My staff are the backbone of Cook 4 U Ltd. They
produce first class meals covering all ethnic requirements.
Food preparation for any function is prepared and
finished in a professional and attractive style.
I have had the pleasure of working with most of
my staff for many years. We all love preparing food and working
with you, the client.
My staff and I look forward to meeting you and
helping you with your next function.
Carolyn Cook (owner of Cook 4 U)
My name is Carolyn Cook and in my years in catering
have enjoyed catering numerous occasions, e.g. weddings and family
I have now branched out into more private corporate
functions. Industrial catering is what I have specialized in - factory
restaurants, commercial catering contracts and any private function.
This is a profile of what I have done so far in
my catering life ...
After my school education I went to Technical College and did
a 2 year course in
catering. From there to Newmarket in England and worked in a hotel
as a general dogs body. It was very hard work but good training.
I took 2 years off to work as a housekeeper for
a Member of Parliament and his family in London. It was very interesting
as I worked within the Jewish community and spent time in Israel.
I learnt the rules of food preparation and service as required by
On completing that, I did a Cordon Bleu course,
qualifying with honors.
Then it was time to make my career in catering.
I started with industrial catering those hours were reasonably sociable
and paid well. I went to work for Grand Metropolitan Catering Services,
which I did for 16 years as a contract caterer.
I worked at head office of British Steel Corp,
Watney Brewery at Mortlake, and John Brown Ship Builders Head office
in Paddington. There I had a 32 storey office block to provide with
tea trolley rounds for the staff of 2300.They also had a company
apartment overlooking Hyde Park at which we did business lunches
for select persons, e.g. Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, The Russian Trade
Minister, The Chinese Trade Delegate, and Mr. Pinkers (the Queen's
gynecologist), just to name a few, quite a mixture.
Another job was for 1000 people. This included
the Queen and Prince Phillip, catered in a field in Suffolk in November,
under canvas and it was very cold. We almost froze. Luckily the
food was a hot menu.
One day I hope to write a book, about all the
interesting people I have met and worked with, it will be called
:: "Likes and dislike of the *Rich and Famous*"
But the most interesting chapter will be on the
Formica Family and New Zealand and how their tastes have changed
over the last 10 years. I have also had the pleasure of running
the Papakura Rugby Clubs cafeteria for 9 months, having a wonderful
newspaper article written about my services in the local newspaper.
Each year I try to better myself in all the catering
fields here in New Zealand. So I applied for the Papakura Police
Cafeterias contract, which I was the successful applicant and having
been successfully running it now for 5 years. The Papakura Police
cafeteria is run more on the lines of a small restaurant, which
makes it more fulfilling for me. I am also running the Henderson
Police cafeteria in the same style.
We have had to cater other functions outside of
these cafeterias for the Police. Such as providing 200 packet lunches
over 2 days, for 40 personnel supplying breakfasts, lunch and dinners
over 10 days. They are very busy and active people and they need
their food at regular times. We provide them with healthy nutritional
meals. Myself and staff are called upon for these meals without
warning which we supply very happily for the length of time required.
We supply meals to any other person in the police buildings, guests,
visitors or inmates. * Our all day breakfasts are a great hit.*
We are also catering for the Papakura District
Council. This work is on a different level, from special finger
food functions to morning tea, lunches for workshops, and council
meetings with hot dinners.
We sound very busy but we are never too busy to
do outside functions e.g. weddings and birthdays. So please do not
hesitate to give me a call, as we will be only too happy to help.
Cook 4 U Ltd