest standard, offering all formats of food from, canapes, buffets, working lunches to top quality fine dining. This extended to their homes for private work for directors and partners of the firm. Other private work has involved charity auctions offering a tailored experience within the comfort of your own home.
From there I moved into education catering and headed up the food offer for a privately run contract caterer offering full catering services to primary, secondary, academy and fe establishments across the country. It was my responsibility to develop and drive the food offer across all platforms and within my time in this role the company almost doubled in size taking on £12.5 million of new business in 12 months, not part to some of the initiatives and new approaches that I introduced in my time with them.
I now start the next chapter in my career by launching B13 Bespoke Catering which will offer private chef services to private clients and businesses alike. B13 can be followed on all platforms across social media. Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.
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Founder B13 Bespoke Catering