I have my own Catering business right now, well for last 7 years. 30 years ago my then hubster and I had an Italian restaurant here in NZ for 13 years where he introduced things like home cured bresaola, gnocchi, polenta etc to the country! I did desserts and fronted the restaurant. Then we returned to live in Italy and I stayed 10 years mostly working in cafes and restaurants.
I have no formal training at all..just love food!
I began the catering biz with airline food provided to a major internal airline at the time. Never again! Man was that the most boring and demanding work! We had people come measure and weigh our sandwiches sometimes, we had to make muffins from a premix
, etc. Nope. Nasty stuff airline food as you have no control over what you can provide, all down to a common nationwide boring nasty recipe. lol
Except for the Bircher muesli recipe...but Mr Bircher would turn in his grave at the cream we added!!
No airline provides meals any longer in NZ. It was decided that there were not any flights long enough to warrant it, and I agreed. You cant fly an internal flight for longer than 2.5 hrs here. A cup of coffee and a sandwich suffices. Plus, the airline we catered went belly up one morning at 6 am. Most inconvenient and 3 staff members made redundant that day. We did corporate catering etc so have built on that. Now, I dont do weekends unless it is worthwhile and our Monday to Friday work sure keeps us outta trouble!
Looking to a new sideline outlet at the moment as well as increasing our Wheel Meal service.