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Meet the Flavours Catering + Events Office Team!

April 18th, 2024

Meet the Flavours Team here on our website!

 

Belinda, Founder and Managing Director, has grown up in the hospitality industry starting out early in her career managing her parents restaurant before moving on to a national catering company. In 2004 she started her own catering business focused on just sandwiches, which very quickly grew into what Flavours Catering + Events is today –one of Sydney most successful catering companies.

Belinda leads by example, and prefers actions over words. Her hands-on approach in the day-to-day operations shows her unwavering dedication to Flavours.

Company culture is and has always been a top priority for her. She focuses on making a supportive environment where every team member feels valued and appreciated for their unique contributions, taking care of all of the team personally. Believing strongly in the importance of each employee, she takes the time to carefully select the right team members who truly embody the Flavours spirit. Recognition and appreciation aren’t just occasional gestures—they’re woven into the fabric of the company’s culture under her leadership, ensuring that everyone feels like part of the Flavours’ family.

 

In addition to teamwork, Belinda is also passionate about helping each team member grow personally and professionally. Despite industry challenges, she’s committed to keep a supportive atmosphere where everyone can thrive. This dedication has resulted in Flavours’ strong team cohesion and exceptional company culture, and reflects her genuine commitment to the success and well-being of Flavours team members.

Belinda also has a genuine passion for all things culinary, and believes that food contributes in such a significant way when celebrating special occasions. When she isn’t at Flavours, she loves to spend time with her husband and sons on the Gold Coast, dining out and exploring new restaurants and loves a good Netflix series power watch!

Her favourite menu item is the compressed watermelon, togarashi, feta, mint & lime canape.

Belinda is rarely seen without her trusty partner in crime, Chris Watts, our General Manager.

Having worked in food related roles since being a teenager, Chris brings a great wealth of hospitality experience to Flavours. He was the first employee Belinda took on following the launch of Flavours, starting as Chief Sandwich Maker 19 years ago, and evolving into the role of General Manager. Chris is a foodie at heart and an incredibly valued contributor to the Flavours business in many areas, particularly finance, logistics, IT, product development, systems, processes and HR. He admits his inner geek loves a good excel spreadsheet!

No one can deny Chris’ incredible work ethic, loyalty and dedication to all things Flavours and the Sullivan Family. Without his skills, passion, and constant finger on the pulse in all areas, Flavours would not be what it is today. But be warned! Don’t leave chocolate around in the office, he’ll always be the first to sneak it away to his desk.

Chris loves to spend time with his family boating and beaching, and experimenting in his kitchen at home.

His favourite menu item is the house baked chocolate fudge brownie (no suprises there Chris!).

 

Wendy Bryne, our Sales & Events General Manager has over 25 years experience in hospitality, hotels, resorts and the events industry, Wendy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Flavours. Belinda quickly named her  “Wendy Poppins” when she flew in and instantly provided our clients and our team with an exceptional level of service, knowledge and commitment to excellence.

Known for her instant rapport with our clients, Wendy is committed to meeting your needs and exceeding expectations to ensure what is promised is delivered. Her keen eye for detail, efficiency and professionalism has Wendy leading our sales and customer service teams like a well oiled machine.

When not at work Wendy loves loud live music, long walks by the ocean, spending time with her niece and nephew and an occasional Netflix a thon. She loves pineapple on pizza, can’t wait to travel again and can quote everything from Sex and The City

Her favourite menu items are the pumpkin arancini, vegan pesto and the compressed watermelon, togarashi, feta, mint, fresh lime from the canape menu.

 

Brad Pattison, Head Chef, joined the Flavours team in 2022 and brings with him a strong and varied background in various kitchen management roles. His experience in catering for large guest numbers in alacarte, café, club, restaurant and production kitchen environments has been a valuable asset to our team. Brad has a happy, calm and friendly manner, making him an approachable and supportive Head Chef, leading our kitchen team to daily success, while working so well with the wider Flavours team.

He loves that no two days are ever the same at Flavours, in a role that gives him great work life balance. He is a self-confessed sports nut – it’s the only trivia topic he’s great at! He loves everything sport, both watching and participating, particularly cricket in summer and football in winter.

