Postcode readers really look forward to perusing the Food Fiend Experience column with its tempting recipes provided by Kathy Fitchett who has been contributing to the paper for the last 3 years. However, there is a lot more to Food Fiend Experience than recipes and a cookery school. Kathy is seeking to develop the corporate side of her business by offering to host team-building cookery events to staff of major companies. â€œCreating a meal together can be a great team-building experienceâ€, Kathy told me, â€œeveryone is working together to create a common objective â€“ just like you want to achieve in the workplaceâ€.
Kathy also hosts, what is probably the most exclusive dinner ticket in town, her own private dining club. For businesses who want a unique culinary experience, with absolute discretion and privacy, Kathy can provide top end dining at her beautiful home. Several of Havantâ€™s major employers and public figures can testify to the delights of cuisine a la Kathy.
Small businesses are also able to enjoy Kathyâ€™s hospitality at the regular networking events which she hosts. Typically, a group of up to 12 local self-employed people will meet to listen to a guest speaker talk on a topic such as marketing and then enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch. â€œBeing self-employed can be an isolating experienceâ€, Kathy confided, â€œI think it is so important to network with other small businesses, not just to try to gain business, but to share experiences and support each otherâ€. Kathy attends many networking groups and recommends small businesses to get out more and connect with other enterprises.
It is nearly 3 years since Kathy started her Hayling Island business but she is never complacent about success. â€œI want to keep on building my business and in particular work with local colleges and major employersâ€ she told me â€œI have a unique business and want to bring more people together, through the medium of cookery and fine dining, to enable them to do better business together.â€ Success is something that Kathy has achieved through gaining a coveted 5 star rating with Trip Advisor. She has also been nominated for various business awards.
Kathy moved to Hayling some three years ago with the idea of running a business from her home which would embrace her love of cooking. Her core business is still the teaching of cookery through hands on experience and demonstrations to a variety of individuals and groups. Kathy has a beautiful home with a huge demonstration kitchen and dining facilities which can accommodate up to 24 covers. She specialises in Asian fusion cookery and vegetarian dishes but is able to cover all cuisines.