Here is a little about us…
Ever since I was young I have loved to cook. My other love is travelling – all over the world. I spent 20 years working in Guildford travel agencies, offering as good a service to the discerning client, as possible. Advising people where to go on that trip of a lifetime was quite a responsibility but very rewarding. A great job to have.
However, I always aspired to set up my own business. Then to hopefully one day be able to say it ‘was our family business’, which of course now – it well and truly is. Especially when husband Tim also joined us in 2017. But, back in January 2000 I combined my true love of cooking and hosting with the knowledge of knowing how to offer a great service (learnt from those travel agent days) and Merrow Savouries was born.
Nearly 20 years later and experience has included cooking for country markets and farmer’s markets who told me ‘we will sell literally as many of those quiches as you can make’. Spending 10 years managing and cooking for a busy vegetarian restaurant. Cooking for wine bars, restaurants and bistros. And to name just a few events- feeding, hosting and entertaining film and popstars, fully managing and catering lovely vintage weddings, family christenings, smart book launches, posh photo shoots, cocktail parties, wonderful family anniversaries and birthday parties and simple family get-togethers. Even a couple of divorce parties! With guests from just 15 to 700. Be it in a village hall, a family home, a marquee in a field or a beautiful venue. Literally 1000s and 1000s of functions and events and I can honestly say I love every one of them. Whether it is devising the menu, the cooking itself or the planning and management of the occasion. And my favourite event? Possibly, rather surprisingly, it is funeral receptions. At a time when someone who has lost a loved one and is at their very lowest, they entrust us to cook for their guests and completely rely on us to do what needs doing – ensuring the occasion runs as smoothly and sympathetically as it must. Which, hopefully, is a huge weight off their shoulders and of course – is an honour to be asked.
In some ways I admit to having a few of the same passions as Mum. I too have loved cooking since I was young and love travelling all over the world, but not with Mum!!! I also like to keep fit, and am very interested in healthy eating options. Although trying to maintain what I have gained in the gym, is not always easy especially if my signature home made sausage and mustard rolls, gruyere cheese straws or triple chocolate brownies need even more tasting!!!
I started my catering and hospitality journey in a very busy farm shop and delicatessen whilst assisting with the cooking and management of the adjacent restaurant, run by a TV chef. Then I joined the well known Italian restaurant chain of Carluccio’s, another TV chef(!), on their management trainee scheme, absorbing all the important, vital skills and disciplines of being a part of such a successful and popular brand, and helping them to set up new restaurants.
Working with prestigious catering companies and venues followed managing their functions and events. Knowing you played a major part in the success of a special occasion is a wonderful feeling. Then a further 2 years as the manager of a smart boutique hotel with its superb restaurant. Always learning the very best way to do things. And now? I am so very pleased to be able to amalgamate all my experiences and bring them to our family business. And my favourite? It has to be managing that hot, uber busy kitchen. The busier the better. Preparing and cooking delicious food for our guests.
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Guildford (01483) 850186