His favourite menu item is the Smoked salmon, crème fraiche, dill, preserved lemon petite savoury tart because he feels it is such a simple canape but with great bursts of flavour.

 

Our Catering & Events Logistics Manager, Tamara Muir, manage the delivery and logistics part of Flavours is no easy task and Tamara brings a very hands on approach to this essential role within the team. She brings an extensive and varied background in hospitality and contributes her friendly, focused and calm approach to our very busy kitchen, dispatch and events team. From assigning our daily delivery schedules to ensuring our delivery team are providing the most efficient and friendly service to overseeing event operations, Tamara’s role is incredibly varied and certainly keeps her on her toes.

She loves the organisation within Flavours and the variety that each day brings. She also loves getting creative at event set ups ! In her free time Tamara loves camping, 4wd adventures and pretty much, anything in the great outdoors. She is a lover of bugs so you’ll never ever see her kill a spider!

Her favourite menu is easy to choose – the Smoked Salmon, crème fraiche, dill, preserved lemon petite savoury tart

 

Sharon Watts is the Dispatch Manager; the one that keeps all the crazy Chefs in line and makes sure that your catering is all there and ready to leave the kitchen! Prior to joining Flavours, Sharon worked in the retail food industry for fifteen years as a delicatessen manager. With a keen eye for detail, Sharon’s expertise is central to managing our quality assurance procedures and oversees the logistics of all outgoing orders.

Sharon loves barbeques, dining out, catching a movie and relaxing with friends over a tipple or two. Sharon is particularly fond of our hearty ‘Twice cooked pork belly, masterstock caramel, micro herbs served on betal leaf’.

 

Gabriel Barduca, Marketing Officer, brings such a positive attitude along with a broad range of experience from marketing & communications to photography, food and beverage service to concierge & reception. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Communication, and a second bachelor’s degree in Advertising. With a passion for photography and a range of professional experiences in this field, including running his own business in branding photography, Gab’s background makes him the perfect addition to our team.

Argentinian, with both Italian & Spanish heritage, Gabriel has traveled and explored over 30 countries, spending some time living in Canada, but is now keen to call Australia home. He has a huge curiosity for the arts and every way to express himself: acting, singing, visual design & writing. He’s also learning how to play several instruments including piano, saxophone & guitar. As a proud Argentinian, he learned to dance the Tango as a kid, when he was 8. Creative guy!

Gab says that he loves that Flavours has such an inclusive friendly team environment which is sometimes hard to find in the hospitality or any professional world. He has a few favourite items from our menu including The Italian Antipasto, and Brownies.

 

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Jenn Corcoran, Senior Catering & Events Manager, is a bubbly, enthusiastic member of the Flavours team and brings with her a wealth of customer service experience from both retail management and event / marketing coordinating roles. She is a valued Event Manager within our team & works closely with our clients to ensure their event comes to life just the way they envisaged.

Jenn loves to travel and is very excited to finally be able to take an overseas holiday toward the end of this year. She loves trying new restaurants, wine tasting and spending time with her loved ones. She has a slight obsession with cows (the highland cow is her favourite animal) and her favourite Flavours menu items are the Chocolate Brownies & the Peking Duck Pancakes

 

Our four wonderful Catering and Events Managers, Nicole, Alex, Diane and Lydia, all have amazing attention to detail, working perfectly in the Events business. They will look after any events from Weddings, Birthday Parties, Engagement Parties and Christmas Parties to Office Functions, Conferences and Training Seminars and Product Launches. You name it, these girls can do it!

Nicole, managing family owned restaurants and cafes for over 15 years, certainly understands food and customer service. She particularly loves helping our clients host events they can be proud of.  Coming from a large Greek family, she understands the importance of food at such events and gives our clients great guidance when making their menu selections, reducing some of the stress of their event planning.

In her spare time Nicole loves to spend time with her nieces and nephews, going to the beach and trying out new quirky cafes in her local area. She loves watching classic movies and has a cool talent of being able to recite lines from a movie after just one watch.

Her favourite menu items are our house baked chocolate brownies and the pumpkin arancini.

