About Lovejoy Catering and Events – Our Family

Established in 1963, and originally based in Maldon, we are a family run business spanning three generations. We pride ourselves on our friendly and personal, yet professional service. With over 50 years’ experience catering for thousands of successful events we are well placed to guide you with the planning and running of your event.

To maintain our high standards, our Chef’s select only quality ingredients for your event, ensuring the love and a high attention to detail goes into every dish. This has given us an enviable reputation for great food supported with exceptional service. A statement that is backed by many client testimonials.

About Lovejoy Catering and Events – Our Family

Established in 1963, and originally based in Maldon, we are a family run business spanning three generations. We pride ourselves on our friendly and personal, yet professional service. With over 50 years’ experience catering for thousands of  successful events we are well placed to guide and assist you with the planning and running of your event.

To maintain our high standards, our Chef’s select only quality ingredients for your event, ensuring the love and a high attention to detail goes into every dish. This has given us an enviable reputation for great food supported with exceptional service. A statement that is backed by many client testimonials.

Our Staff

Managing Director – Joey Lovejoy

Not quite your traditional route into catering, after graduating from University, with a First Class Masters Degree, he joined the Ministry of Defence. After 5 years he left to follow his passion for food, and continue the family wedding and event catering business into its third generation.

He originally joined his Uncle, Head Chef William Rose, and trained as a chef but, but due to expansion, Joey is now at the helm and oversees the delivery of every event. Joey is passionate about providing top quality service and catering to match your event. He approaches each event with great dedication and enthusiasm.

Joey is a qualified, and award winning, Project Manager, trained Chef and a member of the Institute of Hospitality.

Head Chef – Luke Pickman

Our Head Chef, Luke, originally started his chef journey training at Chelmsford College in Hospitality and Catering Levels 1-3. From here he worked in various chef roles and also underwent a stage (an internship) with Michael Caines, one of the UK’s most acclaimed and celebrated chefs who is widely credited with bringing modern British cuisine to the world stage.

Luke’s primary focus when creating dishes is to keep them clean and simple, avoiding unnecessary overcomplications. He is passionate about using seasonal, local produce that is sustainably sourced and wants to inspire people with his dishes, by encouraging his customers to try new dishes that they probably would never have tried before.

Events Manager – Catherine Pond

Catherine has worked for us for over 5 years and is experienced working in all areas of the business. She started on our events team working her way up through the ranks to team leader.

In addition to her sales and marketing executive she is our stand in event manager until our events calendar picks up again. She possesses a can-do attitude, is extremely organised and experienced.

In her spare time, Catherine spends the majority of her time looking after our number one mascot, her little girl Maisie, and spending time with her sisters.

 

Our Team Leaders

Our team leaders are your friendly face, and line of communication with the kitchen. They will ensure our service staff make sure your guests enjoy every moment of your event. Nothing is too much for them.

Our team leaders consist of Sarah, Catherine, Caroline, Genna, Elise and Jorden who have over 50 years of experience catering at a variety of venues and events. From wedding catering, to barbecue catering and Christmas parties, you can be sure that you, your guests and your event are in good hands.

Our Event Chefs

We select only the best Event Chefs from around Essex, and surrounding areas, to ensure your event is delivered to only the highest standard. Our Event Chefs have a breadth of experience catering for small or large events, so you can be sure your event is in very safe hands.

Our Prep Chefs and Prep Assistants

Our preparation team are a mixture of qualified Chefs and in-house trained staff with no previous experience, both with a keen commitment to quality. The key to successful delivery is the pre-event preparation and our team understand the importance of that so make certain each item is prepared to perfection.

The Front of House Team

Our front of house team consists of a variety of members with a diverse and broad ranging skill set and experience. Every team member that joins our team is put through a rigorous trial and induction to ensure they provide only the best experience, for you and your guests, at your event.

Our Suppliers

To help support your event we use suppliers to provide us with the additional resources we require. You can be sure that every supplier we use has been hand selected because the share the same professionalism, service levels and demonstrate a strong commitment to quality.

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