I am driven, results focused, type A personality. A car fanatic and food lover too. I enjoy building businesses and teams to deliver outstanding results.
Since it started 12 years ago. David and I founded the business.
Avocado Ritz. Totally 1970’s and I love it!
Rocket Man by Elton John
Meeting my wife
I’m from the Netherlands and I came to Australia after finishing uni, to travel around and work for half a year. My parents were expecting me home for Christmas that year, but I fell in love with the country and 4 years later I’m still here!
I’ve been with Vanilla Blue for nearly 2 years now
Perhaps a little feast of Dutch food, some kale stamppot, rookworst, stroopwafels, licorice and definitely some traditional croquettes and hot chips in a paper cone with sour mayonnaise! (don’t judge haha)
I don’t have any at the moment. My mind is going back and forth about getting one though!
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
I’m very much a morning person, however I do enjoy a night out!
My parents infected me with the travel bug! ? They have always taken me and my siblings on road trips all across Europe and even came to visit me in Australia last Christmas. I have visited over 40 countries and I’m always looking to discover new places whenever I have time off (even if it’s just a long weekend!)
I know this might make me sound like an old lady, but I do like knitting and gardening and I love trying out new hobbies. Not sure if I’d call it a secret talent though, some of the outcomes aren’t as good as others haha.
Nah, no pineapple on pizza!
According to an online quiz (I know, they’re so reliable) I’m a turtle ? peaceful, determined and serene.
I have recently arrived from the UK with my family. I am the new Operations Manager at Vanilla Blue. My wife works within the transport sector and loves her new role. I have 5 children; the 3 older ones are still in the UK pursing the career paths they have chosen. Our 2 little ones just love Australia. I have worked in the hospitality all my working life I achieved the position of Head Chef within the Hilton Hotel group. Before leaving for Australia I was the Operations Director in the UK serving 27,000 meal per day for a bespoke contract caterer.
Steak and chips, UK style
Ice cold beer
Seeing it through to the end or the beach with the family enjoying the life
Meeting my wife
Play the guitar and sing
Human by the Killers
I am Sydney born and raised and have worked in hospitality for the past 10 year. I have a lot of experience in functions and events, also working on red carpet events for Event Cinemas George Street. I joined Vanilla Blue in May this year as the Catering Manager.
I have a 5-year-old English Staffy. His name is Baily
Have had great mentors throughout my career
A homemade lasagne with homemade garlic bread
For me it is a ‘no’
BMX bike, I was always at the local park on it.
Well, as a kid I was fairly sure I could ride my BMX with my eyes closed. After 3 trips with mum to the Emergency department for knocking myself out I gave up.
Out in the sun with family and friends
Terrible singer so don’t have any
I have worked in hospitality for the past 20 years. Having worked in numerous kitchens I have seen a range of restaurant and catering operations that provide a great depth of experience to draw on. I held my first head Chef position when I was 19 years old and have continued to learn and grown from there. I am blessed with a gorgeous family including 2 beautiful daughters, a newly born son and my lovely wife Michelle. Life is pretty busy with 3 little people, but given the chance I like to get out on my mountain biking with friends.
Something very slow cooked (maybe a 10 year slow cook)
Just the one
Lego Pirate ship (I still have it)
Winter (Highland single malt) Summer (Classic old fashioned)
I have a big focus of health and fitness in my life, enjoying training daily to keep strong. I started my career in hospitality as an apprentice at the Marriot Hotel, 18 years ago. I have cooked in a variety of Sydney locations including fine dining, cafes and catering companies. I started a number of years ago at Vanilla Blue as a driver, delivering catering. I am now the Dispatch Manager.
I’ve been at VB for the past 7 years. I started as a driver.
I’m the Dispatch Manager, organising and managing 7 catering van each day. We deliver over 400 orders each week.
My death row dinner would be - Fresh handmade pasta with Blue Swimmer crab, garlic, olive oil and chilli
One very large one….too many to count!
A Steve Caballero skateboard, it was the best. If fact I bought exactly the same deck a few years ago and have it mounted on my wall at home.
Protein shake so I'm fit for my morning gym session in the morning.