Alex, having transitioned from family owned restaurants and cafes to catering and events, Alex brings friendly and genuinely helpful customer service to Flavours. She is one of the first voices you get if you call the office and has a such a great rapport with our clients; she loves to work on a variety of different events with them. The favourite part of her job is menu tasting days! Alex loves dining out, playing soccer and discovering new hiking paths.

Her happy place is either at the beach or cleaning and she considers herself a pretty good espresso martini maker.  Alex’s favourite menu items are the chicken & mushroom arancini balls, black cherry baby blini’s and alllllll our sweet items

 

Diane, coming from a strong event management and guest services background in a variety of fabulous hotels and venues, Diane brings a great amount of experience to the Flavours team. Born and bred in France, Diane moved to Australia in early 2018 and has not looked back since, especially now she is an owner in an Australian race horse that she hopes will have a big race win one day.

While French is her native language, she also speaks Spanish, loves skiing, shopping and being with her beautiful black Labrador. Diane has completed a wide range of studies both in France and Australia in event and hospitality management, tourism, leisure and more that have contributed to great success in her career journey. We feel very lucky to have her as part of the team to work with our clients for fantastic event outcomes.

She loves working at Flavours because of the supportive and welcoming environment (and because the food is amazing she says!)

Her favourite menu items are the house made chocolate fudge brownies and the Souvlaki bbq package

 

Lydia brings a fantastic attitude and experience to the Flavours team. With a strong background in event management, client management, customer service, admin and food & beverage, Lydia brings her skill & helpful nature to our clients. She has worked on such a variety of events for some exciting brands over the years and loves the diversity that Flavours brings to her catering & event management experience

A country girl at heart, she grew up on a farm in Northern Ireland but is delighted to call Australia home now. She loves our beaches & stunning scenery too much to ever move back. Lydia loves long walks in the outdoors, sunny days at the beach & trying new coffee spots.

She says she felt so welcome at Flavours from the very beginning “the people are so friendly & welcoming”. We are loving having you part of the team Lydia !

Her favourite menu items are the chocolate brownies and the Goats Cheese savoury tart

 

Ava is the Catering and Events Coordinator here at Flavours, she listens to what you want and need, and makes sure that your own individual quote is tailored to your every need. All of this – and she does it within 24 hours of you calling or emailing Flavours!

Ava brings her happy energy, enthusiastic attitude and personable approach to the Flavours team, coming from a strong customer service and admin background. She joined the Flavours team in 2023 with a focus on learning all areas of the business so she can grow her role over the coming years.

She loves being a part of the Flavours team, working directly with our customers to assist in their catering needs and loves working on events of all styles. Ava has some great talents away from the office too – she is a fantastic classical piano player and can take on a long beach sand run and make it look easy!

Ava has a strange fear of skip bins and rubbish trucks (oh Ava what did they ever do to you hey?) and absolutely loves anything to do with the ocean, whether it be whale watching, swimming, making sand angels or watching sunsets.

Her favourite menu items are the Salt & Pepper King Prawns and Chicken & Mushroom Arancini from our canape menus

 

Charlie Sullivan, the Apprentice Chef, officially joining the Flavours team in 2022, Charlie has shown a great interest in the family business from a very young age. He first wore a Flavours Chef jacket at the age of just 4! With no babysitter available for the day, Charlie did a ‘day at work with mum’ for a catering job at the school he was actually going to be attending from the following year…. And so the seed was planted! He is passionate about food and all things hospitality and is always learning under the wing of our incredible kitchen team. No special treatment here, Charlie strives for excellence and excited about his role contributing to the shaping the future of Flavours.

With any free time, Charlie loves working on his 4WD, playing golf (he’s actually pretty good!) and binge watching a good TV series.

He loves that every day at Flavours is busy and challenging and makes the day fly by

His favourite menu item is the Roasted boneless chicken, lemon, garlic, thyme

 

I am sure that Flavours Catering + Events would be a lost Sydney Catering company with out these people and all the kitchen and drivers team, and the support that they bring on a day to day basis, bringing delightful, mouth-watering food, from our kitchens to you!

The Flavours Catering + Events family has been rapidly growing since day dot, since 2004, when Belinda Sullivan, the owner and managing director, started her Catering business from her own kitchen at home. It definitely isn’t something that everyone can do! With plenty of hard work, Belinda’s team is now  growing ever so quickly.


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