– HEAD CHEF –
Richard grew up in Whanganui and completed his London & City Guilds Chef Training in New Zealand. For nearly three decades, Richard has embarked on a culinary journey that has spanned many parts of the globe where he has been influenced by many cultures and cuisines.
– MANAGING DIRECTOR –
Minnie grew up in Wellington and started her path in the hospitality industry by working for some of the groundbreakers in the city’s vibrant food and beverage industry and has never looked back. Her extensive experience encompasses restaurants, cafés, bars, nightclubs, hotels and events.
Essence Catering has been at the forefront of the region’s catering market since its opening in 2005. Our team at Essence Catering is our most valuable asset and some have had more than ten years of working history with the company. They are all well skilled and have a wide range of experiences in the local food and beverage industry. Our chefs are all New Zealand qualified and are made up of individuals who are passionate about food and location catering. Our service team love to ensure that every one of our guests are well looked after and all share in our passion of exceeding guest satisfaction. Essence Catering is also supportive of mentoring the next generation of hospitality staff and works closely with UCOL and similar training organisations to provide opportunities for work experience outside class.